PHOTOS: Young firefighters pass specialist course at Dorchester Fire Station
YOUNG firefighters have completed a successful Safer People and Responsible Communities programme at Dorchester Fire Station.
The five participants, aged between 18 and 24, learned basic firefighting skills, took part in team building exercises and gained useful skills for the work place.
Rosemary Locock, Education Officer at Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "The course, which takes place one day a week for seven weeks, has allowed these young people to improve their communication and confidence skills and raise their self-esteem.
"The project is delivered by specially trained firefighters who encourage the young people to practice search and rescue techniques and assist in the recovery of a casualty from a smoke filled building.
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"The aim is to take the young person outside their comfort zone and boost their self-belief through achievement. To do this they need to be able to demonstrate good communication skills, team work and leadership."
The pilot scheme has been set up in partnership between Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and The Job Centre Plus. The programme is AQA accredited and is specifically designed to improve communication skills and encourage team work.
The young firefighters were also given advice on completing a CV and other qualifications available for them to complete.
Andy Cullen from Jobcentre Plus in Dorset said: "We're glad to have worked with Dorset Fire and Rescue Service to give young jobseekers the opportunity to be part of such an innovative programme.
"It's proved to have been very successful in building the confidence and self-belief of those taking part - which will stand them in good stead as they look to promote themselves in the jobs market."