Youngsters get burning desire to join fire service after course

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A GROUP of South Yorkshire youngsters felt the heat when they were put through their paces by firefighters.

Firefighters based at Rotherham fire station put on a three-day course aimed at giving young people experience of life in the fire service.

The event was aimed at youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have been victims of crime or are deemed at risk of getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

They were taught basic firefighting skills and told about the role of a firefighter, the importance of discipline for emergency services and consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Nicola Hayes, a community support officer for Rother Valley South, said: “The youngsters put so much into this event and I know they will have learned a lot from an intensive three days training.”

Amanda Thompson, fire service community partnerships officer, said: “These courses have been proven to improve participants’ confidence, team work and school performance, as well as driving down anti-social behaviour in the community.”