An innovative course run by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s Phoenix team, celebrate students achievements with practical demonstration and award ceremony.
Following a 5 day programme by Cornwall Fire and Rescue’s, Phoenix Team; students from Trevithick Court on the Cornwall College Camborne campus, showcased their new skills in front of dignitaries, family and friends.
The practical demonstration took place outside the county’s service headquarters; the drill was to showcase what the students had learnt all week. They used lots of key skills to achieve this including working as a team, communication skills, trust and first aid skills. All activities used firefighting equipment.
Ruth Dixcee, Team Lead (West) for Foundation Learning said, “Our students taking part on this course have all shown great enthusiasm and the ability to absorb lots of technical information in a short space of time.
“The staff at Phoenix are remarkable and we cannot thank them enough for their patient, commitment and inspiration that they brought to our learners. It was wonderful to see the students not only taking part, but leading the demonstration and it’s obvious that everyone had had a great time”.
Assistant Chief Fire Office for Cornwall Fire and Rescue, Mark Hewitt added, “Our Phoenix team are here to help the local community understand the important role that fire and rescue plays in society, and also to teach young people to develop new skills, improve confidence and be able to work in teams”.
The Phoenix Project has been running since 2002 and is designed to engage people between the ages of 13 and 17 with a wide variety of leadership tasks.
Student Graham Andrews commented, “I really liked wearing the breathing apparatus, I didn’t realise just how heavy it was, but it was great to use. The staff were all amazing, really professional and friendly, thank you for all your help”.
Jody Rashleigh Community Support Training Officer (Senior Instructor) added, “We are really looking forward to starting our mentoring sessions with these students, the sessions we have planned include working with other agencies including the police and Cornwall Fire and Rescues Co-responders, sessions on Fire safety in the home and Road Safety the final session will culminate in a celebration of further achievement”.
Katie Rollason, Operations Manager for Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service added, “We do have lots more opportunity to support young people who fit the funding criteria through the ESF programme, so if anyone would like to know more please do get in touch by calling 01326 318177.”
Ruth concluded, “This has been a valuable experience for the learners and it just goes to show what can be achieved in a short space of time. They have all done brilliantly and no doubt will be talking about this for a very long time”.