The first group of young people to successfully complete a pioneering new Fire Cadets course will celebrate their passing out parade on Saturday, August 2.
"Staffordshire was the first fire and rescue service in the country to launch the new Fire Cadets scheme so all eyes have been on the county. I am really proud to say that the initial intake of cadets has far surpassed all expectations in the dedication they have shown to each and every task."
Jess Patten - Development Officer for the Supporting Inclusion Programme
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was the first brigade in the country to run the revamped Fire Cadets programme.
It was launched last September and has seen dozens of young people aged 14-17 learn operational skills such as hose running, water drills, breathing apparatus and casualty extrication.
They have also been taught life skills including healthy living, how to handle money and job application techniques.
Two groups of youngsters will receive certificates for completing the courses during a special ceremony at Sandyford Community Fire Station.
Jess Patten, Development Officer for the Supporting Inclusion Programme, said: "The Fire Cadets have worked extremely hard and they are a shining example to future courses of what can be achieved if you really put your mind to it.
"Staffordshire was the first fire and rescue service in the country to launch the new Fire Cadets scheme so all eyes have been on the county. I am really proud to say that the initial intake of cadets has far surpassed all expectations in the dedication they have shown to each and every task. They have all come a long way and are undoubtedly on the path to a very bright future."
The first group of 29 students from Hanley and Sandyford started the course in September 2013. The sessions were funded by Youth United, Staffs Housing and The Co-operative Membership.
The teenagers worked with Stoke-on-Trent College to achieve BTEC Level Two Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community and NCFE Level One Award in Employability Skills.
Andy Greenhough, Director of Employer Engagement at Stoke-on-Trent College, said: "We are very proud of all our Fire Cadets and what they have achieved to date. Their dedication, selflessness and ambition is second to none.
"We are honoured to work in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to help young people access training and gain life-changing qualifications. We look to the partnership to help more young people from across the area access the cadet scheme moving forwards."
The second group of 13 students from Newcastle started the course in February 2014. They received funding from Youth United and the Local Community Fund.
They have been working with Newcastle-under-Lyme College to achieve BTEC Level Two Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.
The Fire Cadets Scheme provides young people with various skills including teamwork, problem solving and communication, as well as activities which prepare them for adult life by teaching them about healthy living, handling money, job application techniques and community projects.
The programme is designed to reduce antisocial behaviour in the local area by enhancing key citizenship skills in young people through a structured and varied range of fire and rescue Service-led activities.