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MP visits Redditch Young Firefighters

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Karen Lumley, Member of Parliament for Redditch, went along to Redditch Fire Station last week to meet the Young Firefighters at their weekly training session.

Redditch Young Firefighters meet every Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm at the fire station. They are part of the Young Firefighters Association, a uniformed organisation that encourages young people to learn basic firefighting techniques and to develop a range of skills, including greater confidence and discipline, community awareness and leadership qualities.

The Redditch branch has been established for 12 months and currently has 11 members, a mix of males and females aged between 13 and 17-years-old. It is one of two branches within Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, the second based at Droitwich, and now in its 10th year.

During the visit on Thursday evening (23 September), Karen Lumley MP was welcomed by Redditch Station Manager Phil Griffiths and then went to watch the group as they started their weekly drill.She heard how each young firefighter learns basic firefighting skills during a 13-week training course and then takes part in a passing out parade in front of senior officers, family and friends. She also heard about the community safety and local fund-raising initiatives the young firefighters get involved with and about the summer camps they can attend where they get chance to meet other young firefighters and experience a range of adventure-based activities.

Station Manager Phil Griffiths said: “Karen spoke individually to our young firefighters to find out which schools they were at and why they chose to get involved in the organisation. It was a good opportunity to show what the Young Firefighters Association is all about and we appreciate her interest.”

MP Karen Lumley added: “It was a pleasure to meet Redditch Young Firefighters on Thursday evening and learn more about their training and the range of activities they can take part in. Firefighters at Redditch devote a lot of time and energy to the scheme and it’s fantastic to see youngsters doing something so positive in their free-time. I feel sure that this will help them as they apply for jobs or university places in the future.”