Wiltshire

Down's syndrome young people join firefighters

Young people with Down's syndrome in Swindon are to work with firefighters to help develop their skills.

Seventeen members of the Swindon Down's Syndrome Group aged 17-24 are to spend a week with Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

They will be participating in a basic fire and rescue training course which encourages them to work as a team and builds confidence and self-esteem.

Activities will include firefighting skills, abseiling and ladder climbing.

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service's Mark Evans, who is organising the course, said; "We focus on self-esteem and teamwork, allowing the young people to learn new skills and then work with others to achieve their aims."

He said previous courses have been "incredibly successful" for the young people involved and "really rewarding" for the instructors and helpers.

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