Fourteen young people are celebrating today (10 March), after successfully graduating from the latest Firebreak course at Shoreham Fire Station.
Throughout the week the students have taken part in a range of activities such as using breathing apparatus, HeartStart first aid training and ladder drills. Students attend the course from a variety of schools in the area and the week provides an opportunity for them to meet new people and develop their communication skills in a new environment.
Their efforts were recognised at a Pass Out parade where they worked together to perform ladder and hose drills to a proud audience of family and friends. Certificates and medals of achievement were presented at the parade by Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Neil Stocker.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has run the course for a number of years and it has been a huge success throughout the county.
WSFRS Firebreak Lead Instructor, Gavin McCourty, said: “The level of dedication and commitment that has been shown by this group throughout the week has been outstanding.
“It has been a huge privilege supporting the students throughout the week. I hope that the skills these young people have learnt will stay with them, not only when they return back to school but through the rest of their lives.”
The students from this week’s course attend:
• Durrington High School
• Chatsmore Catholic High School
• Springboard Education
• Shoreham Academy
• Steyning Grammar School
• Bohunt School
• Worthing High
• Davison High School for Girls
• St Andrews High School
Firebreak is a programme run by WSFRS Youth Projects and Education Team. The course is designed to help young people between 12-14 years old develop into positive role models within their local community. This is done by spending five consecutive days at a fire station and participating in firefighter training.
For more information on Firebreak courses, visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-rescue-service/fire-safety-advice-for-young-people/fire-rescue-service-youth-team/
Please note, one student is not pictured above.