Our Targeted Education team has spent five days at Bognor Fire Station, inspiring young people to become positive role models through West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s latest FireBreak course.
Instructors have spent the week teaching the students a variety of skills including ladder, hose and breathing apparatus drills as well as life-saving HeartStart first aid training.
A proud audience of family, friends and teachers attended a Pass Out parade at the end of the week. During the parade the students began by performing hose drills, where they all worked together to put out smoke issuing from the drill tower.
The young people also showed off their ladder skills and wore breathing apparatus to rescue a casualty from the tower before two of the children performed CPR on the casualty.
Awards of achievements were presented to the students by Jon Lacey, Area Manager of Response, who said; “The skills and knowledge that has been demonstrated by these 13 young people has been incredible and they are a credit to all of our instructors.
“It is clear to see how well all of you have bonded throughout the week, students and instructors, and this is why FireBreak is a campaign that I really believe in.”
Lead Instructor, Simon Woodland, commented: “Watching the students develop as the week has progressed and seeing their efforts during the Pass Out parade has been a privilege.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to my team of instructors. The time and effort that has been put in to this course, not only this week but behind the scenes has been outstanding.”
The students attend the following schools:
• The Amicus Community, Fontwell
• Midhurst Rother College
• Chichester High School
• The Academy, Selsey
• Ormiston Six Villages Academy, Westergate
• Littlegreen School, Compton
• Bourne Community College, Emsworth
• Bishop Luffa School, Chichester
• The Littlehampton Academy
• WSAPC Littlehampton
• St Philip Howard Catholic School, Barnham
FireBreak is an initiative that West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has been running since 2006. Throughout the years the courses have encouraged many students in Years 8 and 9 to become more confident and develop their communication skills.
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.