A group of student firefighters will be awarded for successfully completing their course at a Celebration of Success being held at Stafford Fire Station next Tuesday.
The group of 14 students from years 10 and 11 have all gained a BTEC in ‘Fire and Rescue Services in the Community’ and will carry out a demonstration to their family and teachers the practical skills they have learnt during the course. Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Bob Russell and Chairman of Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer will present the certificates to the students.
They have attended the course once a week over the last 12 weeks at Stafford Fire Station where they have learnt training and squad drills, road traffic collision extrication procedures, hose running and pumping, first aid and fire safety in the home. In addition, the students took part in various group sessions, touching on the consequences of arson, hoax calls and anti-social behaviour.
Student Firefighter Co-ordinator Jessica Patten said: "The student firefighter course has been a fantastic experience which has brought out the best in the students involved. Not only have they learnt new practical skills but they have also learnt life skills such as communication and teamwork. All students have really enjoyed their time with us on station and we are really proud of their achievements."
"The student firefighter course has been a fantastic experience which has brought out the best in the students involved."
Student Firefighter Coordinator, Jessica Pattern
The Staffordshire Partnership and Stafford Rotary Club have both provided financial support for the student firefighter initiative.
Tina Bellamy from the Staffordshire Partnership commented: "The Staffordshire Partnership have been able to fund three courses of student firefighters at Stafford as part of the Key stage 4 Engagement Programme which they co-ordinate on behalf of the Local Authority. This has enabled students from Stafford and Stone to have the opportunity to gain a BTEC Level 2 Award from the course."
President of Stafford Rotary Club, Anne Parkhill said: "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. We are delighted to have helped by donating a sum of £360 to the initiative."