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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Apply to be a Fire Cadet in the north of the county

20/08/2015

Fire Cadets extrication demonstration
Fire Cadets extrication demonstration

Young people who would like to become a Fire Cadet in the north of the county are being urged to apply for a place on the next course.

"The Fire Cadets 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."

Station Manager Alan Snell

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on 14-17-year-olds to apply for its pioneering training scheme. The next round of courses, which will run until the end of the next academic year, will start in the autumn.

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 Community Safety Officer John Walton on 01785 898549 or email j.walton@staffordshirefire.gov.uk for more information on how to apply.

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

• Sandyford Community Fire Station - Monday from 5.45pm to 8.30pm
• Hanley Community Fire Station - Tuesday from 5.45pm to 8.30pm
• Longton Community Fire Station Cadets - Thursday from 5.45pm to 8.30pm
• Newcastle Community Fire Station - Saturday from 9.30am to midday

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.