Brigade youth scheme goes down under.(News)


A successful scheme developed by London Fire Brigade to improve the self-esteem of young people and reduce antisocial behaviour is being adopted by the New Zealand Fire Service.

The Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) programme (see pg 46) was established in 2002 and is an intensive five day course that teaches young people between the ages of 12 and 17 firefighting skills alongside real firefighters.

Now two watch managers from London Fire Brigade, Steve Beesley and Richard Welch, have been invited to Hawke's Bay on the North Island of New Zealand to help set up the scheme there.

The pair will be in New Zealand for around four weeks where they will be training New Zealand firefighters to become LIFE instructors, ensuring the New Zealand Fire Service can train their own instructors, and helping to deliver New Zealand's first LIFE course. …

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