The Phoenix Project is a Fire and Rescue initiative aimed at young people aged 13 – 17.
The project runs five day courses across North Wales designed to assist in redirecting the energy of youngsters towards productive and worthwhile activities that will assist in the integration of the individuals with their peers and their communities.
The principal aim of the project is to invest in young people, utilising the skills, experience and reputation of the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service for the benefit of the community of North Wales.
Reducing fire deaths and injuries in the region is more than just providing an efficient emergency response service – by working with these youngsters we are able to educate them about the importance of fire safety and the consequences of deliberate fires and hoax calls.
During the week, the young people will engage in fire service activities such as hose running drills, fighting fires and search and rescue. They will also learn useful day to day skills such as First Aid, Manual Handling, Risk Management and Fire Safety.
There are many opportunities for self-exploration such as coping under pressure as part of a team and dealing with demanding tasks such as abseiling from a building or entering a smoke filled room. Throughout the five days, the young people are pushed in every way to draw out the best within themselves, all the time supported by a dedicated team, specially trained to work safely with young people.
There are three ‘benefit’ areas following on from the project:
For the Fire and Rescue Service: Reduction in Hoax Calls Reduction in Deliberate Fires and Arson Reduction in Fire Deaths and Injuries Strengthening links with other agencies Increased fire safety awareness
For the Community: Less incidences of anti social behaviour Reduction in crime
Safer Communities Stronger Communities
For the young person: Increased confidence and self esteem Improved interpersonal skills Safer individuals Vocational skills Increased sense of direction and self respect.
Thank you to North Wales Fire & Rescue Service for their time and valuable contribution to the education of our pupils here at Ysgol Brynhyfryd. Our year 9 students had the most amazing experience.