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Young Firefighters scheme reaches 1,500th student landmark

The Young Firefighters scheme has reached another landmark with the 1,500th student completing the course.

Josh O’Sullivan, 17, from Basildon, was one of 15 teenagers to pass out at a special ceremony held at Corringham Fire Station on Monday May 19.

The latest milestone comes hot on the heels of Firebreak celebrating it’s 3,000th student and 10 years of youth schemes carried out by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Donna Finch, Children, Young People and Safeguarding Manager, said: “It’s incredible to think that 1,500 young people have now taken part in Young Firefighters.

“Young Firefighters gives young people a taste of the skills and responsibilities involved in being a firefighter. It teaches responsibility and teamwork.

“Each course is run by serving firefighters and I would like to thank all of the officers who have given hundreds of hours of their time taking these course, it is thanks to their dedication and commitment that we have reached this milestone.”

Young firefighters 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.  

During the course each student earns an AQA and elements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme as part of the work they carry out.

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