Young people involved in research project meet Chief Fire Officer

Young people watch a demonstrationYoung people from the Creative Youth Network have been visiting Avon Fire & Rescue Service as part of plans to develop a dedicated youth space in the centre of Bristol.

The Station, on Bridewell Island, is set to open in October 2012 and will be located in the former fire station building. As part of the project young people aged between 16 and 18 have been finding out about life in the fire and rescue service.

The group visited Temple Fire Station to meet serving and former firefighters. They were given a tour of the station and were invited to take part in a demonstration of some of the equipment.

The visit also included a meeting with former firefighters Alan Bancroft, Gordon Feaver and Pete Noble, who worked at Bridewell Station. They shared some of their memories of incidents, events and life on the station with the group. These have been recorded and will be on display at the centre.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive, Kevin Pearson, also met with the young people to talk about his role and highlight some of the changes to the fire and rescue service over the years.

CFO Pearson said: “This project will undoubtedly bring the former fire station in the centre of Bristol back to life. It was really interesting to hear from the young people involved about their plans for the building.

“It’s great that they want to link the stories and memories of the fire service in days gone by with the modern fire and rescue service. The project sounds like a really exciting venture and I can’t wait to see the end result.”

The group will return to AF&RS in April when they hope to speak to more former firefighters about their memories.

The Station, will create a safe, neutral space in which young people from all backgrounds can thrive. As well as a place to chill out, have fun and take part in creative projects, The Station will provide a comprehensive support network offering young people counselling, career guidance and health advice. 

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