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London Fire Brigade LIFE (Local Intervention Fire Education)

LIFE (Local Intervention Fire Education) offers 11 to 13, and 14 to 17 year olds the opportunity to learn a range of skills while working alongside the Brigade.

The programme is an intensive four or five day course where young people learn the job of a firefighter.

Based in a local fire station, participants take part in a range of activities including casualty rescue techniques and using breathing apparatus equipment.

The programme helps build a young person's confidence and self-esteem while improving their teamwork and discipline and providing positive role models.

The acitivites involved require young people to develop leadership skills and gain an understanding about the consequences of their actions in certain situations.

Participants also gain an AQA accreditation during the programme.

Who to contact

LIFE website

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Age Ranges
11 - 17 years
Referral required
Referral Details

Referral Information:

LIFE is open to young people between the ages of 11 to 13, and 14 to 17 years old.

LIFE (Local Intervention Fire Education) only considers applications submitted by education and other youth provisions.

In addition to this, we require consent from the young person's parents or carers. Family and friends cannot refer applicants.

The course involves a range of activities that teach young people the role of a firefighter such as:

  • Using ladders
  • Breathing apparatus equipment
  • Casualty rescue techniques

Participants also receive education about:

  • Fire safety at home and in the community
  • Living safe and healthly
  • Road safety awareness