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Passing out parade for young Wisbech firefighters

Squad 14 Passing Out Parade on Wednesday 28th May at Wisbech Fire Station  left to right Max Smith, Raven Cheek, Hamish Thomson, Daniel Sexton, Dylan Ashman and Jack Lister ANL-140529-123153009

Squad 14 Passing Out Parade on Wednesday 28th May at Wisbech Fire Station left to right Max Smith, Raven Cheek, Hamish Thomson, Daniel Sexton, Dylan Ashman and Jack Lister ANL-140529-123153009

A squad of budding young firefighters have passed out at a parade last week.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has worked with a group of six Wisbech youngsters, aged between 11 and 15, over the last 12 weeks.

Arson reduction scheme Squad 14, which was funded by CFRS’s Community Fund following a bid by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Wisbech Locality Team, passed out on Wednesday with qualifications in first aid and basic water rescue .

Wisbech Watch Commander Phil Pilbeam, who led the programme, said youngsters have been taking part in a cadet style activities with firefighters for two hours each week.

He said: “Most importantly through the activities they gained knowledge about how fires develop, the consequences of arson and the impact on the community.

“They learned about our in-water rescue activities and practised a basic exercise at a local pool. Linked in with this was raising their awareness of road traffic collisions and dangers on the road.”

Lizzi Wales, the locaility team’s youth development co-ordinator, said: “It’s been a fantastic joint programme. We’ve seen some remarkable changes in all areas with these young people and many of them have achieved some real personal goals.”

 

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