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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

L.I.F.E Students Celebrate Success

14/08/2012

A group of students aged from 15 to 17 will be awarded for successfully completing a student firefighter course at a celebration of success event that will be held at Cannock Community Fire Station this Friday.

“The L.I.F.E course has been a fantastic experience which has brought out the best in the students involved. "

Risk Reduction Co-ordinator, Katherine Staples.

The group of students are from various schools in Cannock and have studied a week long course called Local Intervention, Fire Education (L.I.F.E). They will be presented with their certificates before carrying out a demonstration to their family and teachers of the practical skills they have learnt during the course.
The students have attended the course over the past week at Cannock Community 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.
Risk Reduction Co-ordinator, Katherine Staples said: “The L.I.F.E 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.”
 Councillor Mike Holder, Cannock Chase Council Crime and Partnerships Leader, commented: "The L.I.F.E course has been funded by the Chase Community Safety Partnership, a group of organisations including Cannock Chase Council, the fire service and the police. The young people have learned some valuable skills and we hope they'll pass on the fire safety messages to their friends."

PC Yvonne Shorto, of Cannock Chase Local Policing Team added: "The LIFE course is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Cannock and Rugeley to learn essential skills for later in life.

“As the course is held over the six week school summer holiday it not only helps keep young people occupied but it also helps on a larger-scale by potentially keeping some young people off the streets who may have become involved in anti-social behaviour.

"I have been involved with this course myself and seen the difference it makes to young people – you can see them developing over the week, becoming more confident and responsible young people. It is great to see such positive partnership working in the Cannock Chase area.

“Partnership working reaps massive benefits and the L.I.F.E course is an excellent example of this. I’d like to pass on my congratulations to all those involved, especially the young people for all the hard work they put in."

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Photo Opportunity – A photo opportunity of the pupils in action will be available from 4pm until 4.15pm at Cannock Community Fire Station, Old Hednesford Road on 17th August.