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A group of students from Ryde Academy have spent the past 6 weeks with firefighters developing skills to improve a healthy lifestyle, mind and body.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have been delivering the ‘Teen Fire Fit’ programme to Year 8 students for 3 hours each week. Each after school session consists of 90 minutes of physical activity using firefighting equipment, followed by another 90 minutes in the classroom.

A key element of the course is preparing and enjoying a healthy meal – something that is important for fire stations up and down the country and a vital key skill for young teenagers.

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Teachers at the school selected the teens to take part in the unique course as it was identified they could benefit from improving a number of important skills to set them on the right path going forward into adulthood.

With firefighting uniform donned, the ‘watch’ demonstrated the skills they have learnt in front of family and friends at a special passing out parade yesterday (Wednesday) under the guidance of Dan Fitzgerald, Wayne Jones, Geoff Turner and Watch Manager Kelvin Wright. The group then cooked up their final meal together – Spaghetti Bolognese.

WM Calvin Wright explained to Island Echo that this was the second such programme to be carried out, the first being delivered at Cowes Enterprise College. There are plans to move on to another school in the near future with the hope of continuing a circuit around the Island throughout the year.

The fire service revisit the students after 3 months and again after 6 months to ensure they are on the right track and are utilising the skills they have acquired through the Teen Fire Fit programme.

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