There was a special celebration at Horsham Fire Station on Friday (September 15) when eight students successfully graduated from our first FireBreak course of the academic year.
This was a pass out parade with a difference as West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service hosted a dedicated course for young people from Muntham House School, which supports young boys with challenging behaviour.
The newest graduates spent five days at the fire station taking part in a range of team-building and problem solving activities, practising ladder and hose drills and gaining vital life-saving skills with HeartStart first aid training.
During the graduation ceremony the group demonstrated the new skills they had learned in front of an audience of very proud family, friends and teachers.
Having showed off their brand new skills, the graduates were presented with certificates and medals of achievement by Assistant Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex, Kieran Amos.
Lead Instructor for this FireBreak course, Tony Hills, explains how far the boys have come in their week spent with firefighters; “Starting on our FireBreak course is a real challenge for many of the youngsters we see; students are expected to display the respect and discipline of a firefighter right from the first morning on station.
“I’m thrilled to say that our group has risen to that challenge and made their families, teachers and instructors very proud. Their efforts during the pass out parade are testament to this and we have no doubt all of our graduates will be taking away skills and knowledge to benefit them at home and at school in the future.”
One student is not pictured.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.