FRS SafeTractor Driving Course with Thurles CBS
We recently ran one of our very popular FRS Safe Tractor Driving courses at the Mart in Thurles with 23 teenagers from CBS Thurles.
Safety Starts with our youth and the FRS Safe Tractor Driving Course is the only one of its kind in this country and should be ran in all schools.
The main focus of the course is teaching the teenagers how to operate and drive a tractor safely, with practical instruction being a key component of the training. Tractors nowadays have become increasingly larger in size and faster in speed so they can pull heavier and bigger loads and as a result they may be more dangerous to inexperienced drivers. The vast majority of fatal Farm accidents occur when using a tractor on its own firstly and secondly when attaching or using it with other implements.
I am fully convinced that teaching the correct safety procedures to young people is essential to making them safer on farms when operating tractors and other machinery. Farm safety starts with our youths and instils an ethos and awareness of farm safety that they will bring with them through their farming careers.
The course in Thurles was delivered by Val O Connor (Tutor with FRS Training) over one day when 23 Teenagers made their way from Thurles CBS to the canteen in the mart yard to attend a very informative presentation and DVD on the steps that should be followed when driving tractors.
The theory element of the course takes approx. 1 hour 30 minutes and is followed by a practical driving session by every teenager , where the skills taught in the class room are practiced in a real driving scenario.
Templetouhy Farm Machinery very kindly delivered a 150 HP John Deere tractor to the Mart yard, David Clarke, Cabra, provided a tipping trailer and Martin Ryan, Manager of Mid Tipp Co Op Mart very kindly made his facilities available to us for the entire course.
These courses are generously supported by FBD which is a huge help in keeping the cost down so that the course is affordable to Teenagers.
FRS would like all schools and parents to know that this course is available to them. Once FRS gets a group of 15 students we can then arrange the course in their local area in a very short amount of time.
While the majority of students on the course tend to be male we often had a number of female participants and strongly encourage girls to take part. The course is open to all students from both Farming and Non-Farming backgrounds.
The cost per person is €30 and anyone interested should contact our office at 0505/31588 or 1890 20 1000 and visit our website www.frstraining.com where full details of course content is available and footage from Ear to the Ground.
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