Firefighters help Lochaber pupils with Duke of Edinburgh Award

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For the past eight weeks Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has been working with Fort William school pupils

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service personnel have been working with school pupils in Fort William on their Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Firefighters in Fort William have been providing local school pupils with an insight into the work of the service and helping them develop crucial life skills.

The course provides participants with an understanding of fire service equipment, including ladders, pumps, knots, and fire hoses and how it is used to help and support operational activity.

The young community members were also exposed to the discipline required by fire and rescue service personnel, the importance of working as a team and the part that plays in problem solving situations.

The course was led by Crew Manager Peter Lees and supported by firefighters Christopher Findlay (Junior) and Alan Knox.

The following young people 'passed out' successfully on 8 May 2014: Evan Kyle, Torran Mealand, Kyle Mealand, Vaila Kennedy, Lorna Linfield, Jordan Padron-Acosta and Cara Lees. 

The presentation of their certificates was made by SFRS's Group Manager for Lochaber, Pat McElhinney at Fort William Fire Station.

He said: "I would like to commend all seven of the young people who attended and completed this course and I am sure the skills and knowledge they have gained during this short course will aid and support their direction in life.

"Communication, confidence, practical skills, problem solving, consideration for others and commitment to excellence are just a few of the traits all of them will have developed during their time with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and no matter what their career path all these skills will serve them well."

He added: "We wish them all the best in the future. I would also like to personally thank my staff who run the entire course in their own time, working late nights and in addition to working a full day in their normal jobs.

"Their commitment to the fire service and these young people is massively appreciated by myself and the community at large I am sure.”

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