A group of young people from a Down Syndrome and their siblings have taken part a special Firebreak course at Maldon Fire Station.

Down Syndrome Extra 21, a charity from Stondon Road, Ongar, completed the four-day course funded by the Worshipful Company of Firefighters.

Working alongside specially trained firefighter mentors, the students aged between 13-24 years old, competed several tasks and fire safety.

The fire service and the charity have closely worked together on several projects and events over the last decade

Firebreak course instructor, Terry Williams, said: “We have all had a great week with the students and it has been extremely rewarding for everyone involved.

“At the start of the week, the students are all quite nervous and unsure about their abilities, but throughout the four days with us we see them grow in confidence.

“It’s great to see everyone join in, work so hard and then take so much away from the course.”

Challenges the Extra 21 students tackled included using the powerful hoses and climbing ladders whilst learning a variety of life skills.

The Firebreak programme aims to develop people communication, self-confidence, discipline and independent living.

At the end of the course the students then showcased what they had learnt to their proud parents, guardians, friends and family.