Attic youths get award after fire course

20130626- Certificates presented at The Attic. ''The youngsters are pictured with their Saltire Challenge and Young Firefighters certificates and fireman Scott Keir, Ruth Leslie-Melville, Meg Milne, fireman Graeme Nicoll, Jim Milne and Kay Robertson at The Attic. ''''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography. ''No use without payment. '''''''''' '''' '' ''''''''''''

20130626- Certificates presented at The Attic. ''The youngsters are pictured with their Saltire Challenge and Young Firefighters certificates and fireman Scott Keir, Ruth Leslie-Melville, Meg Milne, fireman Graeme Nicoll, Jim Milne and Kay Robertson at The Attic. ''''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography. ''No use without payment. '''''''''' '''' '' ''''''''''''

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Youths from The Attic in Brechin recently participated in a three week Young Fire Fighters course that seen them undertake challenges.

The challenges included working in teams and challenges such as crawling galleries and a smoke filled house.

As part of the course the young people gained two certificates - one from the Fire Service and one from Voluntary Action Angus (VAA) as part of the Saltire Challenge.

Rick Moore of Scottish Fire and Rescue said: “The service is proud to be working closely with VAA to promote and contribute towards the Saltire Awards. Utilizing the skills of local firefighters to deliver young fire fighter courses is an excellent means for young people to learn the value of teamwork and acquire new skills.”

Ruth Leslie Melville of VAA expressed real hope for the future of Angus. She said: “Speaking as a board member of VAA, I would like to highlight the commitment and dedication Kay Robertson has shown bringing together both the Saltire and Young Fire Fighters. Through this sort of commitment she sets a fine example to young volunteers.

“At VAA we are totally committed to cultural change, what this means is that through volunteering and building local community action involving all the people in all the issues we can make Angus an even better place. For most of my life I’ve been an active volunteer and have had so many brilliant experiences, but what is really gratifying is when we see the young people of Angus making such a phenomenal contribution to their communities.”

Kay Robertson of The Attic said: “Working with Scottish Fire and Rescue has been brilliant they are really committed to engage with young people positively helping build team working and learning about fire safety. Young people involved in this really enjoyed it and many have reported back two important messages; one that they are now more aware of fire safety risks at home and can help educate their parents and others on this and two some of them said they would like to pursue a career in this area of work. What I’ve really enjoyed about working with Scottish Fire and Rescue is that they come from a similar value base as VAA does, being positive about young people”.

For more information on volunteering and to involve young people in Angus, please contact kay@voluntaryactionangus.org.uk