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Young Firefighters show their skills at pass out parade

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Redditch Young Firefighters Association (YFA) will be holding its first Pass out Parade at Redditch Fire Station next weekend (Saturday, March 6).

The YFA is a uniformed youth organisation which is run on a volunteer basis on behalf of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. There is one other branch based at Droitwich Fire Station.

The Redditch branch of the YFA opened in November last year. The Young Firefighters (YFFs) have undertaken a 13 week training course and the Pass out parade is being held to recognise the achievements of the YFFs.

In front of their family, Fire Service personnel, and dignitaries including Jacqui Smith, MP, the YFFs will demonstrate some of the skills they have learnt during their training including a hose running drill and a ladder demonstration. They will also be presented with a certificate of achievement by Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Jon Hall.

Pete Hope, the Redditch YFA Branch Co-ordinator said: “it is important that we recognise the achievement of the Young Firefighters, who have worked so hard to complete their training. The Pass out parade is an opportunity to place on record our thanks to them and to their families for supporting them through this process.”