Young people who would like to sign up to Staffordshire's pioneering Fire Cadet scheme are being reminded they have until the end of the month to apply.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on 14-17-year-olds to apply for its pioneering training scheme, the first of its kind nationally.
The next courses, which run for 39 weeks, will start in September and there are 14 places available at each participating fire station.
Fire Cadets is an educational programme and covers a range of topics, including basic firefighting techniques and life skills. It is designed to combat antisocial behaviour in local communities, and promote citizenship among young people.
Upon successful completion of the training, the cadets will achieve BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community. To apply for a place on one of the courses, visit before http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2921.asp June 30.
Fire Cadets Development Officer Jess Patten said: "Staffordshire’s Fire Cadets scheme is a pioneering project and last year, we were the first service to launch the new programme. It is a great opportunity for young people to boost their confidence by meeting new friends and learning vital life skills that will put them in good stead for their future.
"The Cadets are also taught firefighting techniques including hose running, water drills, breathing apparatus and casualty extrication. There isn’t long left until the deadline for applications arrives so I would strongly urge anyone who is interested in joining the Fire Cadets to contact us."
The two-and-a-half hour sessions will be held at Stafford Fire Station on Wednesday evenings and Rugeley Fire Station on Saturday mornings.
Volunteer Instructors are also needed to support the running of a Fire Cadet Unit one evening or a Saturday morning every week as well as some weekends during school term time. Applicants must be over the age of 18. To apply for a voluntary position, visit www.wmjobs.co.uk before June 20.