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Fire service course is a sure-fire hit

Published Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Eight young offenders aged between 13 and 17, who have been referred to Enfield’s Youth Offending Service (YOS) went on a week-long course with the London Fire Brigade’s training centre at the Tottenham Fire Station.

During the week they learned about the fire service on a Local Intervention Fire Education project called LIFE. They took part in a special passing out parade in early July proudly wearing a full uniform.

The young people learned about the disciplines that a fire fighter must observe. This intensive course covered health and safety, first aid and teamwork touching on all aspects of the service.

The course aimed to give them structure, knowledge and boundaries in a real working fire station, with fire service staff doing the training.

Enfield borough fire commander Stuart Low from the fire service, said:  "These young people have covered a lot of ground on this course. They have learned about putting out fires on ground floors and how to deal with fires in multi-storey buildings.

"They now know what it is like dealing with a car fire and how to approach a darkened chamber wearing special breathing apparatus.

"We pull no punches on this course - and we show them the tragic and destructive consequences of fire. This group has shown a keen interest in our work and really have shown great enthusiasm throughout the week - they have all done extremely well."

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, cabinet member for youth, leisure, culture and Olympics, added, "This has been a valuable experience for these young people. They have met the challenges of this demanding course and have gained so much from it.

"They should all be proud of their achievements. They have shown a determination to learn about the fire service and how people work together. I congratulate them all and thank the Tottenham fire service for providing such a stimulating week." 

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