Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Empower in Clacton

A group of 10 unemployed people have passed a Firebreak course to help improve their employment prospects.

The week long course at Clacton Fire Station concluded with a pass out ceremony on Friday, December 11, with participants presented with certificates and an accreditation.

Challenges included using powerful hose reels, wearing specialist breathing apparatus, climbing ladders and rescuing people trapped in buildings.

Instructors will give students special training over five weeks to help them get back into employment including interview and CV preparation.

Lead Instructor Terry Williams said: “These Fire Empower courses have had fantastic results and it is great to play a role in helping everyone taking part in the course turn their lives around.

“All of the instructors are proud to be part of Firebreak, over the years it has helped thousands of people and we look forward to helping even more in the future.”

Firebreak has been running over 10 years and is a direct intervention inclusion programme for people of all ages – from child to adult.

Last week’s course was completed during the Service’s Firebreak crowdfund appeal, which aims to raise enough money to fund two courses for 24 people.

To donate to the crowdfund appeal, visit

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