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The official passing out parade marked the culmination of Newquay Tretherras students learning during the five day Phoenix Project course. During the ‘Passing Out Parade’ ceremony, held in front of family and friends, the group showcased firefighting techniques that including hose running and first aid.
The Phoenix Project has been run by the Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service since 2002 and enhances young people’s self-confidence, communication skills and community spirit.
Julian Commons, Phoenix Services Manager said: “Cornwall Fire and Rescue and Community Safety service continues to commit to the development of skills for every child. These young people from Newquay Tretherras have shown great enthusiasm participating in all aspects of the programme. We continue to use the Phoenix to invest in young people and engage with communities across Cornwall. Cornwall Fire and Rescue and Community Safety service is able to use its reputation and position of authority and respect within the community to develop young people’s team work, communication and leadership skills. The students from Newquay Tretherras School have worked extremely hard to succeed and improve their own learning and performance.”
The Phoenix Project is a Cornwall wide initiative geared towards students between the ages of 13 -17. To gain their certificates the students are given training in hose running, marching, wearing breathing apparatus (BA), life skills and problem solving. All aspects of the course are designed with an aim of building confidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and improve teamwork and communication skills.
“It’s great to see yet more young people learn not only how to become better communicators and leaders but to learn a very important fire safety message at the same time. Initiatives such as Phoenix help us to achieve safer communities from the ground up, which is the principal aim of the service” said CFRS Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker.
At the end of the ceremony, Miss J McGlynn, Senior Assistant Headteacher at Newquay Tretherras commented, ‘We are extremely proud of your hard work and how you have made a huge impact on this week. Congratulations to you all on a fantastic achievement.’