Over 350 young people in the City will have the opportunity to go on a Junior Firefighter course this school year.
In the last academic year over 250 young people participated in the courses, however thanks to additional funding provided by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, The Co-operative Group and the Rotary Club, 100 more pupils will have the opportunity this year.
Student Firefighter Co-ordinator, Neil Cheshire said, “The funding has enabled us to buy new uniforms and equipment for the courses. It’s fantastic that even more young people will have the opportunity of going on a course this year – it’s a really positive experience for all those who participate and by the end of the course we can see a real improvement in the young peoples’ confidence and self esteem.”
“It’s fantastic that even more young people will have the opportunity of going on a course this year”
Student Firefighter Co-ordinator, Neil Cheshire
The junior firefighter course is for young people aged 11 – 14 and participants attend the course, at one of the City fire stations, once a week over a six week period. During the course the students learn training and squad drills, hose running and pumping, first aid, fire safety in the home and life skills such as communication and teamwork.
Pupils are nominated onto the course by their teachers and schools that have already booked courses for this year include, Longton High School, Mitchell High School, Haywood High School, Sandon High School, Aynsley Special School, Brownhills High School and St Josephs College. In addition to schools, organisations including Reach, Groundwork and the Youth Offending Team have also booked courses.