FIREFIGHTERS can stand the heat but they will be getting out of the kitchen when their fire station kitchen is used for cookery classes.
Crew members at Rotherham are allowing their kitchen to be used by a chef from Rotherham Catering College who is running a six-week cooking course for local residents.
Every Tuesday evening the station on Fitzwilliam Road is being used to teach residents how to cook healthy meals on a budget.
They are being taught how to prepare and cook family meals during the two-hour lessons.
The initiative is funded by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and all the ingredients are being donated by supermarket chain Asda.
Participants are being offered advice about how to gain employment in the food industry and firefighters at the station will be giving out home fire safety advice.
Crew manager Gary Bruce said: “This initiative will give local people the skills to create healthy nutritional meals while on a budget to help them live a more healthy lifestyle.
“The course will teach them about the importance of fire safety and will hopefully increase their confidence in the kitchen.
Sam Jarvis from Asda said: “We are proud to support this cookery course and believe it to be a great initiative to teach local people how to cook healthy, nutritional meals.”