- Tuesday, 23 November 2021 10:57
Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS), local gyms and emergency service partners joined The Prince’s Trust to host a week long course for young people at Yate Fire Station.
During the week, five young people from in and around Yate took part in a course aimed at 16-25 year-olds looking to boost their fitness, motivation, confidence and well-being.
The ‘Get Started in Health & Fitness’ course, jointly hosted by AF&RS and The Prince’s Trust provided a week-long programme of fun workouts, finding out more about behind the scenes of a fire station, healthy cooking and an array of educational sessions to increase understanding of a healthy lifestyle as a basis for good mental well-being.
The participants experienced many aspects of life as a firefighter, including:
· Hose running and hydrant drills
· Firefighter fitness assessments
· Yoga and meditation sessions
· Throwline training and water safety
· Wellbeing sessions to manage stress
· A first-aid course
· Group fitness session from Anytime Fitness Yate
· Crawl space challenge
The programme, led by AF&RS Children and Young Persons Team proved successful, increasing confidence in attendees and understanding of life as a firefighter.
Meghann Elvin, Children and Young Persons Manager at AF&RS, led the programme, she said: “The young people have worked brilliantly to support and encourage each other to challenge and push themselves. Even after the first two days, they had built a strong team. They remained focused and enthusiastic throughout the week and threw themselves into every activity with determination and good humour – and weren’t afraid to get wet!”
Meghann wanted to give a special thanks to all those involved in producing this programme.