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Mildenhall pupils take on fire fighter course

Mildenhall College Academy pupils have been learning about the role of being a fire fighter during a recent mini cadet course.

The 6 week, Firebreak course was run in conjunction with Suffolk County Council Fire service and led by Fire Liaison Officer Mr Andrew Sheldrick.

Over the period, pupils spent time at Mildenhall Fire Station to learn valuable team building skills. They were supplied with fire officer uniforms and took part in various activities which helped to improve confidence, teamwork and social skills as well as also learning first aid, hose work and how to rescue people from a smoke filled room.

At the end of the course pupils will be part of a passing out parade where parents and carers are welcome to attend and be part of the ceremony.

On Wednesday 8th February Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk attended the course in order to meet the students and observe the good work that Mr Sheldrick is doing with the students.

Fire Liaison Officer Andrew Sheldrick said:

“Mildenhall College Academy and Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service are committed to engaging with students to offer them the opportunity to enhance their skills to the best of their ability giving them the best chance in their future life”

Mildenhall Principal Susan Byles said:

“The Firebreak course is extremely popular with our students and their families. It is an extremely valuable experience for our learners who return with greater levels of confidence in their abilities and with a wider range of skills. It also gives students an understanding of the world of work outside of the academy. I have a file full of letters from parents wishing to thank the academy and most importantly Mr Sheldrick for giving their children the opportunity to attend this course.”

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