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Barking and Dagenham teenagers fight fire in 100th LIFE course

PUBLISHED: 14:02 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 03 March 2017

The budding firefighters celebrate their achievements at Dagenham's 100th LIFE course. Picture: Paul Bennett.

The budding firefighters celebrate their achievements at Dagenham's 100th LIFE course. Picture: Paul Bennett.

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Teenagers rescued peers from a simulated burning building to demonstrate their firefighting finesse.

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.


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