Junior firefighters from Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit from some brand new kit and equipment thanks to support from local organisations.
The Co-operative North Midlands Area Committee and Burslem Rotary Club have each donated money which will go towards funding junior firefighters courses in Stoke-on-Trent. The Co-operative have donated £4,800 in total which will fund six courses over the next academic year. This funding will allow the team to release other money to purchase a purpose built youth training vehicle. The vehicle will come complete with firefighting equipment such as hose reel jets and will be modified to suit the needs of young people.
When the courses aren’t running the vehicle will be used to by the Service’s firefighters and risk reduction team to carry out community fire safety activities and promote home fire risk checks throughout the City.
In addition to this, Burslem Rotary Club has also donated £250. This money will help fund a course for 12 students from Haywood High School during the Easter holidays.
"We are extremely grateful for both of these donations, it’s great to see that local organisations support what we are doing. These donations mean that we can now get our new student firefighter vehicle on the road a lot quicker and children can work with equipment which is very similar to what we use in real incidents. We will be running an extra course this Easter holiday which we may not have been able to thanks to these donations."
Junior Firefighter Co-ordinator, Neil Cheshire
Hazel Remeika, Co-operative and Membership Officer commented, "As a retailer committed to the local community, we are only too happy to support Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and this initiative, which educates young people and could ultimately save lives."
Brian Davenport from Burslem Rotary Club said, "We are delighted to help by making this donation. Like the Fire and Rescue Service we also believe that every child matters and initiatives like these are invaluable in helping children to learn new skills which they can use in their everyday lives."