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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Eccleshall Student Firefighters Receive £7,000 Funding

29/03/2012

Eccleshall Student Firefighters have received £7,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Communities Means Business Leader Programme.

"The money has been used to provide the student firefighters with specialised equipment suitable for their age."

Risk Reduction Officer, Jess Patten

The money has been used to provide the students with new uniforms including helmets, jackets, leggings and boots as well as a new hose and road traffic collision equipment.

The students held a celebration evening last night at Eccleshall Community Fire Station to showcase the new equipment and show the funders how it has made a difference to them.

Risk Reduction Officer, Jess Patten said: "We are extremely grateful for the financial support from RDPE. The money has been used to provide the student firefighters with specialised equipment suitable for their age to ensure they have the most realistic experience possible of the type of work firefighters do on a daily basis.

"The students carried out a number of demonstrations using their new equipment last night in front of their family and friends as well as representatives from RDPE and the Fire Service."

County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities & Customers said: “Staffordshire County Council is extremely happy to be able to support Eccleshall Young Firefighters via the RDPE programme.

"Because of County Council support, these young people will gain a valuable, hands-on insight into firefighting in a community setting. This good news for Eccleshall adds to commitments already made by Staffordshire County Councillors to fund student fire-fighting across the county as part of the Local Community Fund.”