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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Just weeks left to apply for Fire Cadets course

20/08/2015

Fire Cadets showcase their skills
Fire Cadets showcase their skills

Young people who would like to become a Fire Cadet in the west of the county are being reminded they have until September 4 to apply.

"The Fire Cadets scheme has proven popular since it was launched in Staffordshire two years ago with many young people having gained some excellent experience as a result. It is a great way for teenagers to spend their time and it encourages them to make new friends, gain confidence and learn life skills that will put them in good stead for a productive and positive future."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on 14-17-year-olds to apply for its pioneering training scheme. The next courses, which run for 39-weeks, will start in September.

Fire Cadets 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 cadets will achieve BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community. Contact Business Support Manager Caroline Firkins on 01785 898513 or email c.firkins@staffordshirefire.gov.uk for more information on how to apply.

The sessions will run in line with the academic year at the following stations:

• Stafford Fire Station – Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
• Rugeley Community Fire Station – Saturday from 10am to12.30pm

Station Manager Alan Snell, who is overseeing the course, said: "The Fire Cadets scheme has proven popular since it was launched in Staffordshire two years ago with many young people having gained some excellent experience as a result. It is a great way for teenagers to spend their time and it encourages them to make new friends, gain confidence and learn life skills that will put them in good stead for a productive and positive future.

"The Fire Cadets also learn firefighting techniques such as hose running, water drills, breathing apparatus and casualty extrication - it is a really hands on course. I would urge young people who would like to get involved in this unique scheme to contact us as soon as possible as time is running out for applications to be submitted."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was the first to launch the national Fire Cadets scheme in 2013.