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Twelve local young people complete "LIFE" course at Skipton

19th January 2009

TWELVE local young people successfully completed a North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service ‘LIFE’ (Local Intervention Fire Education) course last week, which gave them the chance to learn fire fighting, first aid and social skills.

The course, which took place at Skipton Fire Station, aimed to address the consequences of anti-social behaviour, raise self esteem and improve communication skills and teamwork. Students are taught practical skills and take part in classroom sessions.

Mark Upton, Community Action Officer for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We run a programme of LIFE courses throughout the year and I am always impressed by the hard work and dedication of the young people who take part.

“At the end of last week’s course all of the young people took part in a Passing Out ceremony, where they got the chance to showcase the skills they had learned by taking part in an exercise in front of their invited guests. It was very rewarding to see how their confidence grew during the course, enough for them to complete these tasks with some very proud family members watching.”

The young people on the course, whose ages ranged from 11 to 15, were referred from local schools and the course was funded by the Safer Craven Community Partnership. The course finished on Friday (16 January) with a passing out parade. Over 40 family, friends and partner agencies joined a Senior Officer from the Fire Service for the ceremony.

Mark Upton continued: “I would like to thank everyone who gives their support to these valuable courses. As well as working closely with our partners, we also had help from Morrisons and Strata Nightclub for this course. It is support like this that makes the courses such a rewarding experience for all involved.”

Morrisons supplied food for the trainees’ breakfasts throughout the course and Strata Nightclub allowed the use of their facilities for breathing apparatus exercises, so the young people could practice using the kit in a ‘smoke’ filled room (using the club’s artificial smoke).

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