A GROUP of young people performed fire and rescue demonstrations
for their families at a passing out parade after completing an
anti-social behaviour course at Rochdale Fire Station over the
The youngsters, who range in age from 10 to 14-years-old, were
referred onto the course by the Rochdale Youth Offending Team
On Saturday, August 18, the group performed a drill for their
families at a passing out parade, where they collected certificates
for completing the anti-social behaviour module of the ASDAN Fire
and Rescue qualification.
Starting in July with a road traffic collision demo which the
youngsters got involved in, the group has completed five afternoon
sessions with Blue Watch at the station.
The aim of the course was to raise awareness of the consequences
of anti-social behaviour and provide the young people with a
greater understanding of the work of Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service (GMFRS) and help to reduce the number of anti-social
behaviour related incidents, such as nuisance fires and hoax calls
over the school holidays.
Mouzan Hussain, aged 14, was placed onto the course because he
had deliberately started fires at his home in the past.
After the course, Mouzan said: "I won't start fires again,
definitely not. If friends or other young people said they wanted
to start a fire I would tell them just don't do it. Just forget it
and walk away."
He said the best part of the course was the road traffic
collision demo, adding: "It was the best but it was scary. It made
me think and scared me about being stuck inside."
The ASDAN Fire and Rescue programme is divided into eight
modules: communication, practical skills, safety and health,
community safety, anti-social behaviour, road safety, teamwork and
GMFRS' Children and Young People coordinator for Rochdale, Sarah
Draper, said: "The course is quite flexible and we can choose what
courses to deliver - we've been focusing on the anti-social
behaviour module because it's relevant to this particular group of
young people because of their age and background.
"We included the road traffic collision demo to give them a
flavour of the road safety module because although they're too
young to drive, we want to prevent them feeling peer pressured into
getting into a car with someone who is under the influence of drugs
"They have gained one credit of the ASDAN accredited
qualification for the anti-social behaviour module and now they
have the option of doing the other modules.
"All the young people said they would like to continue on the
course to gain another credit. They said they'd like to come back
in September to study the Community Safety module.
"I'm hoping to run this course over six weeks, one day a week
after school from the community room at Rochdale Fire Station where
we've been holding the sessions this summer. Other young people
from Rochdale will also take part in this course, including
youngsters on the new FireSmart programme."
FireSmart is a free, confidential programme offering education
and advice to anyone aged 17 years and under who may be exhibiting
signs of fire setting behaviour.
If you are concerned about a child or young person who is
involved in fire setting behaviour, please contact us on 0800 555