The Fire Service recognise that youth training schemes and youth diversion work can reduce fire-setting and hoax calls and increase awareness of fire safety.
This type of work can also help to tackle crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour, as well as improving school attendance and employment prospects for young people.
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service Young Firefighter Scheme, run in accordance with the Fire Services Youth Training Association, aims to actively encourage young people to build a safer community and reduce anti-social behaviour through good citizenship.
Initial aims were to identify and recruit a mix of young people, including those at risk of involvement in anti-social behaviour, or who may be underachieving in order to work with the young people to develop their key skills.
Using the Fire Service and its structure of discipline we want to build self-esteem, promote good citizenship, reduce anti-social behaviour and ultimately to develop a safer community.
By the end of 2010, we are hoping to provide an opportunity to gain a Workplace Hazard Awareness Award from the British Safety Council to compliment their National Record of Achievement through further studies and activities.
Young firefighter groups currently meet weekly at:
- Grantham Fire Station – Tuesday evening
- Lincoln South Fire Station – Wednesday evening
- Boston Fire Station – Thursday evening.
To join young firefighters you need to be aged between 13 and 17 years from the communities of Lincolnshire. You will initially be required to complete an application pack, from which suitable applicants will be selected to attend an interview.
It is anticipated that with displaying commitment, regular attendance and the completion of many aspects of the programme, the young firefighters will enhance their employment prospects.
It is hoped that a unit will start in Skegness by March 2011.
For more information and application pack please contact: Anna Zegraj on 01522 582287