Student firefighters in the Stafford Borough are set to benefit from a brand new firefighting vehicle.
"All of the equipment included is designed to be used and operated by young people to help them broaden their knowledge of the equipment on board and get a more in-depth experience of being a firefighter."
Deputy Area Commander, Ian Housley
Following sponsorship from Staffordshire County Council and Stafford and Rural Homes the new vehicle will be formally unveiled on March 24th at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Pirehill Headquarters.
The vehicle comes complete with firefighting equipment for student firefighters to use during their training and a TV to show educational videos. When not being used for student firefighter courses the vehicle will also be used to carry out community fire safety in the Stafford Borough.
Deputy Area Commander, Ian Housley said: "The vehicle we currently use for our courses was coming to the end of its life span, so to get this new vehicle has been fantastic, particularly as it’s specifically been designed for student firefighters. All of the equipment included is designed to be used and operated by young people to help them broaden their knowledge of the equipment on board and get a more in-depth experience of being a firefighter.
"As well as the schools courses we run during term time we have approximately 60 teenagers who come to our weekly student firefighter clubs at Stone, Stafford and Eccleshall, so they’re really excited to use the new equipment."
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities Pat Corfield said: "We’re pleased to be backing the Student Firefighter scheme and look forward to seeing the new vehicle in operation.
"Young people attending the course are gaining a greater understanding of the vital job the Fire Service does, learn new skills and become an asset to their communities."
Karen Armitage Stafford and Rural Homes Chief Executive said: "We are very excited to see the new vehicle we have helped to purchase. We were keen to be involved in the project that seeks to divert young people into learning new skills, valuing their communities and working as members of teams.
"The relationship between the fire and rescue service and SARH is a very positive partnership and we are pleased to be able to support this excellent community initiative focusing on young people growing up in a challenging environment today."