Town fire station to hold open evening for youngsters

DROITWICH fire station is holding an open evening for teenagers who would like to join the Young Firefighters Association.

The evening, for youngsters aged between 13 and 17, will be held at the Friar Street station on Wednesday, October 24 between 7 - 8.30pm.

Anyone interested in joining the group is welcome to attend with their parents or guardians to find out more and complete an application form.

The evening will start with introductions and a full presentation on the Young Firefighters Association (YFA) to include information on basic training and the range of opportunities that becoming a member can offer. Existing young firefighters will also be on hand at the event to share their experiences.

Sue Taylor from Droitwich Young Firefighters Association said: “Those who attend the open evening will have chance to find out more about the training and the range of activities young people can get involved in with the YFA. They will also be able to have a go at hose running and try a ladder climb on the drill ground.”

She explained that the YFA is a disciplined, uniformed youth organisation open to both males and females aged between 13 and 17-years-old and that those joining will undergo a 13-week training programme before taking part in a passing out parade in front of their families and senior fire officers. Young firefighters can then start learning more complex fire drills and take part in community events alongside regular firefighters.

She added: “Droitwich Young Firefighters meet every week on a Wednesday evening between 7pm – 9pm at Droitwich Fire Station and although the focus is on training and learning new skills, it’s also an opportunity to make new friends and have a lot of fun.”

Young people interested in finding out more can either turn up to the open evening on the night ready for a 7pm start or can contact Sue Taylor from Droitwich Young Firefighters Association on 07713 354992 or at staylor@hwfire.org.uk

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