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FireTeam aims to re-engage those who are not in full time education and offers an alternative approach to learning.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) offers an accredited programme for young people who are 14-years-old and over.

There are a number of benefits to the course including meeting new people, an insight to the fire and rescue service and an opportunity to gain an ASDAN accreditation.

The courses are based at one of our fire stations and runs weekly over 12 weeks. It can be flexible and fall in line with any school timetable.

The programme offers young people an opportunity to learn firefighting skills, home safety awareness and first aid.

Young people will also be able to improve their communication, team work skills as well as learn about the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

We welcome any young person who may be experiencing difficulties in engaging with school or their peers through low self-esteem or a lack of confidence.

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Phone: 01706 900 102

Rochdale Community Fire Station
Halifax Road
OL16 2LR

Generic and school enquiries:

If you have a generic enquiry for your local borough or station you should either

call 0161 909 8627 or email

Our programmes offer a blend of classroom learning and drill-yard activity, which means they are engaging and practical courses that also promote the importance of skills like working as a team, communication, understanding and assessing risk, adhering to instructions and understanding consequences of actions.

It’s fun, it’s hard work, and at the end young people can achieve recognised qualifications that could lead to jobs with the Fire Service or other organisations.

Activities may include:

  • Drill sessions using firefighting training techniques

  • Classroom based workshops such as fire safety awareness, first aid, food hygiene and health and safety

  • Health and fitness, such as sessions on nutrition and cookery

  • Community-based projects

So how does the community benefit from GMFRS running these programmes?

  • It motivates young people back into accessing mainstream services

  • It supports the reintegration of disengaged young people

  • It provides a community based alternative to Kay Stages 3 and 4 curriculums

  • It coaches young people in a wide range of skills to enhance their confidence and motivation

  • It increase their employability opportunities through experiences and recognised qualifications

  • It reduces risk of social exclusion and involvement in criminal/anti-social behaviour

  • It encourages young people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

What programmes do we run?

  • Firefly: for referred young people aged 11-17

  • Fire Team: for referred young people aged 14-16

  • Community Fire Cadets: for young people aged 14-16

  • Prince’s Trust: for young people aged 16 - 25

  • Traineeships: for young people aged 16-24