Nine young firefighters will be achieving an historic first next week when they are honoured at a Celebration of Success at Stafford Fire Station on Tuesday, December 15.
The year 11 pupils from schools in the area have spent the last 12 weeks under the instruction of firefighters while completing a BTEC Level 2 award.
"Tuesday’s Celebration of Success marks the end of their course but just the start of their potential careers within the fire service."
Keith Murray, Assistant Area Commander, Stafford
The course is the first to be an accredited qualification to be run by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and all nine have achieved the required standard.
Among those attending the event include Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford, Stoke and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority members Len Bloomer and John Francis, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, Richard Haszard and Stafford Mayor, Councillor Jean Tabernor.
Assistant Area Commander for Stafford, Keith Murray, said: "This is a real fillip for the young people as it provides them with a platform for the future, something they can use to progress with."
As part of their learning programme the nine would-be firefighters were asked to complete a variety of tasks including carrying out techniques used by firefighters when dealing with fires and crashes, understanding the affects of anti-social behaviour on the Fire Service and the role of the modern day firefighter within the community.
"Tuesday’s Celebration of Success marks the end of their course but just the start of their potential careers within the fire service," added Keith.
"The basic skills they have demonstrated have been excellent. The confidence they showed when using our breathing apparatus sets in pretend fires and dealing with simulated road traffic collisions belied their years."
The Celebration of Success starts at 1pm on Tuesday, December 15th, at Stafford Fire Station.