Lessons in LIFE

PUBLISHED: 13:59 01 May 2007 | UPDATED: 11:49 06 May 2010

Learning how to handle a hose

Learning how to handle a hose

A GROUP of teenagers stepped into firefighters boots during an intensive work experience course designed to steer them away from anti-social behaviour. The youngsters took part in the Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) Scheme at Hertfordshire Fire

A GROUP of teenagers stepped into firefighters' boots during an intensive work experience course designed to steer them away from anti-social behaviour.

The youngsters took part in the Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) Scheme at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's Longfield Training Centre in Stevenage.

The five-day course was structured so that the participants would work as part of a 'watch' and they took part in activities such as breathing apparatus training and hose running.

The week was rounded off with a pass-out parade and demonstration.

Station manager Paul Blande, who organised the LIFE project in Hertfordshire, said: "The aim of this course is to provide a disciplined and well-focused team environment where the attitude and behaviour of the young people can be challenged by the trainers.

"The young people have worked hard. They can all be proud of themselves because they learnt so many new skills."

The scheme has been run once before in Hertfordshire but it was the first time it had been set up in Stevenage.

Similar projects run by other fire services have seen a 90 per cent reduction in reoffending.

County councillor Keith Emsall, who has executive responsibility for community safety, said: "This is an excellent project which encourages teenagers to address the consequences of anti-social behaviour and helps them to adopt a new set of values.


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