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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Success of Student Firefighter Scheme

25/07/2012

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating  another successful year in the life of its Student Firefighter scheme after over 200 students were put through their paces in the past academic year.

“The scheme continues to be a valuable tool in the Service’s engagement work with children and young people."

Central Youth Education and Engagement Officer, Steve Wright. 

The student firefighter course which is aimed at youngsters from ages 12 to 15 has been running for eight years. Students are selected by the school they attend to take part in the programme which is run at various fire stations across Staffordshire.

Throughout the course the pupils get the chance to learn training and squad drills, road traffic collision extrication procedures, hose running and pumping, first aid and fire safety in the home.

At Stafford Fire Station, students have also completed a BTEC Level 2 Certificate in ‘Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.’

Central Youth Education and Engagement Officer, Steve Wright said: “The scheme continues to be a valuable tool in the Service’s engagement work with children and young people.

“In this academic year, we have had a lot of interest from firefighters about instructing on the courses, and we have been able to train them for this role.

“Their enthusiasm and skills are paramount in helping these students who, before the course, lacked a lot of self-confidence and were struggling in school but now are thriving academically.”

Schools interested in the Student Firefighter Scheme should refer to the scheme page which can be found in the education section on the Service’s website: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk.