Student firefighters in the Stafford Borough are set to benefit from a brand new firefighter appliance thanks to two generous donations.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation, it’s great to have this local support and it means that we can now get our new student firefighter vehicle on the road a lot quicker."
Stone Community and Learning Partnership, in conjunction with Staffordshire County Council, have donated a massive £30,000 towards the vehicle. A further £10,000 had been donated by Stafford and Rural Homes and they will present the cheque to Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer this Thursday.
The transit van style vehicle will come complete with firefighting equipment such as hose reel jets and will be modified to suit the needs of young people. It will be used by student firefighters and will assist with the delivery of the BTEC Level 2, Fire and Rescue Service in the Community award that the young people work towards. When the courses aren’t running the vehicle will be used to by the Service’s firefighters to carry out community fire safety activities and promote home fire risk checks throughout the Borough.
Assistant Area Commander for Stafford, Dale Harrison said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation, it’s great to have this local support and it means that we can now get our new student firefighter vehicle on the road a lot quicker. The vehicle is expected to arrive in Autumn and will be available for use by Stone and Stafford student firefighters.”
Stone Community and Learning Partnership Co-ordinator, Helen Wood commented: “We’re thrilled to provide this donation towards this brand new dedicated vehicle. We already fund the Friday night firefighting club and holiday clubs run at Stone Fire Station and so this vehicle will be used by the youngsters who attend these sessions. “
Chief Executive at Stafford Rural and Rural Homes, Karen Armitage said: “When Stafford and Rural Homes became a Housing Association in 2006 we committed to investing in local schemes that would help local communities. The student firefighter scheme provides young people with skills and confidence that will assist them in later life, and helps provide a sense of pride and achievement in both them and their families.
“Our funders, Barclays Bank, gave some community investment money to us for schemes that we and they thought would promote better communities. We have invested a substantial sum in the Staffordshire Credit Union and we think this investment in a student firefighter vehicle is equally a fantastic use of community investment money in a service that is valued by everybody.”