NOT even the rain could dampen spirits as FireBreak graduates passed out in a blaze of glory.
The 11 youngsters became the latest to complete the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s FireBreak course held at Bognor Regis fire station.
Students from schools including Felpham Community School, The Regis School, Ormiston Six Villages Academy, Selsey Academy, Chichester High School for Boys and Chichester High School for Girls performed their passing out parade last Friday.
Jamie Aldred, from Felpham Community College, was one of those who took part in the intensive programme.
“I have really enjoyed it,” said the 14-year-old. “We have learnt a lot. Like how to climb ladders and the CPR qualification.”
Fellow graduate Ellie Bray- Richardson, 13, said she was looking forward to taking what she had learnt back to school when she returned to Chichester High School for Girls. She said: “It has been good. I was a bit shy when I started, but I think I have got a lot more confident.”
The scheme saw students take part in practical and classroom-based activities.
As part of the course, students also achieved a British Heart Foundation HeartStart first aid qualification.
The course was led by Simon Woodland, who said he could not have wished for a better group of students to work with on his first time as lead instructor.
He said: “It has been a lot of fun. As an instructor I think I have enjoyed it more than the students. For me the best thing has been to see how much they have grown in confidence.”
The big event for students was their pass out parade. After meeting the assistant chief fire officer Gavin Watts, it was time for them to show what they could do. They carried out drills including hose running, rescuing casualties and administering CPR. This was followed by a presentation, with the award for most improved student going to Tilly Gray.