Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Passing out fire ceremony for Richard Lander students

 I am delighted to see the hard work of ten students from Richard Lander School recognized in a forthcoming ‘passing out’ on Friday 12 October during a ceremony at Truro Community Fire Station.

The official passing out parade will mark the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix Project course. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group will showcase firefighting techniques, including hose running.

Run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002, the Phoenix Project aims to improve young people’s self confidence, communication skills and community spirit.

Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project Manager, said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Richard Lander School have shown great enthusiasm in all aspects of the course.

“As a fire service, we are able to use our reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills. The students from Richard Lander School have worked extremely hard to gain their Phoenix Project certificate and ASDAN qualification.”

A county-wide initiative, the Phoenix Project is aimed at students between the ages of 13 and 17. Working with local firefighters, students are given a taste of firefighting and its traditions through hose running, wearing breathing apparatus (BA) and marching, as well as experience in problem solving, teamwork, life skills and fire safety.

Des Tidbury, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, said: “It’s great to see yet more young people learn not only how to become better communicators and leaders, but to learn a very important fire safety message at the same time. Initiatives such as Phoenix help us to achieve safer communities from the ground up, which is the principal aim of the service.”

For more information on Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, the Phoenix Project and fire safety visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire

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