Firebreak is an intensive 5-day intervention programme that provides a positive alternative learning environment.
The programme is carried out within the structured and disciplined environment of the Fire and Rescue Service on an operational fire station and combines classroom based learning with practical activity.
The course offers a unique opportunity for participants to engage with operational firefighters who are given additional training to become Firebreak Instructors. As positive role models they support the participants and help them to build positive and trusting relationships. The course culminates at the end of the week with a pass out parade where participants demonstrate their practical achievements and are awarded their certification in front of invited guests and dignitaries.
Through the Firebreak approach, individuals who may be struggling to achieve within the traditional education framework benefit from the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. By challenging themselves in this supportive environment, participants can develop skills around team work and relationship building, focusing on reaching their potential and becoming an active and contributing member of their community.
Referrals to this course can only be made by those working with children and young people, such as the police or a school or agency working with young people and families.