New intervention programme for young people to be introduced


Plans are underway to introduce a fire service-led scheme for children and young people to promote the culture of safety and citizenship.

Firebreak is a direct intervention inclusion programme targeting a range of ages, from 10 to 24, and aims to instil self-discipline, independence and responsibility, promote teamwork, encourage respect, urge participants to play an active role in their community and make the most of their potential.

The programme has had success in Essex, and Cambridgeshire is taking on the model with help from the experienced neighbouring fire service.

Dave Lynch, CFRS’ new Children and Young person lead, said: “Firebreak aims to reduce the potential for, and impact of, a risky lifestyle for students, their families and local communities. We also hope it can work to enhance the confidence or ability to work as part of a team for participants who are considered gifted and talented.”

Firebreak will be run in conjunction with education providers and other partners.

The scheme will go live at the end of 2016. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Dave on 07710917403.