Release date: 12 July 2019
A group of ten secondary school pupils from across West Sussex have been put through their paces as part of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s FireBreak programme.
Watched on by family and friends, the pupils took part in a Pass Out Parade on Friday afternoon (12 July) at Bognor Regis Fire Station following a week of intense training, which gave them an insight into life as a firefighter as well as a number of valuable life skills.
This saw the pupils try their hand at hose running, climbing the ladders and getting to grips with the breathing apparatus.
They have also learned about fire safety, CPR and have gained a HeartStart first aid training qualification.
Jeremy Beard, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Area Manager for Risk and Improvement, presented the graduates with their awards, alongside the High Sheriff for West Sussex Davina Irwin-Clark.
He said: “FireBreak is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn more about our fire and rescue service, while picking up some really valuable skills such as teamwork, discipline and self-confidence, which we hope they will be able to take away with them and put to use in their lives.
“When they arrived on Monday morning, none of them knew each other. But they have worked together as a team, demonstrating real determination to complete what is a very challenging course.
“We hope they will believe in themselves and what they can achieve, and that they use this course as a springboard on to bigger and better things.”
There was also special recognition for two of the graduates, with Alicia Saigeman receiving a Special Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, while Cody Belcher received a Special Award for Commitment to Team Objectives.
FireBreak is a programme run by the WSFRS Targeted Education Team. It is aimed at secondary school students encouraging them to become positive role models and learn skills they can use to help towards maintaining a safe community.
The 10 pupils who took part were:
• Alfie Walden from St Philip Howard
• Alicia Saigeman from Felpham Community College
• Cody Belcher and Frankie Curd from Chichester High School
• Evan Goble and Lewis Johnson from Chichester Free School
• George Pike from Selsey Academy
• Joe Willson from The Littlehampton Academy
• Leo Ozawa from The Angmering School
• Tilly West from Midhurst Rother College