Fire scheme plan unveiled

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DAVENTRY Town Council has said it will consider backing any future schemes to help engage the town’s youngsters with the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

The town’s Young Firefighter scheme was brought to an end last week but the council was approached by Daventry teenager Jamie Wykes, who asked the mayor Glenda Simmonds to help save the scheme.

But a finance and policy committee meeting on Monday heard the Young Firefighters will no longer continue.

Darren Dovey, head of service delivery at NFRS, told councillors: “We are not cutting costs in this area but looking at alternative ways to run the youth engagement work.

“We will continue with both the ARC (Actions Reactions Consequences) and YES (Youth Engagement Scheme) schemes, and if the council wants to help fund those then we can look at setting something up in Daventry.”

The ARC course costs £3,000 and the YES course costs £2,000, where as the Young Firefighters scheme was costing £12,000 per year to run.

Town councillors said they would consider helping the projects if they are approached by the fire service.