Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been granted the Inspire mark for work carried out across all its Prevention and Education functions.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It offers a broad participation programme spanning sport, education, sustainability, volunteering, business opportunities and culture.

Every year Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service delivers a number of diversionary activities all aimed at educating young people and therefore preventing fires.

The London 2012 Games is considered by the service to be an opportunity to consider the way in which these activities are delivered during the year. Each activity and event run between October 2011 and the end of September 2012 will integrate an element of the Games. It is hoped that the link to the 2012 Games will inspire participation and also provide a different and exciting element to the programme.

The Prince's Trust teams in Newcastle and Sunderland; Young Firefighters Association; Phoenix Project; Schools Education Programme and Juvenile Firesetters Education Programme will all be involved in events that embody the Olympic and Paralympic values.

Group Manager Dave Jefferson said: "We aim to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect and the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration and equality in all our youth services. The programme will focus on the importance of these values, not just for sport but in everyday life. Everyone taking part in activities will be expected to demonstrate these values throughout the programme.

"We will include grass roots sports and physical activity in our services for the first time, particularly in the Young Firefighters Association and Prince's Trust Team Programme. To encourage teamwork and the value of equality, Paralympic sports will also be introduced. By taking part in these sports it is hoped that the young people will understand the importance of teamwork, friendship and respecting others."

Seb Coe, Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: "Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging young people in the area to fulfil their potential. I am proud that, with the help of partners such as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in sport."


Posted March 22nd, 2012 at 0855 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com