YOUNG people from around Helensburgh and Lomond have been learning the basics of firefighting as part of their summer holiday activity programme.

Members of the Helensburgh and Lomond Youth Forum visited the town’s community fire station recently to take part in their first Fire Skills course, learning about some of the techniques used by full-time and retained firefighters on call-outs around the area.

They also spent time practising vital life-saving skills on the public access defibrillator installed at the South King Street station.

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The event was part of the Forum’s GIVE programme (Get Inspired through Volunteering and Engagement), which is running throughout the summer holidays.

Another popular feature of the programme saw participants take to the streets of Helensburgh on July 10 for their annual ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ initiative, aiming to put a smile on the faces of residents and visitors by giving out hand-made paper flowers and encouraging people to write messages on a ‘Positivitree’.

Look out for the group's members in and around Helensburgh over the coming weeks!

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