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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Student Firefighters Passing Out Parade 12th July

04/07/2012

A group of student firefighters will be awarded for successfully completing their course at their Celebration of Success event that will be held at Stafford Fire Station on Thursday 12 July.

“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.”

Student Firefighter Co-ordinator Jessica Patten.

The group of year nine students celebrating their success are from various schools in Stafford have all gained a BSC Entry Level Award in Workplace Hazard Awareness. They will carry out a demonstration to their family and teachers of the practical skills they have learnt during the course. Councillor Len Bloomer, Chair of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority will meet the students with Director of Response Julian Hilditch before they perform their demonstrations, and will present the certificates and a Trophy for the Star student at the event.
The students 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.”
Tina Bellamy from the Staffordshire Partnership said: “This course was funded by the District Inclusion Panel and is the third one to be run in Stafford Borough following the success of the last course. Again it has proved to be very successful.”

Photo Opportunity – A photo opportunity of the pupils in action will be available between 12.45pm and 1.30pm at Stafford Fire Station, Beaconside on Thursday 12 July.