TEN youngsters spent an action-packed week at Sale Fire Station learning new skills and firefighting techniques.

The young people were taking part in a course called Firefly, which is run by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to provide skills, development and qualifications for those who are struggling with their education.

The youngsters came onto the course through GMFRS’ established partners in Trafford – Altrincham College of Arts, Stretford High School, Flixton Girls’ School and Broadoak High School.

The service often works with education providers and various businesses and organisations across Greater Manchester to provide opportunities for young people to develop life skills and gain qualifications they may otherwise not be in a position to achieve.

Firefly is a five-day course run by firefighters for young people aged 13 to 16 to improve their self-esteem through instilling the values of GMFRS.

It was the first time the course has been held at Sale Fire Station and all ten young people completed the course and took part in a passing out parade where they received a portfolio of their achievement, including photos and certificates.

Over the five days, the young people learned skills in firefighting, physical challenges, team building, home safety awareness, first aid, consequences of antisocial behaviour and communication and life skills.

For more information about Firefly, email allfiredup@manchesterfire.gov.uk.