Hillside & Mid-West Wales Fire Service
Young Fire Fighters Phoenix Course.
Hillside has worked in partnership with Mid and West Wales Fire
and Rescue Service since 2005. The Phoenix team consists of
Hillside Care Officers and Fire Service Personnel who have
developed the course over the past six year period.
The team have carefully, with selected young people, who are at
risk of committing or suffering harm from arson / fire and road
The Phoenix Project is intensive, practical course, aimed at
youths and young people aged between 13-17, who have offended and
may be on the verge of further offending. It is intended to give
the young people the opportunity to work as part of a team in order
to accomplish tasks and goals.
This is undertaken utilising the fire brigade personnel and
resources. The young people learn basic fire safety education and
first aid skills, which they have missed if they are not regular
The course gives them the opportunity to work as a team, where
they must rely on each other in order to accomplish specific
To engage young people who are involved in anti-social
behaviour, or who are at risk of engaging in anti-social
Specific aims of the course are to develop self-esteem and
self-confidence within the participants.
- To develop team work and communication skills.
- To enhance the clear direction, to reduce levels of anti-social
behaviour and fire related offences.
- To deliver training on fire drills and first aid skills.
The five day course itinerary includes the following
- Fire Fighting Skills e.g. RTA
- Operations such as car cutting.
- First Aid Skills.
- Life Skills.
- Drug and Alcohol Education.
The five day course concludes with a passing out parade for all
participants who complete the course.
There are follow up meetings 4-6 weeks after the week long
course. A series of two hour weekly follow up sessions take place.
These include further tuition on fire fighting skills and drug and
This is done in conjunction with the education department and is
taking forward through the PHSE lessons. Instructors and young
people who participate in the fire fighting course are invited to
complete evaluation sheets, which aim to reflect the content and
quality of the programme.
The young people and team members have been actively involved in
the development of an educational DVD. This will provide
educational advice, and experience from the young people that have
participated in the course, which can be used by young people,
youth groups and school groups, to raise awareness and promote
reduction and prevention of fire / arson / road accidents.
The DVD will give the community the opportunity to see the
impact that the Phoenix Course makes on the young people at risk of
offending, relating to fire / arson and road traffic incidents. The
victims group attached to the deaths, damages, injuries and
consequences are enormous.
The film / DVD made by the young people will evidence changes in
their thinking / attitudes and behaviour, for undertaking the
Phoenix Course during their residence at the Centre.
A DVD made by the young people at risk or Sentenced by the
Courts for insults of arson / road accidents / car crimes will be a
powerful educational outreach tool. This is one example of the
excellent work being facilitated at the Centre, as part of the
Phoenix Programme and will be used to promote the Phoenix Course