Passing out ceremony for Young Firefighters
Each member of the group, which includes 10 from the Droitwich branch of the Young Firefighters Association (YFA) and nine from the Redditch branch, has recently completed the YFA training programme with Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS).
At the passing out ceremony, they were presented with a certificate of achievement by HWFRS’s Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates and they also demonstrated some of the skills they have learnt during their training to their families, Fire Service personnel and local dignitaries. This included a hose running drill, a ladder climb, a simulated car fire and a house rescue demonstration.
Ade Taylor, Branch Co-ordinator at Droitwich YFA, praised the commitment of those passing out. He said: “The Young Firefighters have worked hard to complete their training and it’s important that this achievement is recognised. The Passing Out ceremony is an opportunity to congratulate these youngsters and extend our thanks to their families for supporting them through this process.”
Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates added: “It takes determination and commitment to complete the YFA programme and these youngsters should be proud of themselves for achieving this. I am sure that the skills and increased self-confidence gained as they completed their training will be of positive benefit to them as they go through life.”
He also praised the instructors who give up their time to assist with the YFA scheme.
The Droitwich branch of the YFA meet every Wednesday evening at Droitwich Fire Station while the Redditch branch meet every Thursday evening at Redditch Fire Station, both between 7pm and 9pm.