Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) has been recognised by David Cameron for its contribution in tackling anti-social behaviour.
The Prime Minister handed a Big Society award to all UK Fire and Rescue Services for their ground-breaking work with young people to educate about fire prevention and anti-social behaviour.
The award from the Prime Minister recognised a range of initiatives operated across the country. This includes the Prince’s Trust programmes run by HFRS at several locations in Hampshire, including Southampton, Rushmoor, Basingstoke and Andover.
Louise Kovacs, Youth Education and Training Manager for HFRS said:
“We are extremely proud and delighted to be part of this Big Society award.”
“We have been involved with children and young people’s education and engagement for decades. The award is in recognition of the hard work, dedication and the passion of our staff who undertake this work in their communities.”
“I would like to personally say a huge thank you to all our staff who have made this award possible.”
Since 2002, HFRS has been the delivery partner for the Prince’s Trust Team programme in the county. In 2013/14, Hampshire was the highest performing fire and rescue service in terms of delivering Prince’s Trust courses, with 93% of young people achieving the programme and qualification. 90% of those who completed the post-programme survey went into employment, education, training or volunteering.
Hampshire has also seen two ex-team members go on to become qualified firefighters.
HFRS is also launching the National Fire Cadets programme in Hampshire, with two units opening in the Ringwood and Gosport areas during September 2014. The award was presented by Neil O’Connor, Director for Fire, Resilience and Emergencies at the Department for Communities and Local Government, to Paul Fuller, President of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA).
CFO Fuller said:
“We welcome this award, which recognises the impact that fire and rescue services have made on the lives of children and young people throughout the country.”
“Fire and Rescue Services are committed to their communities – not just to saving lives but to transforming the lives of many young people as well.”