Siblings from Little Havens Hospice learn skills and build confidence with local firefighters

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The Firebreak course, run by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, has been created especially for the brothers and sister of children with life-limiting conditions who are cared for by Little Havens Hospice.

This is the second time the course has been run, following a successful course last February.

Over four days, participants take part in a series of challenging tasks including using the service’s powerful hose reels, wearing specialist breathing apparatus, climbing ladders and rescuing people trapped in buildings and smoke-logged rooms.

The course aims to help develop participant’s skills in working together, build their confidence and teach them the value of team work and accepting responsibility.

The week culminates in a pass-out ceremony in which the Firebreak crew show their parents some of the skills they have learnt.

Senior divisional officer Julian Ashley, who presented the participants with their certificates on Friday, commented: “Seeing these young people at the pass-out ceremony was truly inspirational. They have worked so hard over the week and I could not have been more proud of them or the instructors who worked with them.”

Alison Mullins, sibling support worker at Little Havens Hospice, added: “Firebreak is a fantastic initiative and I know that all of the children who took part this week thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the chance to show their families what they have learnt. A big thank you to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, particularly everyone at Southend fire station. Together, we’re ‘Making every day count’.”

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