Two groups of student firefighters will be awarded for successfully completing their course at Celebration of Success events that will be held at Stafford Fire Station on 13 and 15 December.
“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. "
Student Firefighter Co-ordinator Jessica Patten.
The group of year 10 and 11 students celebrating their success on 13 December are from various schools in Stafford and they have all achieved a BTEC in ‘Fire and Rescue Services in the Community’.
They will give their family and teachers a demonstration of the practical skills they have learnt during the course. Cllr Ray Barron, member of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority will present the certificates and a trophy for the star student at the event.
Richard Jones from Stafford College said: “The College places great value on its partnership work with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and being part of this fantastic programme for young people.”
The group of year 9 students, who are also from various schools in Stafford, will be celebrating their success on 15 December. They will also carry out a demonstration to family and friends, and Station Manager, Simon Craythorn will be presenting them with their certificates along with a trophy for the star student.
Tina Bellamy from the Staffordshire Partnership said: “This course was funded by the District Inclusion Panel and is the first one to be run in Stafford Borough. It has proved to be very successful and the Panel have decided to fund a further course next term.”
All students have attended their 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 about 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.”