Firefighters host young boxers in training morning

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) firefighters joined young people from Empire Fighting Chance to offer a morning of firefighter training at Hicks Gate Fire Station.

Empire Fighting Chance, a boxing club based in Bristol, was founded in 2006 and aims to fight the impacts of deprivation on young people. AF&RS dedicated a morning of training to show young boxers the ropes of becoming a firefighter, highlighting life on a fire station and encouraging those involved to take part.

Attendees had the chance to get involved in physical training and try-out the firefighter fitness tests. From climbing a ladder to assembling firefighting equipment, using hose reels and taking part in fitness tests, they got involved in the daily activities of a firefighter.

Watch Manager Andy Prothero led the morning’s activities, he said: “The day was a great success, I’d like to thank all of those involved, including Bedminster, Hicks Gate, Portishead and Control crews for coming together for a successful day with Empire Fighting Chance. The young people all performed exceptionally well, with great spirit and determination seen from them all.

“It was great to meet those form Empire this morning, they tell me they had an amazing time and were “buzzing” about it on the way back to the boxing gym. I hope that this could become something more regular with Empire, it’s a great chance for us to spend time with our communities and show them more about life on station.”

The young people also had a tour of the fire station, learning about what it means to be a firefighter and work within a close-knit team. The event also stood to introduce AF&RS to the young people and demonstrate the variety of roles and opportunities on offer within the Service. From firefighting to urban search and rescue (USAR), call handlers to dog handlers, there are many career paths within the Service that suit a variety of skills.

To find out more about the variety of skills and roles within the Fire Service, visit our careers website.