A life-changing experience.

Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) is an interactive experience for 14–17-year-olds who have faced challenges to learn transferable skills through firefighting activities.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we’ve temporarily suspended the LIFE programme. However, you can still register your interest below and once we return to our normal activities we’ll start allocating young people onto courses again.

What is it?

What is the LIFE programme?

Local Intervention Fire Education (LIFE) is a 4 or 5 day course for 14–17 year olds at a fire station in your area of London.  

What happens on the course?

With the help of our friendly trainers, you will learn the job of a real firefighter through taking part in a range of activities which include using ladders, breathing apparatus equipment, and learning casualty rescue techniques. 

There are some classroom sessions too – you'll learn about social responsibility, and how different behaviours can impact on your community, your families and yourself. At the end of the week, your parents, carers or people who work with you are invited to attend a ceremony to showcase all the new skills you have learned, and you'll get a portfolio and an AQA certificate that shows how much you've learned and achieved.

Why do it?

The LIFE course can help you to:

  • Achieve things you might not know you're capable of.
  • Build your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improve your team work, communication and leadership skills.
  • Get a portfolio of achievement and an AQA accredited certificate – become more employable. 

Is this for me?

Yes, we work with a range of young people with different fitness levels, interests and backgrounds. Our firefighters will coach and support you through all of the activities and show you that anything is possible. You will have the opportunity to make new friendships and work with firefighters. Be open to learn and be taken outside your comfort zone.

See for yourself...

Meet young people who've graduated from the LIFE course

What do young people who've taken part say?

"I like the course because it was fun. I felt like I was out with my mates. The trainers weren't like teachers. They treated me like an equal and not like students."

"An amazing course, it shows you the importance of good behaviour in LIFE, the importance to work in a team, the importance of being grateful and the importance to help the rest even if they don’t thank you. Amazing thanks a lot"

"Thank you for being patient and taking me on a journey. I conquered so many fears and thank you for just being here."

"I want to say a big thank you for letting me be apart of this course. I've learnt so much and I'm taking these experiences with me to my new chapter. I also wanna say a big thank you for believing in me and for not giving up on me either."

"To everyone at the Life course. I just want to say a massive thank you for helping me achieve something that will help me with my future and for helping with everything you have done so thanks. From Telisha." 

Interested in the LIFE programme?

Though our limited LIFE places are available by referral only, you can register interest here.

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