A fire cadets scheme is being launched in Bedford, based at Kempston Fire Station, in September and recruits are needed.
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are looking for young people aged between 14-17 who want to learn what it’s like to be a firefighter and to help serve their communities.
The new fire cadet groups will meet weekly on Mondays during school term time from 7pm to 9pm at Kempston and this group is open to young people from across both Bedford and Kempston.
Part of a national scheme, fire cadets will learn the basic operational skills of a firefighter, such as using fire hoses and pitching ladders. Every young person will be given their own uniform and have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications and awards including BTEC Level 2 Award in fire and rescue services in the community.
Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said: “Young cadets gain an excellent knowledge of the fire and rescue service as they learn the skills that full-time firefighters need to get their job done. Like firefighters they also have an important role to play giving time to local community initiatives and working on their own skills through local and national challenges and competitions.
“Becoming a fire cadet gives young people a chance to train with working firefighters, providing an exciting and unique insight into what modern firefighting is all about. It is also an opportunity to develop both personal and social skills by promoting self-discipline, team work and citizenship.
“Our cadet groups play an important role in the community with cadets supporting local initiatives, such as delivering advice on home fire safety, water safety, road safety and arson prevention to their own communities while having fun and making new friends.”
If you are aged between 14 and 17 and want to join the fire cadet group in Bedford/Kempston contact Pete Buckingham or Kayleigh Jean via firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01234) 845000.