Lancashire Fire Cadets is aimed at 13-18 years olds …
WHAT DOES BEING A FIRE CADET MEAN?
As a fire cadet, you will be treated as a young firefighter. You will be provided with a full uniform and name badge and will represent Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service at various events, including community safety events, open days etc.
We expect our cadets to:
- Attend the weekly two hour session at your local fire station
- Have a real passion and genuine interest in learning about the Fire and Rescue Service
- Have a desire to work as part of a team to build a safer and stronger Lancashire and wider community
- Show a certain amount of discipline and commitment, just like a firefighter
- Possess a ‘can do’ attitude and always try your very best
- Respect the views of others and foster inclusive values
WHAT DOES THE QUALIFICATION INVOLVE?
Although there are many fun and hands-on operational elements involved in being a fire cadet, every young person in the unit will also complete a Level 2 qualification in ‘Fire and Rescue Services in the Community’. During your first year as a cadet, you will complete an award and in the second year, you build on your skills in order to gain a full certificate. The qualification includes learning about:
- Functions and responsibilities of the Fire and Rescue Service
- Problem solving and communication skills
- Community projects
- The science of fire
- Water safety and rescue techniques
- Exercise ground scenarios
- Community safety
Once the first and second years have been completed the option for cadets to stay on for a third year is available. This allows further development of their leadership skills and they can take on the roles of Cadet Crew Manager and Cadet Watch Manager whilst supporting their unit in positions of greater responsibility.
The scheme operates from several fire stations throughout Lancashire, but the nearest venue to Colne is Burnley Fire Station (Belvedere Road, Burnley, BB103AA) and it runs every Wednesday between 6.15pm and 8.15pm.
Applications for the fire cadets usually opens in May, however anyone expressing an interest is encouraged to get in touch with their local fire cadet unit at the fire station. The process involves completing a fire cadet application form, demonstrating why you feel you would make a good cadet.
The programme is very popular and fills up quickly – so an early application is advised to avoid disappointment. If all places are full at your preferred station, please contact your local station to get your name added to the waiting list.
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