First FireBreak graduates of 2018 pass out in style


Haywards Heath Fire Station hosted the first FireBreak course of the year, including the Pass Out Parade on Friday (2nd February) which saw nine young people graduate.

The students have spent five consecutive days at the fire station in Mill Green Road, working alongside professional firefighters.

Throughout the duration of the week they have learnt a variety of impressive skills including hose running, ladder drills and HeartStart first aid training – where their abilities were demonstrated at the Pass Out Parade in front of a proud audience of family and friends.

During the parade the students began by performing hose drills, where they all worked together to put out smoke issuing from the drill tower.

The young people also showed off their ladder skills and wore breathing apparatus to rescue a casualty from the tower before two of the children performed CPR on the casualty.

Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Watts, attended the ceremony and handed medals of achievement to all of the nine graduates. Speaking at the event, he said: “Speaking to each of the students today and hearing them talk about how much of a difference FireBreak has made to their lives is a real privilege.

“The effort put into the course by our graduates is matched by the team that put the course together, including the instructors who give so much during the week to ensure that the course has a positive impact on these young people’s lives.”

FireBreak is a programme run by the WSFRS Targeted Education Team. It is aimed at secondary school students aged between 12 and 14, encouraging them to become positive role models and consequently helping towards maintaining a safe community.

Special awards were given to Byron Bowdler and Hannah Hill for their personal improvement, and to Alfie Sayle for his outstanding individual achievement.

The students attend the following schools:

• Oathall Community College
• The Burgess Hill Academy
• Downlands
• Burgess Hill APC
• Warden Park

Please visit our FireBreak page for more information on the initiative.

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.

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