Norfolk youngsters have chance to get firefighting fit

Norfolk teenagers are being given a chance to discover how to keep fit and eat healthily from the county's firefighters.

The Fire Fighting Fit and Healthy programme is a partnership between Norfolk County Council's Fire and Rescue Service and East Coast Community Healthcare and will offer ten free sessions to teenagers aged 13-17 years from the Great Yarmouth area who are above their ideal weight.

Kitted out in firefighters’ uniforms and given a free firefighters' t-shirt, the youngsters get to try some of the crew’s training and learn about healthy eating.

Get firefighting fit

The sessions will be split into three with advice on nutrition, physical activity and firefighting activities and every teenager who completes the course will get a certificate.

Nigel Dixon, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, said: "This is a very commendable joint initiative to help promote healthy lifestyles and is a great opportunity for young people to learn skills and tips from our firefighters, as good role models. They will experience real firefighter training and no doubt have a great deal of fun in the process, I wish them well."

Thaine Hacon, who is coordinating the programme, said: "We are delighted to be involved in such an innovative and worthwhile programme. Fire Fighting Fit is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to learn about being healthy and have fun while also getting fit.

“A young person may feel self-conscious going to a typical club but here everyone will be in the same boat. They all get to exercise with firefighters, use firefighting equipment and take part in sessions including basic first aid and fire safety in the home."

Steph Edrich from East Coast Community Healthcare, said: "The Fire Fighting Fit and Healthy programme is for young people aged 13-17 years who are above their ideal weight and has been running successfully from South Lowestoft Fire Station for two years. The young people attend sessions with the firefighters for eight weeks, including nutrition sessions, team games and firefighting activities.

"Those who have completed the programme have made great improvements to their lifestyles and feel much more confident in themselves. It's fantastic that we can now offer this programme to young people living in the Great Yarmouth area too through our partnership with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service."

The programme, which will be held at Great Yarmouth Fire Station, starts on January 22.

Those interested in taking part can:

  • Text: FIREFIT to 65000
  • Call: 01493 419620
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • View or download the poster

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