Young firefighters’ cash boost

Front, Coun Audrey Laing presents �450 to Lewis Cawfield watch manager with the Peterlee Fire Cadets (first right) with crew manager Mick Cawfield (second right) and CFO Stuart Errington (fourth right) and back row from left; Jonathan Smith assistant district manager for Peterlee; Brandon Smith, Adelle Turner; Keith Wanley area manager, head of operations delivery; Jake Brown and Michael Cawfield, with front row Jake Tye; Nathan Foster, John Daniel and Ellie Pigford.
Front, Coun Audrey Laing presents �450 to Lewis Cawfield watch manager with the Peterlee Fire Cadets (first right) with crew manager Mick Cawfield (second right) and CFO Stuart Errington (fourth right) and back row from left; Jonathan Smith assistant district manager for Peterlee; Brandon Smith, Adelle Turner; Keith Wanley area manager, head of operations delivery; Jake Brown and Michael Cawfield, with front row Jake Tye; Nathan Foster, John Daniel and Ellie Pigford.

A councillor provided a boost to a group of young people.

Members of the Young Firefighters Association were presented with funds to help them buy equipment for their summer camp.

Vice chairwoman of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, Councillor Audrey Laing visited Peterlee Station to present the YFA branch with £450 from the members’ initiative fund.

The funds will be used to buy tables, foldable chairs and a large barbeque.

Councillor Laing said: “Our members are strong supporters of the YFA, so we were keen to help them obtain the camping equipment they need. The activities arranged through the YFA encourage team building, health and well-being and a whole range of skills that young people can use throughout their school years and beyond. We hope they enjoy the rest of their summer.”

Jonathan Smith, assistant district manager for Peterlee, said: “The equipment will not only be used in Peterlee, but by all of our YFA groups across County Durham and Darlington. We are very grateful to Councillor Laing for the help and support.”

The Young Firefighters Association is a uniformed national organisation with branches across the UK including County Durham and Darlington.

There are currently 16 members of Peterlee’s YFA, which has been running for three years.

Weekly training sessions are held for each branch where young people are taught drills and fire safety information. A camp is planned each summer as well as other leisure activities throughout the year.