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 have joined forces in 2011 to offer 16-19 year olds across North Devon a scheme which incorporates learning elements from all four services. The scheme is open to all young people aged 16 -19 years, regardless of their career ambitions or capabilities. Young people will develop skills and confidence that will be of benefit to communities and employers and have a good time too. We aim to provide opportunities that will challenge young people and inspire them to shape their communities to be a safer and healthier environment.
Admission to the 999 Academy is by way of application and a selection process, 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.
In January 2017 we were delighted to begin a new 999 Academy with Bridgwater and Taunton College, expanding the programme to also include Avon and Somerset Police. This cohort completes the programme in June 2018.
Following a grant from the Office For Civil Society the Trust has been able to support the 999 Academy programme to begin conversations to create a total of 12 999 Academies across the South West region. This funding has also enabled national conversations to promote this initiative and help the programme grow across the country.
To be the leading joint service academy inspiring young people to become valued and respected members of our community.
To provide knowledge and skills for individuals by raising aspirations, promoting a positive image and using the following core values:
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
The content of the programme covers all emergency services and will include activities such as water, mud and rope rescue; breathing apparatus, road traffic collision, water & hose; missing persons, anti-social behaviour; first aid, conflict resolution, command and control, communication; team building and interview techniques.
The Trusts Responder Manager, Rob Horton leads on this initiative with support from a variety of staff and volunteers. If you are interested in offering voluntary support please contact Rob.