YOUNGSTERS spent a week learning the basics of firefighting.
The group of 12 to 14-year-olds, from across West Sussex, were invited to take part in a week-long FireBreak course at Bognor Fire Station.
It is a partnership between the fire service and West Sussex Youth Service to encourage young people to learn new skills and benefit from discipline and structure.
Liam Craddock, a 12-year-old student from Chichester High School for Boys, was one of the seven students who took part in a passing out ceremony last week.
He said: ‘FireBreak has definitely changed me. It’s boosted my confidence and I’m now listening more to what other people say and working as part a team.
‘I want to thank the instructors for everything, they were really supportive and it was a fantastic week.’
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service youth instructor Simon Woodland, who led the course at Bognor Fire Station, added: ‘All the students should be extremely proud of themselves.
‘This is one of the best groups we have ever had.
‘They’ve risen to every challenge with fantastic spirit and determination.
‘Our fire service runs on a culture of teamwork, discipline and mutual respect and we instil those values into everything we do during a FireBreak course.
‘We’re committed to bringing out the very best in the young people they work with.’