Latest Phoenix Project intake graduate at Penzance

Falmouth Packet: Latest Phoenix Project intake graduate at Penzance Latest Phoenix Project intake graduate at Penzance

A group of teenagers from around Cornwall "passed out" on at a ceremony at Penzance Fire Station on Friday.

The official passing out parade marked the culmination of the group’s learning during the five day Phoenix Project course. During the ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group showcased firefighting techniques, including hose running.

The group, aged between 12 and 15 years old, were referred to Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service by the charity Action for Children who helped develop a programme to improve the group’s teamwork and communication skills, as well as raise confidence and aspirations.

Rosie Foster, children’s services manager for Action for Children, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service on these courses designed to support children, young people and families. The course aims to provide support to young people who are experiencing some challenges in different aspects of their lives from time to time.

“We are looking forward to further developing our partnership with the fire service to benefit more young people and their families.”

Run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002, the Phoenix Project sees local firefighters give young people a taste of firefighting and its traditions through hose running, wearing breathing apparatus and marching, as well as experience in problem solving, teamwork, life skills and fire safety. All those who take part in the course are given the opportunity to gain an ASDAN qualification.

Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project manager, said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and the Phoenix team are extremely pleased and excited for the opportunity to be working with Action for Children. It once again demonstrates how the project is evolving into new areas of work, and engaging with new partners to deliver our courses to help children achieve more.

“We are committed to developing skills for every child and these young people from Action for Children have shown great enthusiasm in all aspects of the course.

“As a fire service, we are able to use our reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills. These young people have worked extremely hard to gain their Phoenix Project certificate and ASDAN qualification.”

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