Crawley Fire Station has hosted our latest FireBreak Pass Out parade, which marked the end of the week long course that’s seen 13 students successfully graduate.
The young people, between the ages of 12 to 14, demonstrated skills that they had learnt during the course at the Pass Out, including hose running and using breathing apparatus to rescue a casualty on fire ground, to a crowd of family, visitors, and teachers.
Throughout the week, our Targeted Education instructors have taught the young people a range of skills, including, home fire safety advice, road traffic collision consequences and HeartStart training – a British Heart Foundation first aid qualification.
As well as enabling the students to gain experience of firefighting techniques, the FireBreak course also allows them to develop their confidence and communication skills in a new environment.
The Pass Out parade was attended by Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Watts and the High Sheriff for West Sussex, Lady Emma Barnard.
Gavin Watts, said: “We run this course because we know it makes a difference. We want these young people to be our advocates – testing smoke alarms, driving safely and promoting safety.
“The Pass Out parade today highlighted that these students have grasped the opportunities given to them with both hands and I hope that they continue to grow and achieve their goals.”
Special awards were given to Hope Mussel and James Melville for their commitment to team objectives, and to Chris Parrin for his outstanding individual achievement.
The students attend the following schools:
• Oriel High School
• St Wilfred’s Catholic School
• Thomas Bennett Community College
• The Forest School
• Holy Trinity School
• Tanbridge House School
• Ifield Community College
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.