Yesterday saw the launch of a scheme for young people to learn some of the skills needed within the emergency, fire and rescue services.
The One Ilfracombe project works with the Fire and Rescue Services, Ilfracombe RNLI, Ambulance SW and the local Police Service and is designed to give young people access to the expertise of these local uniformed services. The programme for 12 to 14 year olds will be run over nine sessions and include first aid, safety in the home, use of fire equipment, safety on the water and living with healthy life styles.
As important will be activities which develop team building, leadership skills and citizenship.
The participants have been given Fire and Rescue protective personal equipment for the activities and a kit room in Ilfracombe Fire Station to use as a base. The crew enjoyed cakes and sausage rolls, bananas, apples, grapes and pears sponsored by The Pantry Bakery and Normans Fruit and Vegetable shop, both on Ilfracombe High Street.
The first session was led by Dan Lester from Ilfracombe Fire Station and Sergeant Paul Jones from the Police.
Sarah Hiscock, One Ilfracombe Community Engagement Coordinator, says “This programme will provide these 12 young people with invaluable experiences that will equip them with essential life skills. It has been a really popular programme and we are extremely proud to be a part of it all. In the first session, there was a lot of fun, which included a cryptic quiz, a game of people bingo, exploring the station and getting uniforms and an enjoyable team building exercise. We would like to give kind thanks to the Pantry and Normans for their generosity in supporting the programme.”