13 September 2019

Fire Service delivers programme for PeterDeen

The community safety team and firefighters in Peterhead are running their first fire skills education programme to develop young people locally as part of the PeterDeen Scholarship.

Throughout September Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are engaging with scholars to encourage their personal development and to support them in becoming responsible citizens.

SFRS are working alongside scholarship partners from Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust and Score Group to support the provision of an alternative curriculum for the young attendees.

In addition to offering vital fire safety advice, the course aims to help young people develop various skills, including teamwork, problem solving, leadership, communication, and helps to prepare young people for adult life. Throughout the project, the young people are learning about SFRS, gaining new skills and getting an insight into the life of a firefighter. This includes team working, basic CPR, home fire safety and combating anti‐social behaviour.

LALO Watch Manager Willie Tocher said: “This is a fantastic programme to be involved with and rewards both the firefighters and the local kids who are taking part. The effort and enthusiasm they are putting in is a credit to Peterhead.”

The course will end with a passing out parade at Peterhead Fire Station on the 3rd of October, where the students will demonstrate the knowledge and experience they have gained. They will provide an onsite demonstration for family, friends, teachers with. members of the community also invited to attend.