Students hoping to pursue a career in the uniformed services paid a visit to Fawley to learn more about the site’s Fire Response Group (FRG) and its close working relationship with external agencies.

The trip saw 30 learners make the short trip from Itchen Sixth Form College, Southampton, to Fawley, where they were hosted by the site’s Chief Fire Officer Richard Jones and Community Affairs Adviser Angharad Vaughan.

Angharad welcomed the visitors, who are all studying a BTEC Level 3 in Uniformed Services, to Fawley, and gave an overview of ExxonMobil’s Upstream, Downstream and Chemicals business. She also touched on the importance Fawley places on being a good neighbour to the local community.

Richard then spoke more about the Fawley’s present-day operations and the role of the FRG. As well as highlighting the responsibilities and capabilities of the on-site fire team, Richard also outlined the close working relationship with the external emergency services and how this is both encouraged and maintained through joint training exercises and information sharing.

The students, who are in the final year of their two-year course, were then taken on a coach tour of the site, which included a brief stop at the fire station. Afterwards, course lecturer Mike Dunn said: “We are really grateful to ExxonMobil Fawley, and particularly Richard and Angharad, for hosting us on this visit. The students gain so much knowledge from this type of trip, which engages them in a way that’s not always possible in classroom-based lessons. We had some fantastic feedback and hope that the visit can become a regular part of our curriculum.”