08 October 2010

Young people from Wellingborough and Irthlingborough who took part in a week-long training programme organised by Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service have showcased their newly acquired firefighting skills at a passing-out parade.

The teenagers took part in an intensive, structured programme of activities called Action Reaction Consequence (ARC) which included training in fire drills, road safety and first aid as well as attending sessions covering issues such as bullying, substance abuse, criminal activity and the impact anti-social behaviour can have in the wider community.

The scheme is coordinated by Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service with other agencies including CAN, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Northamptonshire Police and YMCA.

The programme has helped the young people to achieve a new Wider Key Skills qualification which has been developed in partnership with the national awarding organisation ASDAN and is unique to Northamptonshire’s fire and rescue service. This accreditation model is formally recognised as best practice by central government and other fire and rescues services across the country.

The parade took place at Rushden fire station and was attended by the friends and family of the young people who completed the programme. The teenagers demonstrated their new skills, including firefighting drills, and were presented with certificates.

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson said “We are extremely pleased with the ongoing success of the ARC scheme. It is an excellent demonstration of how the fire and rescue service and other agencies work in partnership to improve the future for young people in Northamptonshire.

“I would like to congratulate the young people involved in the ARC scheme on completing the programme, and, wish them every success for continuing the positive steps they have taken into the future “

Additional information:

The programme took place from Monday 27 September to Saturday 2 October 2010, with the passing out parade taking place on Saturday 2 October 2010.

The young people were referred to attend the course by schools or other organisations.