Four of our Year 12 students took part in a Passing Out Parade for the Young Firefighters Scheme last Friday. The Young Firefighter scheme is provided for Level 1 Public Service students at Minsthorpe and is run by West Yorkshire Fire Service at Castleford Fire Station. The students have attended the fire station every Friday morning for 20 weeks of their course.
During the scheme the students have had the opportunity to take part in a range of firefighting duties such as rescuing casualties from buildings, putting fires out, Road Traffic Collision rescues and a first aid course. The students marked the end of the course with a passing out parade where they demonstrated their abilities in different scenarios in front of their parents, college staff and West Yorkshire Fire Service staff. They received a certificate for the qualification, Level 2 BTEC Award in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.
Public Services teacher, Mr Sleigh commented, "students have enjoyed the opportunity to work away from college in a work related environment carrying out practical tasks rather than being in the classroom for the Public Services course. The work done at the fire station also provides 40% of the evidence required for their Level 1 Diploma in Public Services."
This is a great achievement and students are to be congratulated for their commitment to the scheme. Parents and staff feel very proud of them!