Oak Grove students complete fire course

Students from Oak Grove College complete their FireBreak course at Lancing fire station
Students from Oak Grove College complete their FireBreak course at Lancing fire station

SEVEN students from Oak Grove College graduated from a FireBreak course at Lancing Fire Station on Friday.

The course was specially adapted for pupils from the Durrington school, which caters for pupils with a variety of learning difficulties.

FireBreak’s newest recruits spent five days taking on a range of team-building and problem solving activities, ladder and hose drills and gained vital life-saving skills with HeartStart training.

Pass Out certificates and medals were presented to the students by Deputy Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex Lee Neale who said: “It was a real privilege to present the students with their certificates. They’ve risen to that challenge and made their families, teachers and our service very proud.

“Our instructors adapted the FireBreak course content to suit the Oak Grove students’ individual needs, getting the very best out of each of them.”

During the graduation ceremony the group demonstrated the new skills they had learned in front of an invited audience of very proud family, friends and teachers.

Oak Grove College teacher Ross Mckay said: “The students have learned lots of new skills, gained enormous self-confidence, had an insight into the world of work and clearly had loads of fun doing it. We’d like to thank West Sussex Fire & Rescue and in particular the instructors for making FireBreak such a positive experience for our students.”

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