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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Service Seeks Volunteers

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are looking for volunteers who can help make a difference in Stoke-on-Trent through training Fire Cadets.

Fire Cadets is a nationally-backed scheme that is being piloted in a number of areas in the country, including Stoke-on-Trent. 


Jessica Patten, Development Officer, said: “Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructors will work alongside Operational Firefighters to raise awareness of fire safety issues, promote self-discipline, foster community spirit and help young people with their personal development.


“The work can be immensely rewarding and through supporting our cadets, instructors are able to enhance their own professional skills. They also receive on the job training, as well as gaining nationally recognised skills and qualifications in safeguarding, behaviour management, first aid, and drill yard supervision.


“Instructors need to have the ability to lead, motivate and empathise with young people, be confident and outgoing and be good at co-ordinating tasks.”


Volunteer Instructors must be over the age of 18 and are required to support the running of a Fire Cadet Unit one evening a week and some weekends during school term time.


Fire Cadets is an educational programme open to teenagers aged between 14 and 17 and covers a range of topics, including basic firefighting skills and life skills. It is designed to combat anti-social behaviour in local communities, and promote citizenship among young people.


Cadets attend the programme for two hours on one evening a week. The first courses start in September 2013 and will be held at Sandyford Community Fire Station on a Monday evening and Hanley Community Fire Station on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


Anyone interested in applying to become a Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructor should complete the application form at and look for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service under Employer.  The closing date for applications is May 3.