Fire Cadets have started in East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, with the first unit up and running in Eastbourne and the second just about to launch in Crowborough.
Fire Cadets is open to all young people aged 13 to 17 years and takes place one evening a week during term time. It’s not just for young people who may be interested in working for the Fire Service.
There are many positive, exciting and rewarding aspects to Fire Cadets; it provides transferable life skills, which can increase confidence, teach young people to work as a team and care for each other. This skillset can help with job interviews and applications for further education.
16 year old Natasha said:
“In Fire Cadets I’ve enjoyed being spoken to as an adult. My uniform makes me feel good and I have been welcomed by the leaders. I love doing parade drills and learning about the fire station. Cadets will give me something good to put on my CV and give me life skills. So far I have loved every minute!”
15 year old W.T. said:
“I enjoyed the marshmallow team building game and the parade drill. Cadets is the one thing that brings me joy in my life.”
14 year old Alex said:
“I enjoyed learning the science bit about fire and the parade drills. I enjoyed the trust exercise. So far there is nothing I haven’t liked!”
Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker, who attended the first cadet meeting in Eastbourne said:
“I am really pleased that we have now formally launched Fire Cadets in East Sussex, the culmination of a lot of hard work by colleagues. The scheme, which is now a national one, provides us with a fantastic opportunity to engage with young people, not only to get their perspective on the service we offer, but also to offer a unique opportunity to develop skills and also see behind the scenes and experience the vast range of work our professional firefighters do.”
“I also know they will see, first hand, the benefits of team work and the positive camaraderie and support of our staff and volunteers. I do hope the experience will also encourage some of the young people involved to consider a future career in the Fire and Rescue Service.”
There are limited places at each unit. Once the unit is full any additional candidates can be put on the waiting list. We start our Crowborough Cadets unit on 27 February and have plans to open new units in Hastings and Brighton in due course.
Where: Community Fire Station, Beacon Road, Crowborough
When: Thursdays 7 – 9 pm, from 27 February 2020
Who: Open to all between 13 – 17 years
How much: Free, with uniform also provided.
To find out more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website: www.esfrs.org/your-safety/fire-cadets/