A flaming success for Brecon Youngsters
The recently formed Brecon Young Firegighters scheme recently held a passing out parade for 13 young people at Brecon Fire Station. The scheme formed in November 2007 and the passing out celebrated the young people who joined then completing their basic training to become young firefighters. The evening involved two demonstrations of the skills they have learnt. The first display involved carrying out a rescue from the upper floor of a simulated house fire using ladder ropes and hose. The second exercise saw a crew improvising equipment to make a dam from which they used the main fire pump on the fire appliance to tackle a simulated fire using hose. Parents and family of the children were present to see the young firefighters awarded certificates to recognise their completion of basic induction training by Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service County Commander for Powys Richard Fry. The Mayor of Brecon Councillor Martin Weale was also present and gave a speech praising the skills the young people had learned and also recognised the instructors who all volunteer to participate in the scheme.
The scheme is aimed at developing team work, communication and other life skills within a Fire and Rescue Service framework while also raising awareness of the role the fire service plays in the community. The young firefighters have been involved in a range of activities including team building games, communication exercises, home fire safety awareness, rope work, road traffic collision work, and the use of ladders, pumps, first aid and a range of other fire related topics.
The scheme leader Liam Hosie who is also a crew manager at Brecon fire station said “it’s great to see the youngsters enjoying the activities they have been involved in with the knowledge that the skills learn know will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives”
The YFF scheme is made up of young people between the ages of 13 -17 and is another option that compliments other youth groups that operate such as scouts, guides and cadet schemes. The scheme is only the second to be set up in Powys with the other being in Welshpool. Most of the young people attend Brecon High school and Gwernyfed high school and Deputy Head teacher miss Gibbs from Brecon high school attended the evening and said “ I am very pleased with the way the children have developed their skills and enhanced their teamwork during the short time they have been attending the young firefighters team”.