Fire service boxes clever

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Halifax Boxing Club to run a new initiative aimed at the unemployed.

The free 12-week course hopes to give participants something to put on their CVs that will knockout‟ the competition.

It offers training in skills, such as food hygiene, fire marshalling and how to do a risk assessment, which will appeal to employers across the board, and furnish participants with accredited qualifications.

The initiative is supported by Halifax North and East, who run the successful Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative, as well as West Yorkshire Police‟s Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Induction has started for the programme, funded through grant money secured from The People‟‘s Health Trust.

Boxing enthusiast Kyle Scully has signed up as a summer activity despite having a place secured at Leeds Trinity University in September.

The 18-year-old said: “I‟‘m really excited to take part in this initiative. I think this is something different in the community.

“I’‟m hoping to get an idea of the hazards in the general working environment and what it’‟s like to be in a situation where you have to think on the spot.”

Station Commander for Illingworth and Halifax, Dom Furby, said: “Part of the course will cover fire safety, fire marshaling, risk assessments and safety in the home.

“With a teamwork approach from various partner organisations, we are able to offer an all-round package that could really help people who have potentially lost their career focus.”

Neighbourhood Policing Ward Officer for Ovenden, Kim McCloskey, said: “If kids leave school with no qualifications, there‟‘s the chance for them to stray onto the wrong path and get into anti-social behaviour but hopefully this course could give them some focus. “

Head Coach at the boxing club, Mick Rowe added: “This course is not specifically about boxing but the opportunity will be there to get involved in that side of things.

“Boxing gives you confidence, discipline and it a route to good fitness.”

For more details contact Dominic.Furby@westyorksfire.gov.uk or Karen.Scanlon@calderdale.gov.uk.