Eleven students from the north of the county, who have spent the week at Crawley Fire Station, successfully graduated at a Pass Out parade today (19 March).
The young people, between the ages of 12-14, are selected from their school to take part in a FireBreak course. They can be selected for a variety of reasons, including to boost their self-esteem and to help them become positive role models within their local communities.
Throughout the week they have participated in a variety of activities, such as ladder and hose drills, wearing breathing apparatus and getting a qualification in HeartStart first aid training.
Sean Ruth, Chief Fire Officer, attended the Pass Out and presented the students with awards of achievement. During his speech he said: “It’s brilliant to see everyone here today, we have witnessed some fantastic drills. The students not only had to practise and finesse these skills but they’ve also managed to fit in learning about first aid, a session on consequences and classes on home fire safety.
“I saw a real bond between the instructors and the students, which has been built in just five days. I would like to thank all of the instructors and support teams for the many weeks of hard work it takes to organise a FireBreak course.”
Richard Poole, FireBreak Lead Instructor, added: “We gave our students slightly unusual homework this week, and asked them all to help out at home to demonstrate the discipline and teamwork that they’ve learnt throughout the week. FireBreak isn’t just about running out hoses or learning to climb a ladder, it teaches our young people skills and qualities that can be transferred into their school and home lives.”
A special mention goes to Daniel Tippett, who received an award for ‘Outstanding Individual Achievement’.
Our latest FireBreak students represented the following schools:
• Oriel High School
• Millais School
• The Forest School
• Hazelwick School
• Ifield Community College
• The Weald Community School
• Thomas Bennett Community College
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.