Instructors have recently presented the 1000th FireSkills employability award to pupils in North Lanarkshire

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By Steven O'Neill

FireReach Instructors have presented a milestone 1000th FireSkills certificate to pupils in North Lanarkshire. 

Youngsters from Glencryan School, Cumbernauld, were presented with the award on Friday, June 14 after completing a course which sees them train as firefighters for the week.

The engagement events give the Instructors the opportunity to provide additional support to young people by boosting their social and communication skills. 

Station Manager Brian Byrne said: “The FireReach programme is a fantastic opportunity and gives younger people in our community a chance to speak with and work alongside firefighters.

“Course instructors are able to set up a range of fire service related drills and scenarios which can help build a young person’s self-confidence.”

FireReach has been running in the North Lanarkshire area for 14 years and allows local children to take part in breathing apparatus, road traffic collision and CPR training.

The FireSkills employability award was incorporated into the course over two years ago.

It was developed alongside partners at Police Scotland to provide the best opportunities for young people by providing a formal recognition.

The 1000th certificate was presented in front of representatives from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police Scotland and North Lanarkshire Council at Coatbridge Fire Station.

Speaking at the event, Assistant Chief Officer Ross Haggart said: “I’m privileged to have been here to see the milestone award presented.

“It shows the level of work firefighters are putting into engaging with Scotland’s communities and especially our younger generation.

“Skills learned by the young adults on this course can be shared with their peers and family and will help our commitment to keeping Scotland safe.

“I’d like to say a huge congratulations to everyone who has passed the course and received an award up until this point and a thank you to the staff and partners within North Lanarkshire for helping achieve this landmark.”

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