Fire Break is a five/six day course running one day a week each school term, based at a working fire station and is run by firefighters. It offers young people an energetic physical challenge and the chance to learn skills in firefighting, safety awareness, first aid, team building, communication and personal development.
The young participants often treat the experience as a bit of fun at first but midway through the course they start to work as a team, developing leadership skills and having a more responsible attitude. This is because they are treated as adults, given adult responsibilities and often for the first time are placed in an adult to adult relationship.
The course is designed to change the attitude and behaviour of the young people by getting them to:
- adopt a new set of values
- work co-operatively with others
- see the advantage of improving their own learning and performance
- gain self-esteem and self confidence and
- communicate better and consequently achieve self empowerment
On completion of the course, attendees will participate in a passing out parade and receive certificates of attendance and skills attained on the course.
Who is Firebreak aimed at?
Firebreak is aimed at year nine students (male and female) who may be experiencing a wide range of issues at school. They may have low self esteem or confidence, find working with others an issue or have problems communicating with others (or are generally struggling at school and need a confidence boast).difficulties in engaging with school or their peers.
Feedback from parents regarding changes in individual’s behaviour has been very encouraging. Parents have reported positive change in areas such as attitude, commitment, confidence and motivation:
‘Our son has gained in confidence and respect for others. I think all youngsters should be able to attend this course’
‘Thank you. A boy became a young adult’
Feedback from schools at the course end and three months later has also been very positive:
‘Dramatic improvement to behaviour to all pupils’
‘All the students have shown an improved confidence at school, their attendance has improved and they are more willing to join in. I am very impressed’
For more information Contact Andy Payne at the Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue 01522 582296