Barking and Dagenham teenagers fight fire in 100th LIFE course
PUBLISHED: 14:02 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 03 March 2017
Teenagers rescued peers from a simulated burning building to demonstrate their firefighting finesse.
100th LIFE passing out ceremony
Nine teenagers took part in the passing out ceremony at Dagenham Fire Station. Picture: Paul Bennett.
The youngsters demonstrated their skills in front of family and friends. Picture: Paul Bennett.
The youngsters had to extinguish a simulated fire in a building during the demonstration. Picture: Paul Bennett.
The participants also rescued peers from a simulated burning building. Picture: Paul Bennett.
The course in Rainham Road North was the culmination of a four-day course. Picture: Paul Bennett.
Youngsters received AQA certificates after their passing out ceremony. Picture: Paul Bennett.
The budding firefighters celebrate their achievements at Dagenham's 100th LIFE course. Picture: Paul Bennett.
Yesterday’s display by youngsters at Dagenham fire station marked the culmination of the four-day Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) course – the 100th in Dagenham since it started in the area in 2005.
Ellis Burr helped manage the course for disadvantaged teenagers in Rainham Road North, which ended in a passing out ceremony attended by family and friends. “They were really excited to show their skills, they were full of energy,” she said. “Not a single person was there didn’t want to be there.”
The course is aimed at anyone who for some reason is not fulfilling their potential.
“We don’t do these courses so that every young person joins the fire brigade,” explained Ellis. “But if one of them does, it shows we’re doing something right.”
The course is open to 14 to 17-year-olds in Barking and Dagenham and Havering. Email LIFE4@london-fire.gov.uk to find out more.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Barking and Dagenham Post. Click the link in the orange box above for details.