Disabled teenagers learn the best way to tackle fires

Youngsters meet the challenge of firefighting course. The youngsters with their SYFR instructors after the passing-out parade
Youngsters meet the challenge of firefighting course. The youngsters with their SYFR instructors after the passing-out parade
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DISABLED youngsters from Doncaster schools and colleges have successfully completed a firefighting course at the Leicester Avenue fire station.

The 13 pupils, aged 13 to 17, spent a week working closely with crews to learn a range of skills.

SYFR’s Local Intervention Fire Education programme was specially adapted to suit the different needs of the youngsters and was run by firefighters who have already proved to be role models for previous participants.

On the final day the youngsters from North Ridge, Hayfield, Stonehill, Hungerhill, Pennine View and Heatherwood schools, and Doncaster College, demonstrated their new skills in front of friends and family, and they all received a portfolio outlining the skills they had gained including teamwork, motivation, and basic firefighting.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Keith Watts said: “It was a real privilege to have this group of young people working with us at the station. The attitude they displayed throughout was exceptional, and I am sure they will all leave here with a great sense of achievement.”