Cadets commemorate firefighters at city memorial

Bedfordshire Fire Cadets at Firefighter Memorial in London.
Bedfordshire Fire Cadets at Firefighter Memorial in London.

Young Fire Cadets from Bedfordshire attended the Firefighters International Service of Remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral to commemorate firefighters who have lost their lives.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller and chairman of the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr David McVicar, also attended together with cadet trainers, on Sunday, September 13.

Led by Sir Peter Holland, Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for UK Government, firefighters and Fire Cadets from around the country attended the ceremony to remember their fallen colleagues both from the UK and International Fire Services.

The ceremony took place at the National Firefighters Memorial near St Paul’s Cathedral.

Pete Buckingham, Community Safety Team Manager, said: “We were all very proud and humble attending this ceremony and remembering those who have given their lives in their service of their communities from across the country and around the world. The Fire Cadets got a lot from the experience of representing their Service and their county and had the opportunity to meet other cadets from other parts of the country.”

Jess Patten, Fire Service Youth Training Association secretary, praised the Bedfordshire Cadets and added: “The cadets who attended this year were an absolute credit to themselves, you and their services. Everyone got stuck in and were willing to take direction from any of the Instructors, regardless of whether they were from their own service or not. You should be extremely proud of them, and I hope you will be able to join us again next year.”