Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking at more ways to involve young people with the Service following a bid to participate in the National Citizen Service programme.
"We are looking forward to working with more young people in the future, as we know how much young people benefit from being part of the Fire and Rescue Service."
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness
The Service already runs countywide Student Firefighter programmes and a nationwide apprenticeships scheme, which this year already has 10 new apprentices working within Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service who were selected from the 50 who applied.
The Student Firefighter programmes are run by dedicated trained firefighters who give up their free time to engage with young people in their area. In essence the clubs cover team building, working as a team, and communication and leadership skills, as well as practical fire service skills including hose running drills, pump drills, use of breathing apparatus, casualty handling, basic first aid and road traffic collision input.
The club also provides theory based activities and group discussions on hoax calling, arson, and the effects of anti-social behaviour in the community.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is now looking for other opportunities to work with young people, despite not being selected to be a part of the National Citizen Service programme pilot.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Chris Enness said: "Although we are disappointed to learn that we have been unsuccessful on this bid we are looking forward to working with more young people in the future, as we know how much young people benefit from being part of the Fire and Rescue Service.
"We will 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 a base for activities. We already have planned activities involving school pupils at our brand new Rising Brook Community Fire Station, which recently opened last week, and we will soon have our brand new Sandyford Community Fire Station going live as well."
For more information about Student Firefighters, apprenticeships, or any other programmes involving young people contact Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service on 08451 22 11 55.