The LIFE project (Local Intervention and Fire Education) aims to work with those young people who are struggling at school, at home, in the community, or those that just need some time out to get their lives back together, or any young person who would benefit from a week with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.
The course is designed specifically to challenge young people aged 13-17 who may benefit from a week within a uniformed and disciplined environment. We hope that it will help to reduce call-outs, fire deaths and injuries and also improve the safety of fire crews and the communities they serve. We want to work toward better outcomes for young people, helping them stay healthy and safe, to enjoy life and achieve their potential.
During the intensive five day course the young people take part in:
- Breathing apparatus techniques.
- Use extinguishers on live fires.
- Rescue techniques from road traffic collisions.
- Off-station fire fighting exercise.
- Using fire-fighting equipment.
- Running out hoses.
- Ascend and descend ladders.
- Maintaining the fire engines and equipment.
- Team building skills.
- First aid.
- Consequences sessions.
- Pass-out parade.
The LIFE project also provides an opportunity for us to engage with local young people within their local communities.
The consequences session uses uncut footage of fire and road incidents, giving the young people the opportunity to examine and discuss the unpleasant results and antisocial behaviour, highlighting the cost to the community, emergency services, the young people and their families.
By the end of the week all young people have:
- Raised self-esteem.
- Raised self-value.
- Raised self-confidence.
- Raised self-motivation.
- Raised self-respect.
- Consequently gained self-empowerment.
All young people overcome personal challenges and achieve many goals, they learn about:
- How to work as a member of a team.
- How to improve communication skills.
- How to support each other.
- How to give and receiving of orders.
- Health and safety.
- Respect and self-discipline.
All important skills required in the workplace.
This cannot be achieved by one agency working alone; it requires the involvement of:
- Safer Neighbourhood PCSO's.
- Road Policing Unit.
- Local Authority.
- Independent Members of the Community.
Please contact us for further details and referrals, our contact details can be found in the contact tab above.