Youth being taught firefighting skills
Close to 30 young people between the ages of 12 and 15 are being trained in basic firefighting skills in order to help their communities with fire safety, including the installation and assessment of smoke alarms.
The Barbados Fire Service (BFS) has organized a week-long Advanced Fire Cadet Programme, which opened this morning at the BFS headquarters at Cheapside, St Michael.
The officer in charge of the BFS training unit Station Officer Henderson Patrick said the programme was developed to help the 28 participants engage in a positive yet productive activity.
“You will be able to tell us about the elderly people that live in your community, and you will be able to take a log of that information and share it with the fire department so that we can better respond to the needs of those people in your communities. So you have a very significant and serious task ahead of you,” he said.
The Station Officer also commended the participants for giving up a week of their summer vacation to learn the skills so that they can give back to their community, and stressed that he hoped they would embrace whatever is passed on to them.
“There are times when our young people need to exercise restraint, but you have shown that your interest really is living a positive life and making a positive contribution to this society, and I urge you continue.
“There are going to be times when you want to go sideways from the path that you have taken, but continue to exercise that restraint because at the end of the day you are the future of our nation,”
Meanwhile, just last week Friday, 28 students graduated from the BFS Junior Fire Cadet Programme. At that ceremony, held at Harrison College, the participants demonstrated the skills they learnt over the five-week period to their parents, friends and members of the top brass of the BFS.
Some of these skills included first aid, water survival and rescue, squad drills, knots and lines and hose and hydrant drills. They also engaged in a number of positive development sessions.
Top fire cadets for this year’s programme were Dondre Hurdle and Shakada Marshall.