We aim to create a safer community by reducing anti-social behaviour and fire setting crime among young people. The primary focus is to make learning a positive experience that inspires them to become role models within their own peer group.
Students attend a fire station for a week, taking part in a structured, disciplined programme of events that combines practical training with classroom-based workshops.
Young people are nominated by their school from years 8 and 9 for FireBreak for a variety of reasons. These can include:
- low self-esteem and confidence
- being bullied or bullying
- being on the brink of exclusion from school
- generally struggling within the school environment.
Young people are offered the opportunity to make alternative choices in life through reflective learning, and they respond well to the use of firefighters as role models.
Other areas the Targeted Education Team covers include:
- school education
- Early Years learning
- Junior Citizens
- pilot work with the Prince's Trust.