A career in the public services takes a calm approach, great leadership skills and the ability to communicate.
Bede Sixth Form student Teejay proved he’s got all that and more when, faced with an unexpected emergency, he stepped up to be the man of the hour.
Spotting an elderly gentleman emerge in distress from his smoke-filled home in Billingham, he, and classmates Owen and Yousif, didn’t think twice about stepping up to assist.
“It was instinct, we just wanted to help,” said the former Outwood Academy Bishopsgarth student from Stockton.
After first checking the man was okay, the 16-year-old ran to the property to check for signs of fire before calling the emergency services.
Having previously struggled with his confidence Teejay, who has autism spectrum disorder, a visual impairment and an education health care plan, said: “I couldn’t have done this six months ago.”
He puts his instinctive actions down to the lessons learnt on the Public Services course, developing knowledge and skills in how to respond to any situation. As he said: “It was having the discipline and knowing you have to adapt to overcome.”
The trio discovered the smoke had been caused by a tea towel set alight on the hob which had been extinguished.
With Teejay demonstrating skills in leadership, discipline and teamwork, through his actions, course leader Garreth Evans said: “When we heard what he had done of course we felt worried as Teejay is a member of our Public Services family here at Bede, but also proud that he felt able to deal with the situation and made the professional decision to call the fire services.”
He explained: “When Teejay joined us he lacked confidence and could be withdrawn but in the last six or seven months we have seen him get to this point where he felt able to step up and help and be a bit of a Superman.”
Teejay’s mum, Kay, said: “I am very proud of him and what he has done. He has used his head and been a hero.”
With ambitions to join the fire service himself, Teejay said: “I’ve learnt a lot on the course. It has also improved my cardiovascular health and strength and that all helps.”