Barnsley College Public Services students have paid a visit to New York City to learn more about prison and fire services in the USA and gain a deeper understanding of the events of 9/11.

The group of 25 students on Level 1, 2 and 3 study programmes went to Suffolk County Jail in Long Island where they met with police officers who discussed their role and experiences with the learners. The students saw the medium and high security wings for both male and female prisoners and learnt about gang activity within the prison.

A visit to Riverhead Fire Department in Long Island gave the students an insight into the operations of a volunteer fire department including the training that the 200 volunteer fire fighters undertake each week, the workings of the control room and its back-up procedures and information on each of the ten different fire service vehicles. The students had a discussion around 9/11 and how firefighters and their families were affected.

The group also visited Ground Zero and the Downtown Manhattan Museum where they toured an historical exhibition about 9/11 which explores the background leading up to the events and examines the aftermath and continuing implications.

Mark Ryan, Programme Manager in the college’s Sport and Public Services department, said: “The trip gave the students the chance to experience unbelievable educational opportunities. They took in lots of information which allowed them to compare how British and American Public Services organisations operate and they were a credit to themselves and the college.”

It is not too late to enrol for a Public Services study programme at Barnsley College, call 01226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk for more information.

Last updated: 5th May 2015

Originally posted on: 5th May 2015