Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Mum's the word at special Firebreak

Mothers joined their children in learning important life lessons as part of a first of its kind Firebreak course.

Six mums joined their sons and daughters at Southend Fire Station between December 2 and December 6.

The course had been designed to promote assertiveness for both parents and children, respect between the parents and children and trust and communication. It included specially designed team building exercises and discussions about resolving conflict and communicating concerns with one another in an effective way.

Firebreak uses the training firefighters undertake to  develop participants' skills in working together, building their confidence, teaching them the value of team work and accepting responsibility as they undertake a series of challenging tasks including using the Service’s powerful hose reels, wearing specialist breathing apparatus, climbing ladders and rescuing people trapped in buildings and smoke logged rooms.

All of the parent and child pairs were put forward for the course by Streets Ahead which is part of the Integrated Youth Support Service in the Southend areas. Streets Ahead work with families at risk of poor outcomes to help them improve their lives.

Donna Finch, ECFRS' Children and Young People Manager, said: “This was the first time we have held a course in which mothers joined their children.

“The course went really well. All of the instructors found it rewarding, particularly watching the teamwork and communication between parent and child growing and developing over the week. Hopefully they have all taken something away which they can now build on together.”

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