Fire Cadets from Stafford and Newcastle carried out a dramatic extrication demonstration using specialist equipment funded by a dozen county councillors.
"Extrication is one of many competences that the young people learn about during the course and the generosity of the 12 county councillors who have donated money through the Local Community Fund will go a long way to helping them gain experience."
Fire Cadets Lead Instructor Jess Patten
Eight young people, aged 14-17, used the bespoke youth equipment, including two ST15 misting branches, developed in Staffordshire, and specialist cutting equipment during a simulation of the aftermath of a road traffic collision.
The tools will be put on the Fire Cadets’ appliances, based at Stafford and Hanley. Twelve Staffordshire County Councillors donated more than £12,000 in total to pay for the equipment through their Local Community Fund allocations.
The event took place at Stafford Fire Station, Hydrant Way yesterday. Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford attended along with the county councillors.
Fire Cadets Lead Instructor Jess Patten, who organised the demonstration, said: "The Fire Cadets’ demonstration is extremely impressive to watch and will see them put the skills they have learnt so far during the course into practice.
"Operational firefighters are often called upon to use their expertise in this field to release casualties from vehicles following a collision, and the ability to carry out extrications can have life-saving consequences for those involved. It is one of many competences that the young people learn about during the course and the generosity of the 12 county councillors who have donated money through the Local Community Fund will go a long way to helping them gain experience. As a Service, we would like to thank them very much for funding the equipment."
The Fire Cadets’ course runs for 39-weeks, in line with the academic year. It is an educational programme and covers a range of topics, including basic firefighting techniques and life skills. It is designed to combat anti-social behaviour in local communities, and promote citizenship among young people.
Upon successful completion of the training, the Fire Cadets will achieve BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was the first brigade in the country to run the revamped Fire Cadets programme, which it launched in 2013.