Applications open for 999 Academy


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Students aged 16-18 can sign up for the scheme which will teach them skills from all four emergency services.

YOUNG people are being urged to sign up for the 999 Academy where they will learn key skills from the emergency service.

The scheme, which is the first of its kind nationally, is open to people aged 16 to 18-years-old, learning elements from police, fire, coastguard and ambulance services.

As part of the one year initiative, 999 Academy students learn skills including first aid, mud and water rescue, collisions and missing person searches.

Inspector Ian Dawson, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for young people to be part of the emergency services and learn a host of skills.

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“Last year, we saw fourteen young people successfully complete the training to become confident young adults.”

The 999 Academy was first set up in 2011 and also teaches students techniques for job interviews, leadership, communication and conflict resolution.

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Kieran Nolan-Jones, a 999 Academy student, said: “What I have learnt I doubt I would have been able to find anywhere else.

“The course has not only met my expectations but has exceeded them.”

Applications are open until September 13 with the course beginning in October.

For more information visit:, email or call 01271 852424.

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