BBC Essex presenter Sadie Nine backs Firebreak
BBC Essex presenter Sadie Nine has given her support to Firebreak’s Crowdfund after experiencing a course first-hand.
The radio star was invited down to Colchester Fire Station to learn the life skills associated with the course.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is currently crowdfunding £8,000 to help fund two courses, which would benefit 24 young people.
Sadie said: “When I was invited to take part in Firebreak, I honestly thought it would be just a fun day, an easy ride and a bit of a doddle. I could not have been more wrong.
“I was really put through my paces – getting out the hoses, directing the water, climbing ladders, rescuing dummies from buildings. I really got a taste of what being a firefighter was all about.
“It was really impressive to see how young people taking part had become such a tight team in just a few days. They had learnt the importance of working together, such a good skill to have in any avenue of life.
“Firebreak is not just about learning to be a firefighter; it’s about learning life skills that will help them forever in the future.”
Each Firebreak course is a week-long intensive programme which has personal safety and wellbeing at its core.
The courses, which are held at fire stations, enable young people in the community the opportunity to gain vital life skills.
Students who are referred to a Firebreak course often experience many challenges in their daily lives. This can include those struggling with self-esteem, confidence, bereavement, life limiting illnesses, disability, as well as and those not in education, employment or training.
To fund the two courses visit the Essex Firebreak Crowdfunder page: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/essex-firebreak.