Seven students are celebrating after successfully completing the first FireBreak course of the year at Crawley Fire Station.
Their achievements were recognised at a Pass Out parade on Friday where they performed ladder and hose drills, which they learnt during their week at the fire station, to a proud audience of family and friends.
FireBreak courses run throughout the year and are predominately aimed at young people in years 8 and 9. The course is designed to help boost confidence and influence students to become positive role models within their community.
The course, run by the WSFRS Youth Project and Education team, is held over five consecutive days and gives students the opportunity to spend the week working with professional firefighters, developing unique skills by participating in activities such as team-building exercises and life-saving first aid techniques, including HeartStart training.
Certificates and medals of achievement were presented by Assistant Chief Fire Officer Neil Stocker who told the students: “It is not always easy to start working in a group with new people but you have clearly come together to work as a team. It is fantastic to see the skills you have developed this week and some of those skills, like lifesaving CPR, should stay with you for life.”
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Youth Instructor, Tony Hills said: “Completing FireBreak is a huge challenge but I am so proud to see how well these young people took to it and their efforts have been outstanding. It has been amazing to watch each student develop throughout the duration of the course and I am confident that their communication skills will continue to grow.”
The students who attended the course were:
• Ben Stevens and Oscar Humphrey - The Weald School
• Charlie Maybank and Stefan Kite - Oriel High School
• Jack Warwick - Tanbridge House
• Rhys Webber and Tyler Maynard - Hazelwick School
Special mention to graduates Ben Stevens and Tyler Maynard who received special achievement awards. Ben received an award for ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement’ and Tyler an award for ‘Contribution to Team Objectives’.
To find out more information on FireBreak courses, visit: http://ow.ly/UXPH3084U7q