Pupils get a taste for firefighter life in latest FireBreak course


Release date: 27 June 2019

Eleven secondary school pupils have shown they are up to the mark after completing 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 (21 June) at Crawley Fire Station following a week of intense training, which gives them an insight into life as a firefighter.

This saw the pupils get to grips with 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.

Adrian Murphy, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Area Manager for Protection, presented the graduates with their awards. He said: “These young people have all demonstrated real determination in completing this course to a very high standard and have worked exceptionally hard together as a team during what is a very challenging week.

“I hope they are all proud of their achievements, and that they take away with them many positive memories and valuable skills to their everyday lives such as discipline, teamwork and improved self-confidence.”

There was also special recognition for two of the graduates, with Jack Mitchell receiving a Special Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, while Kyla Marcer 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 11 pupils taking part were:

Asher Massiah from St Wilfrid’s Catholic School

Ewan McInnes  from Imberhorne School

Fin Steer and Freddie Leese from Oriel High School

Haytham Baccar and Kieran Dunne from Ifield Community College

Isa Rehman from Hazelwick School

Jack Mitchell from The Weald

Kyla Marcer from Thomas Bennett College

Louie Poole and Michael Kinsella from Tanbridge House

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