LIFE course

The LIFE course is designed to engage with young people (age 8-25) during the school holidays, with the aim of offering positive activities to direct people away from anti-social behaviour. 

This course can be adapted depending on the needs and ages of the client, from a one day taster day, to a one week course. Participants on each course will be of a similar age. The course is run during school holiday periods, in a number of fire service premises.

Course Activities

Depending on the duration of the course, activities may include:

  • Practical Fire Service Activities (Hose Drills/Youth Breathing Apparatus/Hydrant Drills/Foam Making Equipment/Search & Rescue Techniques)
  • Teambuilding, Energiser & Communication Tasks
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Community Safety Awareness (Safety in the Home/Fire Escape Plans/Arson/Bonfire & Fireworks Safety/ASB)
  • First Aid, Health Awareness
  • Child Exploitation/Healthy Relationships
  • Road Safety/Water Safety
  • End of Course Certificate Presentation


  • Provide safe, fun, enriching and unique experiences
  • Giving students the opportunity to take part in a learning experience outside of the school or peer group environment
  • Create a therapeutic environment, with trauma informed practices to promote engagement
  • The course is delivered with the aim of encouraging self-development of the students by instilling fundamental Fire Service principles of self-discipline, leadership and teamwork
  • To develop healthy relationships & growth mindset
  • Improve personal, social & educational development


  • To engage with young people and give them something positive to do during school holidays
  • Positive engagement with a uniformed service
  • Gain certification

Course Details

  • The course can be facilitated at a number of fire stations, subject to availability and suitability
  • The course starts at 10am and concludes at 2.30pm. Transport will be provided to pick up/drop off students from school. A packed lunch will be provided
  • There is a maximum of 12 students per course, with a ratio of 2 instructors
  • LIFE Courses are only available subject to securing external funding and staff availability during school holidays

Contact Details

Youth Engagement Team
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
Service Headquarters
L30 4YD