Young firefighters make parents proud

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Junior firefighters graduated at a passing out ceremony with flying colours this week.

Teenagers from six secondary schools across Wakefield and Castleford have completed an Edexcel BTEC level two qualification in the Fire and Rescue Service in the community.

The young firefighters attended formal graduation ceremonies at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) headquarters in Birkenshaw.

They carried out a number of fire drills in front of their proud families, teachers, head teachers and senior fire service officers during the ceremony.

Martin Hoole, youth training team manager for the fire service said: “The young people who have graduated should be very proud of themselves for the hard work and commitment they have shown.

“The course is challenging and focuses on a number of aspects, including teamwork, discipline and a range of employment skills; elements that will be invaluable to the young people during school and later in life.”

The one or two year course includes practical and academic lessons at their local fire station classroom.

Subjects covered during the course range from breathing apparatus and pumping appliances to community safety and first aid.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton, who was at the ceremonies, added: “The feedback from the graduates, their parents and families and the school staff was fantastic to hear.

“It was clear from the beaming smiles and positive atmosphere that the event was enjoyed by all.

Pupils from Kettlethorpe High School, Crofton Academy, Freeston Academy, Wakefield City Academy, Ossett Academy and Castleford Academy.