Tuesday, March 30, 2010


After a gruelling day, it was great this evening to get along to Darlington Fire Station for the culmination of the latest Firebreak scheme.

Regular readers will know that I'm a Board member of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, and I try and support their events whenever I can. This evening, 11 young people who had completed the demanding Firebreak scheme gave a disciplined, professional display to their proud families, and then were awarded certficates by a senior fire officer.

Firebreak has been running in our area since 2000. It targets young people who are perhaps disaffected or on the verge of getting into serious bother - in this case from Hummerknott School and St Aidans Academy. The young people, if they choose to come onto the scheme (and there is no compulsion) then complete a 13-week course on disciplines which include team building, fire prevention, first aid, and practicaly tackling fire. Anyone watching their flawless display this evening in the yard, confidently using the kit and tools of fire fighters, could be in no doubt about how much they had gained from the course.

At the end of the course, they also received a portfolio record of the courses they had completed - valuable achievements they could show to potential employers in the future for example. The Firebreak scheme is a great example of how the fire service now isn't simply reactive - responding to fire callouts - but proactive, and playing an important community role. Both the young people passing out, and their trainers, should feel very proud this evening.


Paul Cain said...


You've gone quiet again - a little odd given that the election has been called.

Either you're out campaigning or you've been told to stop position.,

When are you going to start an open thread so that those of us who read and post here can have ongoing arguments/discussions when you take one of your periodical sabbaticals?

Anyway: Labour launched its manifesto this morning.

Surely you have something to say about this?

I recall Gordon Brown using taxpayers' money to go to court three years ago to argue that Labour should not have to deliver on its manifesto pledges.
Voters couldn't reasonably expect Labour to deliver what it said it would deliver, Brown claimed.

Well, go to the foot of our stairs! Labour, breaking promises. Never! Surely?

Although this post by (admittedly Tory) blogger Iain Dale (www.iaindale.blogspot.com) does seem to lend credibility to the claim that you just cannot trust the Labour Party.

So, what do you think Councillor? Is there any point in Gordon brown launching the Labour manifesto this morning when he, by his own admission, has absolutely no intention of delivering on it?

Darlington Councillor said...

As I think I've said before, Paul, I can't leave an open thread on blogger. I'm happy for this to be an unmoderated blog, but at the end of the day, this is my personal site, and so in any case I would be reluctant to allow anyone to post main articles without clearing them with me first.

Anyone who feels miffed that I disappear once in a while (usually owing to work/council/ward pressures) can always start up their own blogs, of course - I would be happy to promote them via the links on the right-hand side.

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