STAFFORDSHIRE will this week become the first in the country to pioneer a revamped fire cadets scheme allowing young people to train with fire crews.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will take on 30 teens aged 14 to 17 and teach them operational skills, including hose running, water drills, breathing apparatus and freeing casualties from wreckages.
The cadets will also be taught life skills including healthy living, how to handle money and job application techniques during the 39-week course, starting next week.
If they complete the course successfully the cadets will achieve BTEC Level 2 Certificate in fire and rescue services in the Community and an NCFE Level 1 in Employability skills.
The initiative is being supported by Department for Communities and Local Government, Youth United Foundation, Chief Fire Officers’ Association and Fire Services’ Youth Training Association.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Chris Enness will officially launch the Fire Cadets programme during a special ceremony today.
Jess Patten, development officer for the Supporting Inclusion Programme, said:
“The skills they will learn throughout the year-long course will not only include fire training techniques but will also help to prepare them for adult life with advice on financial planning, CV writing and team working. We are delighted once again to be leading the way in Staffordshire and look forward to providing a robust model for other brigades to follow in the future.”