The next generation says ‘YES’ to emergency response training

  Posted on 14th July 2015 by Loralee Hyde in UFBA News

A Youth in Emergency Services (YES) collective collaboration between UFBA and the Ministry of Youth Development, is delivering training by experienced and qualified instructors through FETS (Fire & Emergency Training Solutions) to students aged 15-19 years old.

Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne met with the most recent training team at Tawa Rural Fire Force Depot in Wellington on 10 July.

Photo above: Hon Peter Dunne and the latest training team along with Deanna Roa, Trevor Moss (Paraparaumu), Sam Coleman (Avalon) and Judith Stanley (Paekakariki).

After watching the participants cheerfully undertake two Waterway Challenges in the bitterly cold weather, the Minister thanked the students for their dedication in giving up their school holidays to train and for becoming a professional, smart and hardened crew in just a week.

He said it was encouraging to see the next wave of volunteers coming through and was impressed by their skills and camaraderie. This, along with the confidence they had developed, would be of immense benefit to their communities.

Giving young people hands-on experience

SFF Judith Stanley and Deanna Roa are managing the youth project for UFBA.

Judith says the aim of the project is to develop a learner-centred approach for risk awareness, emergency response, and readiness training.

“Giving young people hands-on experience in a safe environment helps build awareness and confidence in dealing with unfamiliar situations,” Judith says.

“The programme gives participants basic emergency management skills to set them up with safe work habits from the start of their working lives.”

Over a week, the students take part in a series of activities and drills including safety awareness, risk management, hose-drills, appropriate use of fire extinguishers, evacuation procedures, and safety warden roles and responsibilities.

Learning and developing problem-solving, team-building and leadership skills creates opportunities for the young people to contribute to more resilient and positive communities.

The programme also includes presentations from urban fire and rescue, rural fire, local civil defence and emergency management, and animal rescue.

Participants are assessed for four emergency management unit standards totalling ten credits at Levels 1 to 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

During the April school holidays earlier this year, 29 students participated—15 from the Kapiti region and 14 from the Hutt Valley. All achieved the full complement of four unit standards (10 credits).

A future-focussed solution for the emergency response sector

Judith says emergency management training for young people is a future-focussed solution for the emergency response sector.

“The training is an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to make safe decisions and have fun through active learning,” she says.

“The skills they learn will enable them to make a valuable contribution to their communities in the future.”

See more images from the training at the Tawa Rural Fire Force Depot here

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