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999 Academy

999 Academy

The 999 Academy is the first of its kind nationally where emergency services have come together with an education provider to create a joint service academy. Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue, the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Devon and Cornwall Police and Petroc College initially joined forces in 2011 to offer 16-19 year olds across North Devon. The scheme incorporates learning elements from all four services and is open to all young people aged 16 -19 years, regardless of their career ambitions or capabilities. Young people develop skills and confidence that will be of benefit to communities and employers. The Academy aims to provide opportunities that will challenge young people and inspire them to shape their communities to be a safer and healthier environment. In January 2017 the Academy were excited to start a new endeavour with Bridgwater and Taunton College, expanding the programme to also include Avon and Somerset Police.

Admission to the 999 Academy is by way of application and a selection process through the respective college, usually starting the programme in January or September for a period of either 12 or 18 months, dependant on the location of the 999 Academy. The Academies meet in term time, one evening a week, and is usually based at the further education provider’s campus.

Our Vision

To be the leading joint service academy inspiring young people to become valued and respected members of our community.

Mission Statement

To provide knowledge and skills for individuals by raising aspirations, promoting a positive image and using the following core values:

  • Respect
  • Inclusion
  • Education
  • Safety
  • Community

We will also encompass the core values of the originating organisations:

  • Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Petroc College
  • Bridgwater and Taunton College
  • Avon and Somerset Police

The content of the programme covers all emergency services and will include input on subjects such as emergency first aid and the role a paramedic, water, mud and rope rescue, breathing apparatus, road traffic collisions, firefighting, missing persons, anti-social behaviour, conflict resolution, command and control, communication, team building, interview techniques and other lifelong skills.

The Trust's Head of Volunteering and Community Services, Vicki Howard is the lead for this initiative with support from a variety of staff and volunteers. If you are interested in offering voluntary support please contact and they will be able to direct your email to the most appropriate member of our team.

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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: Donate to South Western Ambulance Charity | Give as you Live Donate