Young students celebrate FireBreak course success

Five students from local schools are celebrating after successfully completing a FireBreak course at Newport Fire Station.

Newport Fire Break

FireBreak courses run throughout the year, with the latest programme funded by the Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service. The course is designed to help develop confidence, team work, self-esteem, and a sense of citizenship and community engagement.

The students spent the week developing new life skills such as effective communication, leadership and first aid through fire service-based activities such as hose drills, casualty rescues, breathing apparatus search and rescue, and ladder pitching.

Every student completed the course and was awarded an AQA Qualification in Community Safety.

Lead instructor, Allan Webb, of the fire service, said: "Completing FireBreak is a big challenge but these young people worked hard and supported each other throughout the week. They came into it with some trepidation but through effort and dedication they were able to pass the course and gain their qualification.

"Hopefully they will be able to use the skills they have gained and put them to later in life. I am very proud to have led this course and these young mature participants."

21 October 2019