Inspiring safer communities
“If it wasn’t for the 999 Academy, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Thank you!” Ben, 999 Academy Graduate 2014, Course Support Leader 2015-2018find out more
Looking after our community and each other
“I learnt how to tackle different situations from different approaches... the 999 Academy made me a better person.” Sam, 999 Academy Graduate 2014find out more
The 999 Academy is a youth development programme and is open to all young people aged 16 -19 years, regardless of their career ambitions or capabilities. During the course, students develop skills and confidence that will be of benefit to communities and employers and helps them make career choices in the future. This course inspires students to create safer communities by engaging in social action projects, understanding the work of the Emergency Services and learning lifesaving skills.
The 999 Academy was established in 2011 in Barnstaple, North Devon, by local staff within Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS), South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), Devon & Cornwall Police (DCP), HM Coastguard and Petroc College of Further & Higher Education.
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 and promoting a positive image and using the following core values:
The course is an extra-curricular activity delivered by volunteers from the emergency services and college, with sessions typically taking place during term time for 2 ½ hours each week.
The 999 Academy programme has a challenging and exciting syllabus that incorporates learning elements from all the emergency services. In addition to theory based classroom sessions, students put some of their theory into practice, culminating in a scenario day at the end of the course incorporating all aspects of what they have learnt.
Activities include a residential trip which is generally a 2/3 night stay over at an activity centre, the location of which places the students within reach of HQ centres of the emergency services, allowing educational visits to take place.
Between visits, students take part in activities such orienteering, missing person searches, casualty evacuation and basic life support.
A social action programme where 999 Academy students perform at least 30 hours of community engagement within the local area.
A practical Road Traffic Collision scenario where students take the part of operational staff and demonstrate skills and abilities to deal with a staged collision between two cars.
News and Events
News: 23 Feb 2020
For the first time two 999 Academy programmes joined together to deliver the residential experience for students and leaders. The residential is […]
News: 30 Oct 2019
The 5th 999 Academy Petroc Course at Barnstaple commences January 2020 and concludes June 2021 Recruitment is open and the […]
News: 15 Sep 2019
We’ll be at this years Emergency Services Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Please do come and find out what we’ve […]
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What people say about us
Ken Wenman, Chief Executive, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Sue Mountstevens, Policing & Crime Commissioner, Avon & Somerset Police
Peter Bond, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service