GRIT students celebrate their success at Midhurst Fire Station


Release date: 27 November 2023

Eleven young people aged 11 – 13 have successfully completed the latest GRIT course run by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

The course, which was named GRIT to symbolise resilience, focuses on building personal resilience, healthy relationships, and stronger communities, as well as improving physical and mental health.

It aims to create a positive experience to inspire young people and give them the opportunity to learn a range of skills and grow in confidence.

During the course, the pupils from Midhurst Rother College took part in a packed programme of drill yard skills, including running hoses and squirting water, first aid training, teambuilding exercises, and outdoor activities.

A special pass out parade was held to celebrate the pupils’ achievements on Thursday (23 November) at Midhurst Fire Station in front of family and friends.

Station Manager Mark Purves attended the event and presented the young people with their certificates.

Speaking after the event, he said: “I was delighted to meet the young people who took part in our latest GRIT course.

“Watching them demonstrate their new skills with so much confidence was fantastic. It was clear to see how much they have enjoyed the course and they should all be very proud of themselves. 

“We’re proud to be able to offer these courses and we know they make a real difference to the lives of young people across West Sussex. The combination of practical skills and personal development delivered by positive role models really helps to create a positive learning environment that suits their needs.”

West Sussex County Councillor Duncan Crow, Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue, said: “The success of these courses is fantastic. It’s great to see young people across West Sussex benefitting from this targeted support and helping them to achieve their potential. Not only does it make a real difference to them, but also to their wider communities as they continue to grow and thrive.” 

People can find out more about West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Targeted Education programmes.

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