West Midlands Fire Service has a vision to make the West Midlands safer by providing a quality service to reduce risk by preventing, protecting and responding.
The Youth Services Section aims to make the West Midlands safer by working with young people who are at risk of becoming victims of fire, misusers of fire or perpetrators of fire related crime.
We have a youth work ethos and use a mix of informal and formal education methods to reduce fire risk. A team of eight is responsible for managing the youth projects including:
- Fire Intervention Reparation and Education (F.I.R.E.) – an intensive 5 day programme designed for young people who are either excluded, or on the verge of exclusion, from school and those who are working with Youth Offending Teams.
- Fire Safety Tutoring Programme - the objective of this project is to change the behaviour of young people who have an unhealthy interest in fire by teaching them about the hazards and consequences of their actions.
- Youth Fire Safety Courses – we have 15 fire safety related sessions which can be delivered on their own or combined together into a short course. Specific combinations address the syllabus of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and various uniformed youth organisations.
- The Young Firefighters’ Association – is a uniformed youth organisation open to young people aged from 11 – 17 years. We have YFA Branches at 11 fire stations across the area. Fire and Rescue Service Youth Training drills using hoses, ladders and search and rescue facilities are undertaken by the young people and through this they learn about team work and communication skills and the physical activity increases health and fitness.
- Prince’s Trust Team – Youth Services’ Prince’s Trust Officer works with every Prince’s Trust Team across the West Midlands, training team members to undertake risk assessments and provide team building activities, which utilise Fire Service training drills with hoses and ladders, etc. Prince’s Trust Team is open to young people aged 16+ and is an option for some school leavers.
- Your Choice – a series of three programmes designed to deliver facts about Road Traffic Collisions, Arson and Hoax Calls. Your Choice is delivered in schools, pupil referral units, Youth Offending Services and in informal education and youth work settings. Hard hitting video and photographic material is used to educate young people about possible consequences and young people are encouraged to make their choice regarding future actions.
The Youth Services Section is based at Safeside in Birmingham and can be contacted at:
West Midlands Fire Service
101 Vauxhall Road