County Firefighters have been ‘blown away’ by talents of a Pool Academy student

Cornwall Firefighters have been ‘blown away’ after a Pool Academy student took part in their fitness tests.

Ryan Mills, from year 10, has been called a ‘fantastic young lad’ after impressing at the Have A Go day, at Tolvaddon Fire Service Headquarters, recently.

The youngster signed himself up to take part in physical sessions which included tasters of national tests the fire service use when recruiting adult firefighters.

This included lifting ladders, climbing up ladders, putting on masks, completing breathing apparatus routes as well as running dressed in full firefighter equipment.

Kathryn Billing, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service Group Manager Human Resources and Training, said Ryan was a credit to his school.

She said: “As part of our recruitment process we run Have A Go days.

“Ryan came along and he absolutely blew us away.

“He enrolled himself, took his own initiative and filled out all the paperwork.

 “He blew us away with the tests. The instructors, who facilitated the tests, are firefighters with
10 to 25 years’ experience and they all said what an absolutely, unbelievable young lad he was.”

Kathryn said it was a shame they couldn’t recruit him yet.

“We had no idea how old he was,” she said. “He conducted himself in such a professional and mature way.

“We wish we could do more to support his development.”

Ryan said: “Someone sent me a message to tell me the day was happening and I thought ‘why not give it a go?’. 

“It was a good day. 

“Firefighting is something I am thinking of doing when I'm older. I'd like to be involved with the emergency services.”

Ryan says he knows a few people who are firefighters. He enjoys taking part in a number of sports to keep himself fit.

Kathryn said: “We wanted to let Pool Academy know what a fantastic young man he was and what an impact he made on us.

“What a credit he is to himself and a credit to Pool Academy.”

Phil Jones