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Added: Tuesday 11 September 2012
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Building on previous successes, an already proven project for groups of young people is to be launched this month.
Two new YES (Youth Engagement Scheme) projects are being rolled out at Brackley Fire Station on Saturday 15 September and Kettering Fire Station on Sunday 16 September between 9.30am and 12.30am.
The jointly funded partnership between Northamptonshire Police and Fire and Rescue Service is aimed at introducing young people to the work they do within the community in a fun and interactive way.
A local school in each area has assisted in the registration of children aged between 12 and 15 to join this innovative project.
PCSOs Jayne Breeze and Lynne McShannon from Kettering are accompanying Steve Davis, Watch Manager and Sean Metherell, Crew Manager Co Ordinator of Kettering Fire and Rescue in visiting the participating Kettering school to present the scheme, which is now in its successful third year.
PCSOs Gemma Webb and Duncan Cumming will be joining Watch Manager, Wilf Fox from Brackley Fire and Rescue, to promote the scheme to a school in Brackley.
Over the next six weeks the young people selected to take part, will be shown the many aspects of police and fire and rescue work whilst wearing their special YES t-shirt and experience what it’s like to be a police officer and firefighter who will instruct them on how to use a fire hose and take part in drills, which is a great team building exercise.
The specialist police dog and firearms officers will demonstrate the equipment and vehicles used to assist them in their work. Police officers and PSCOs will talk about their roles including issues around anti-social behaviour, drugs, knife crime and drinking where the students will be introduced to the effects of the beer goggles.
All students will have the opportunity to work towards a certificate teaching vital lifesaving skills on the British Heart Foundation Heartstart course.
The YES programme will culminate in a ‘passing out parade’ where the young people will all receive a certificate on completion of the course with a special shield of recognition to the outstanding achiever.
PCSO Breeze said: “The aim of the YES project is to give young people a greater understanding of how police and partner agencies work and their role in making better and safer communities.”
“This is a great opportunity for both us and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service to engage with younger members of the local community. The sessions are fun and informative with positive feedback from those who have taken part in previous sessions.”
PCSO Webb added: “It was a real pleasure to have the opportunity to offer such a unique experience to the young people in Brackley to engage in educational activities in a constructive yet enjoyable way.”
Watch Manager Stephen Davis, whose initial idea it was, further added: “The Fire and Rescue Service works with the community in several areas, and the YES project is an excellent opportunity to work with local young people to give them an insight into the role of the Fire Service. It also shows our commitment to working in partnership with the police and other agencies to improve our community. The young people taking part really enjoy the variety of the sessions, giving their best in the tasks we set them.”