Passing out: Pupils complete Phoenix training
STUDENTS from Wadebridge Community College "passed out" on Friday when they completed a five-day course at the town's fire station.
The official passing out parade marked the culmination of the Phoenix Project course, where the students were taught firefighting techniques.
The Phoenix Project has been run by the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service since 2002 and enhances young people's self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.
Dave Pilling, Phoenix Project manager, said: "Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service commits itself to developing skills for every child and these young people from Wadebridge Community College have shown great enthusiasm participating in all aspects of the programme.
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"We continue to use the Phoenix Project to invest in young people across Cornwall. The fire service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to hone young people's teamwork, communication and leadership skills.
"The students from Wadebridge have worked extremely hard to succeed and gain their ASDAN certificate for improving their own learning and performance."
The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall-wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 13 and 17. To gain their certificates the students are given training in hose-running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem-solving with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.
"It's great to see yet more young people learn not only how to become better communicators and leaders but to learn a very important fire safety message at the same time. Initiatives such as Phoenix help us to achieve safer communities from the ground up," said chief fire officer Des Tidbury.
Cornwall Council Cabinet member for homes and communities Geoff Brown said: "The Phoenix Project has been extremely successful in helping young people from many areas and backgrounds. It's great to see how our fire service can help them to become better communicators and leaders."