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Air cadets mark anniversary with fire service visit

08/04/2016

Red watch Mark Chaplin, Ken Laver, Paul Johnson , Kevin Peacock and Mike Griffin

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of Air Cadets and the Tamworth squadron celebrated the occasion with a visit to Tamworth Community Fire Station on April 7.

“This is a great opportunity for the cadets to get an insight into the Fire Service and for them to realise that we aren’t just about responding to emergencies. They’ll be able to learn about all of the risk reduction work we do within the community”.

Community Safety Officer, Chris Jenkins

The cadets toured the fire station and appliances and learned about breathing apparatus and other firefighting equipment at the station in Marlborough Way, Belgrave, Tamworth.

Tamworth squadron brought with them the Staffordshire Wing Air Training Corps (ATC) 75th Anniversary Torch which will be handed over to Lichfield Air Cadets on April 9.

The ATC was established in 1941 and to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Corps, the torch is being passed around the Staffordshire and Black Country ATC squadrons. Each squadron will keep the torch for one week, to use at events, before passing it on to the next squadron.

Community Safety Officer, Chris Jenkins said: “This is a great opportunity for the cadets to get an insight into the Fire Service and for them to realise that we aren’t just about responding to emergencies. They’ll be able to learn about all of the risk reduction work we do within the community”.

Sgt (ATC), Sgn Adjutant, Jon Thursfield said: “Celebrating 75 years is a significant landmark for any organisation. We have loved having the torch in Tamworth and the cadets have shown real enthusiasm showcasing the organisation and themselves around the area, engaging with other groups, organisations and individuals during the time the torch had been with us. We will be sad to pass the torch on, but it continues its journey around the Staffordshire wing area, advertising the great work the organisation does, giving young people magnificent opportunities and life skills.”

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