Barton-under-Needwood Fire Station is launching its first student firefighter project next week.
"The Student Firefighter course will be a fantastic experience which aims to bring out the best in the students."
Barton-under-Needwood Firefighter, John Scott
The Student Firefighter Local Intervention Fire Education (L.I.F.E) project will run daily during the school half-term holiday from October 25th – October 29th. The participating children, aged 11-15 years old, have all been chosen by John Taylor Community and Learning Partnership and Staffordshire Police and attend the John Taylor High School.
Over the course of the week, the students will experience all aspects of a firefighter’s role and be shown the equipment used daily. There will also be practical activities for the students to participate in, including pumping water from the fire engine, basic hands on first aid and road traffic collision demonstrations.
Barton-under-Needwood Firefighter John Scott, who has helped to co-ordinate the course said: "The Student Firefighter course will be a fantastic experience which aims to bring out the best in the students. Not only will they learn new practical skills but they will also learn life skills such as communication and teamwork."
Funded by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, John Taylor Community and Learning Partnership and The Neighbourhood Working Team at East Staffordshire Borough Council. The project is being supported by local Barton-under-Needwood business Bombardier and also Argos.
A passing out parade will take place on October 29th at 1pm where the student firefighters will give a demonstration and then receive a certificate of achievement presented by the Mayor and Mayoress.