Skills for LIFE

A dozen young people learnt new skills during the latest week-long LIFE (Life Intervention Fire Education) course at Rushmoor Fire Station and TAG Farnborough Airport last week. The 12 youngsters, who took part in the course, developed and practised new skills including working within strict boundaries, tackling various challenges and teamwork. All participants received an accreditation following the end of the course.

The course is aimed at 11-16 year-olds from the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hart District Council and Rushmoor Borough Council areas and provides young people with the opportunity to develop and learn.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Martin Walters said: “All those who took part in the course received a formal accreditation, which qualifies for educational credits, which contribute towards other programmes and qualifications. During the time spent at the fire station, students qualified for two modules – practical skills and teamwork. It was a brilliant opportunity for all who took part, and it is always great to have family and friends watch their passing- out parade at the end.”

Paul Green, Safer North Hampshire* Antisocial Behaviour Officer, said: “I would like to thank the young people who took part with such enthusiasm and everyone who referred youngsters onto this course, which has been a great success. It really is a unique opportunity for those who take part. My thanks also go to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and TAG Aviation for the effort they put into running this course.”

Hampshire Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Olga Venner said: “Having attended the passing-out parade, I was very impressed with the teamwork and professionalism which the young people demonstrated, and I would like to thank my colleague Police Community Support Officer Durga Thapa for helping throughout the week.”

Two LIFE courses, which are run each year at Rushmoor Fire station, along with a 12-week Prince’s Trust course, form part of a youth engagement strategy, which helps develop and strengthen local partnerships and communities.