999 Academy

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The 999 Academy is a unique programme of collaboration between the police, fire & rescue and ambulance services, together with an education provider.

The 999 Academy is a youth development programme for 16-19yr olds. It is open to all young people aged 16-19 years, regardless of their career ambitions or capabilities. During the course, students develop skills and confidence that will be of benefit to communities and employers and helps them make career choices in the future. This course inspires students to create safer communities by engaging in social action projects, understanding the work of the Emergency Services and learning life and lifesaving skills.

It is the only youth programme for this age group in the UK, which has all three emergency services working together in this way.

The course is an extra-curricular activity, run over 18 months, and is delivered by volunteers from the emergency services and college, with sessions taking place Wednesday evenings during term time between 1830 and 2100hrs.

The syllabus is varied; students are taught basic life support and emergency first aid, conflict resolution, diversity, CV building, cooking (!), fire extinguisher training, personal banking, and much more.

999 Academy students learn about Road Casualty Reduction, Safeguarding, Internet Safety and keep abreast of current social issues of the day. During the course, students are given the opportunity to assist in the local delivery of crime prevention, road safety, and wellness campaigns, engage in local social action projects, and are trained in peer to peer mentoring.

As one student said, “I am put outside my comfort zone every time I come to an Academy session…it’s great!”

Find out more about 999 Academy at www.999academy.co.uk.

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Due to the pandemic, recruitment for the 999 Academy is temporarily on hold. Once recruitment opens again, there will be a formal announcement. Watch this space...!

Additional information

To be the leading joint service academy inspiring young people to become valued and respected members of our community.

To provide knowledge and skills for individuals by raising aspirations, promoting a positive image and using the following core values:

  • Respect
  • Inclusion
  • Education
  • Safety
  • Community

We will also encompass the core values of all organisations:

  • Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Petroc

For more information, please contact us by email at CLIFacultysupport@petroc.ac.uk or call us on 01271 852427.