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Service on the look out for new fire cadets

February 4 2019

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is now recruiting for the next course of the Cadets+ Scheme throughout the county.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to learn some invaluable skills and achieve a highly regarded DofE Award. The teenagers always enjoy their time on the project and leave with more confidence than they started with which is a really joy for us to see.

Cadet Co-ordinator, Harry Alcock

The project runs in Tamworth, Rugeley and Hanley and is open to all teenagers between 14 and 18-years-old. The course will begin on April 17and lasts for six months. 

Each area takes 20 Cadets who will meet once a week to learn life skills, fire practice skills, improve fitness and wellbeing, work in a team and with other agencies. The successful Cadets will also achieve their Bronze Duke of Edenborough (DoE) award. 

Cadet Coordinator Harry Alcock said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to learn some invaluable skills and achieve a highly regarded DoE Award. The teenagers always enjoy their time on the project and leave with more confidence than they started with which is a really joy for us to see. 

“Previous Cadets have gone on to study public services courses at Burton College, taken part in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh award with school, or studied at University and then returned as instructors for our new cadets. 

“So if you know a young person who you think would benefit from this experience please get in touch.” 

Samantha Garbett, a Cadet from Tamworth said: “Never did I think I would be able to complete my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award with the fire service as a cadet. Now I’m looking to come back as an instructor and complete my silver award. The course is a fantastic opportunity for all young people and I would strongly encourage them to sign up.” 

Ethan Jackson, a cadet from Burton said: “I’ve always been the kind of person who keeps themselves to themselves and have never been one to push the boat out and work alongside other people by choice. The Cadet+ course has helped me to understand the importance of teamwork.” 

Jack Pepper-Gerrard, from Cannock, said: I completed the Cadet+ Course during 2017 including my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and found it really enjoyable – I looked forward to the sessions every week and often found myself counting down the days at school until I could go to the fire station. 

“We spent a lot of time learning how to manage our finances, how to keep fit and how to live healthily whilst also learning about the fire and rescue service. I really enjoyed the whole course but found the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition the most exciting part as it was the first time I had been camping! Being able to go camping on Cannock Chase with my new friends and the friendly instructors was an incredible experience and I would recommend it to anybody.” 

Maria Khatun, a former cadet from Hanley said: “'My time at cadets has allowed me to gain transferable life skills and helped me to develop and choose my career path as now I'm studying Fire and Rescue at University and hope to go on to develop further. 

“Not only was my time at cadets extremely beneficial, it also changed my life and it was enjoyable to be a part of a team!' 

For more information contact Harry Alcock on 01785 898 701 or email harry.alcock@staffordshirefire.gov.uk 

Anyone interested can also visit https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/young-people/cadetsplus/