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LIFEcourserydeEleven youngsters from across the Isle of Wight recently completed the 5-day LIFE (Local Intervention Fire Education) course facilitated by the Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service.

During the course the young people completed many tasks including a number of team building exercises, such as learning to wear breathing apparatus and searching smoke logged buildings, climbing ladders, learning firefighting techniques and extinguishing live fires. They also took part in an important consequences session, discussing how their actions can affect others.

The five girls and six boys, aged between 13 and 15-years-old, were presented with portfolios documenting their achievements for the week at a passing out parade held at Sandown Fire Station by High Sheriff Claire Locke, Councillor Charles Chapman and Chief Fire Officer Steve Apter.

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At the passout parade the young people were able to demonstrate their new found skills based around firefighting drills, which showed their improved self confidence, teamwork and good communication.

LIFE course co-ordinator, Watch Manager Kelvin Wright said:

“It was very rewarding for the instructors involved that all eleven young people that started the five day course were able to complete it. This is a very difficult course to pass and all the young people showed incredible commitment and determination. Fears were overcome to complete every task and many students displayed great leadership qualities.”

Photographs: Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

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