YOUNG men from
donned fire kits and joined firefighters
for training duties as part of a Firefly
The five day accredited programme which is run by firefighters
from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service helps to educate
young people aged between 13-17 to gain new skills and
qualifications. The course encourages team working and instils life
skills and values through better communications and leadership, as
well as learning practical fire safety skills.
The passing out parade for Firefly Bolton Team 3 took place at
Farnworth Fire Station on Friday, Septmember 30, where
family, friends snd previous Firefly cadets had the
opportunity to see the team demonstrate some of the skills they had
learnt over the duration of the course.
In one exercise a couple of cadets impressed the audience by
performing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on
After the demonstrations, the final part of the day
saw team members bravely stepping forward to talk about their
individual experiences before being presented with a portfolio of
achievement and a certificate by Bolton Borough Manager Ian
Team Coordinator Chris Taylor said: "This programme offers a
great opportunity for young people to learn new skills through
completing various activities such as physical challenges, learning
skills in firefighting, home safety awareness, first aid, team
building, communication and personal development.
"It is extremely satisfying to see these young people grow in
confidence over the week - they always work so hard to achieve each
activity given - they are a real credit."