FireBreak graduates impress audience at Shoreham Fire Station


Release date: 21 May

Thirteen of our FireBreak students have graduated after impressing a proud audience of family, friends and instructors at their Pass Out Parade.

The students participated in a range of drills at the parade including hose running, ladder climbs and wearing breathing apparatus. They have also learnt vital skills throughout the week such as communication abilities; fire and road safety knowledge as well as gaining a HeartStart qualification.

Gavin McCourty, Lead Instructor, said: “From the pre-meets to the Pass Out, during this process each of the students has excelled in reaching their targets.

“The commitment given from the group has been outstanding and they have made my time leading this course thoroughly enjoyable.”

The ceremony was also attended by Caroline Nichols, High Sheriff for West Sussex, Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities and Neil Stocker, Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

The students attend the following schools:

  • The Angmering School
  • Worthing High
  • Davison High
  • Shoreham Academy
  • Springboard
  • St Andrews High
  • Chatsmore High
  • Bohunt
  • One student is home schooled

A special mention goes to Sonny Heard-West for his award in ‘commitment to excellence’.

Not only did we bid farewell to the students at the ceremony, but also to Tony Hills, Crew Manager who has worked in the Targeted Education Team for 14 years. Tony will now join West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Crewing Optimisation Group (COG).

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