Seven young people from Mid Sussex were celebrating on Friday (January 23) after graduating from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service's latest FireBreak course at Haywards Heath Fire Station.
Their achievement culminated in a presentation ceremony where they performed fire service hose and ladder drills and demonstrated the new skills they'd learned to their proud family and friends.
FireBreak is an innovative youth programme run by West Sussex firefighters in partnership with County Council colleagues from Targeted Youth Support. It is aimed, primarily, at young people between 12 and 14 and actively encourages students to become positive role models among their peers and within their communities.
The course is based at a Fire Station and run over 5 consecutive days. Students take part in a range of activities including fire service drills, team-building exercises and learning life-saving first aid techniques. Participants also learn about the importance of fire safety and the consequences of road traffic collisions.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Youth Instructor, Simon Woodland, said:
"It was a pleasure to work with these young people and very rewarding to see them flourish as this week progressed. FireBreak is a very challenging course and it takes real determination, discipline and teamwork to succeed. They should all be very proud of themselves."
Certificates were presented by Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Lee Neale, who added:
"Our work with young people goes beyond simply trying to prevent them from being injured or killed in accidental fires or road traffic collisions. Courses like FireBreak inspire young people to make positive changes in many areas of their lives, both inside and outside of the school environment, benefitting them, their families and the communities they live in."
The students were from:
- Oathall Community College
- Oakmeeds Community College
- Warden Park Academy
- West Sussex Alternative Provision College
Find out more about West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service work with young people.