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Youngsters complete week long Firebreak project with final passing out parade to be proud of!

Children aged between ten and twelve from local schools (The Colchester Academy and Willow Brook Primary School) have successfully completed a week long Firebreak course with a final passing out parade to be proud of.

The course, based at Wivenhoe Fire Station, was funded by Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) and delivered by Essex County Fire and Rescue.

The project aims to help develop and support young people in order to help build positive peer attitudes, self-esteem and confidence whilst at the same time re-engaging young people into education. The programme is hoped to have wider implications for those that take part by enabling the youngsters to make positive life choices and steer themselves away from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or disregard for their local communities.

Les Nicholl, Community Builder for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said,

"It was a pleasure to have the youngsters working with us throughout the week. We got them working as a team across various scenarios such as simulating rescuing a person from a second floor flat to performing CPR on a dummy that had been overcome with fumes.

Although I have been involved in Firebreak for over 10 years, working with students so young was very much a new venture for us and we were a little apprehensive whether the students would be able to grasp the complexities of the course. Our fears however were unfounded and all of the youngsters on the course worked extremely hard and enthusiastically."

The programme was fully backed by both The Colchester Academy and Willow Brook Primary School.