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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stafford Student Firefighters Passing Out Parade

01/04/2011

A group of student firefighters will be awarded for successfully completing their course at a Celebration of Success event being held at Stafford Fire Station next Tuesday.

"All students have really enjoyed their time with us on station and we are really proud of their achievements."

Student Firefighter Co-ordinator Jessica Patten

The group of eight 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.

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 Stafford Rotary Club has provided financial support for the student firefighter initiative. 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."