TEENAGERS are training with fire crews as part of a newly-launched pioneering scheme to learn vital life skills and gain qualifications.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed the country’s first set of fire cadets as part of a national scheme developed by the Chief Fire Officers’ Association, the Fire Service Youth Training Association and Youth United.
More than 30 young people aged 14 to 17 are learning operational skills such as hose running, water drills, breathing apparatus and casualty extrication as part of the programme.
They will also be taught life skills including healthy living, how to handle money and job application techniques during the 39-week course, which began this week.
The scheme is designed to cut anti-social behaviour and improve the life chances of young people.
Cadets will gain the confidence to become ambassadors within their peer group, passing on the message of fire safety and the consequences of arson and making hoax 999 calls.
Upon successful completion of the training, the cadets will achieve BTEC Level two Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community and an NCFE level one in employability skills.