Eight young carers from Shoreham and Durrington have graduated from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Phoenix life skills course today (10 Feb), after a successful week spent with firefighters at Shoreham Fire Station.
Throughout the five-day course our graduates learned about fire safety at home, including cooking and electrical safety, road and cycle safety, and life-saving first aid techniques – such as CPR, how to deal with someone who is choking and what to do if someone falls unconscious. The students also took part in team building exercises including parade drills, hose running, and an assault course built to mirror search and rescue.
As part of the final day of their course, the students celebrated their graduation by presenting to instructors and senior fire and rescue service officers. The group performed a parade drill before working together to build a shelter using ladders and tarpaulin to demonstrate the teamwork and skills they had practised during the week.
Following their practical demonstration all eight students were awarded with certificates of achievement and medals from Head of Operations, Kieran Amos.
A special mention goes to graduate Milly Dolan, who received a special award for her outstanding individual achievement throughout the week.
WSFRS Phoenix Lead Instructor, Amanda Mays, said: “This group of students has shown excellent commitment and enthusiasm to every session we have run with them this week. The Phoenix course is all about providing an opportunity for these children to step away from the pressures they deal with in everyday life, and I’m pleased to say they have embraced the opportunity with open arms. I am very proud of each and every one of them.”
Phoenix Young Carers is a new course adapted from WSFRS’s successful FireBreak course. It offers young people, who care for loved ones at home, the chance to work with firefighters and experience fire service drills and activities in a safe and structured environment, providing a break from their daily responsibilities.
Students are referred to the course through West Sussex County Council’s Young Carers Family Resource Service.