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LIFE Scheme

LIFEThe Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) scheme addresses the problems of young people, particularly those who have offended, are at risk of offending or have been victims of crime.

We also wish to address the causes of anti-social behaviour and to prevent young people from becoming persistent offenders by providing an intense work experience within a tightly structured and focused team environment.

The programme gives young people aged 12 to 19 the chance to work with real firefighters over five days, following a set programme of activities. 

The project has been running in London for some years now and has produced some very impressive results:

  • 95% attendance rate on the course
  • 90% non-offending rate 6 months after attending the course
  • 46% reduction in non-accidental fires across the borough
  • 76% reduction in attacks on firefighters

Feedback from local firefighters, schools, alternatives to education projects, youth groups, community organisations and youth offending teams have shown huge improvements in local relationships.

The programme highlights the consequences of anti-social behaviour and provides an intensive work experience course within a structured uniformed team, instilling discipline, team spirit, fire safety awareness, life skills and values which will improve the life chances of the participants.

The course is specifically designed to change the attitude and behaviour of the young people by getting them to:

  • Adopt a new set of values.
  • Address the consequences of anti-social behaviour.
  • Work co-operatively with others.
  • See the advantages of improving their own learning and performance.
  • Gain self esteem and self confidence.
  • Communicate better.
  • Achieve self empowerment.

To find out more contact us

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