Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Extra 21 Down Syndrome Firebreak at Maldon Fire Station

A group of young people with Down Syndrome and their siblings have taken part a special Firebreak course at Maldon Fire Station.


The four day course, which was funded by the Worshipful Company of Firefighters was organised with the charity Down Syndrome Extra 21, a charity who the fire service have been working with for over 10 years.


Working alongside specially trained firefighter mentors, the students, who are aged between 13-24 years old, undertook a series of challenging tasks including using the fire service’s powerful hoses and climbing ladders. The students are also taught a variety of life skills which help in developing their communication, self-confidence and discipline. The course also teaches important fire safety lessons for independent living.


At the end of the course the students then showcased what they have learnt to their proud parents, guardians, friends and family.


Firebreak Course Instructor, Terry Williams, said: “We have all had a great week with the students and it has been extremely rewarding for everyone involved.


“At the start of the week, the students are all quite nervous and unsure about their abilities, but throughout the four days with us we see them grow in confidence. It’s great to see everyone join in, work so hard and then take so much away from the course.”


Click here to learn more about our Firebreak programme.


You can also find out more about Down Syndrome Extra 21 by visiting their website.


Last updated 5 August 2019.

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