The latest 12 students to tackle the FireBreak challenge have successfully graduated today (31 March), receiving awards of achievement presented by Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Watts.
Their efforts were recognised at the Pass Out parade attended by their family and friends. During the parade, the students performed various drills that they have learnt throughout the course.
The youngsters have spent five consecutive days at Bognor Fire Station learning a variety of new skills including ladder and breathing apparatus drills, HeartStart first aid training and communication skills.
Handing over the awards, Gavin said: “The FireBreak scheme is something we take very seriously in West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service because of the opportunities it gives these young people. Talking to them today they say they’ve learnt teamwork, grown in confidence and some have overcome their fears.”
Simon Woodland, Lead FireBreak Instructor said: “This group of students has shown a real aptitude. It’s been a pleasure to see them perform so well during their parade today, and I’m sure their families and friends are just as proud of their achievements as we are.”
Special awards were given to Joe Roberts and Chandler Merritt for their commitment to team objectives.
Chandler Merritt, FireBreak graduate said: “The course was really good. My favourite part was using the hose reels to spray water, it was exciting and an experience that not many people my age get to have.
“I had not heard about FireBreak courses before, but I would definitely recommend it to anyone.”
The students on the course attend the following schools:
• The Academy, Selsey
• Felpham Community College
• The Littlehampton Academy
• Seadown School
• Chichester Free School
• Bourne Community College
• St Philip Howard Catholic High School
• Cornfield School
• Littlegreen School
• Chichester High School
Please note, one student is not pictured above.
If you would like to find out more information on FireBreak courses please visit: http://ow.ly/o00h30aorxv
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.