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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Service Bids for National Citizen Service Programme

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has put forward a bid to deliver a National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

"This is a really exciting opportunity for us and the young people that could benefit from this. Given our experience of running schemes with teenagers we feel we are in an excellent position to successfully deliver this National Citizen Service programme."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford

Plans for the NCS were announced by the Government at the start of the month and organisations have been invited to bid for funding.

Pilots for the scheme will take place in summer 2011 and will provide approximately 10,000 places for 16 year olds to undertake a four to eight week programme of physical activities on completion of their exams. The scheme will bring teenagers from different backgrounds together in a residential programme, which will include at least ten days and nights away from home. The experience will end with a graduation ceremony for those who successfully complete the NCS.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for us and the young people that could benefit from this. Given our experience of running schemes with teenagers we feel we are in an excellent position to successfully deliver this National Citizen Service programme. We will also have five of our brand new state of the art community fire stations opened by next summer so we will be able to use these facilities as the base for the activities."

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer commented: "We fully embrace the Government’s Big Society vision and we’re positive that this new initiative will give young people the chance to learn new skills that will help them to make a positive contribution to their community."

The Service will find out next week whether they have been successful with their initial application to go through to the next round.