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Teen Fire Fit - Passing Out Parade

posted 14 Feb 2019, 01:35 by N Nelson

Thank you to Island Fire for sharing this photo.

Following the successful delivery of a pilot scheme at Cowes Enterprise College, the Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service recently deliver Teen Fire Fit at the Academy.

Teen Fire Fit is a 6 week programme delivered in secondary schools targeting year 8 students who may have low self-esteem, weight issues, lack of engagement in healthy activities or from families that require extra support. The NHS has recognised the importance of early intervention to reduce obesity and associated medical conditions long term. This programme is designed to engage with the students by team work, education, and a structured delivery to change behaviours.


The 2 hour 45 minute courses of 6 initial sessions run weekly, starting at the beginning of a term. Starting at the end of the school day, 15.00 and finishing 18.00. With a further two follow up sessions after 3 and 6 months. In the first half of the course the students wearing firekit engage in a number of physical fire service activities working up an appetite. The second half is delivered by the school where the students (and fire service instructors) are given healthy cooking input. Then everyone cooks a meal and eats it together.

Joy Ballard said  'our students always do us proud. To see them succeed following such a tough course was simply brilliant.  We are grateful to the fire service for providing them with this fabulous opportunity'.