The latest set of students taking part in West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s FireBreak programme have graduated at Bognor Fire Station.
A Pass Out Parade took place at the station on Friday afternoon (14 September) with family, friends and instructors of the graduates watching them take part.
The students have completed a week of training, which has included hose running, ladder climbs and wearing breathing apparatus.
They have also learned about fire safety and CPR, and have gained a HeartStart first aid training qualification.
Chief Fire Officer Gavin Watts, who presented the graduates with their awards said: “These young students have pulled out all the stops this week to complete their training and they should be proud of their achievements.
“It is always good to see our young graduates learn about the challenges firefighters face, and I hope they go away with some positive memories and valuable skills such as discipline, teamwork and improving self-confidence.”
Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities Debbie Kennard said: “It is lovely to see what a positive impact the FireBreak programme can have on a young person’s life, and I applaud their fantastic efforts this week. I’d like to thank all of the instructors and organisers who have worked so hard to put this week’s training together.”
All of the students are from St Anthony’s School in Chichester. They include:
• Bradley Osbourne
• Buster Seabrook
• Harry Ewins
• Joshua Bolton
• Max Sudron
• Michael Mills
• Tomass Totoris
• Dylan Withers
• Ryan Ridewood
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council’s Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.