East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service introduced our Fire Cadet Units in Eastbourne and Crowborough during 2020. In 2021, the Crowborough unit moved to Uckfield Fire Station.
Today, we are very pleased to announce that we shall be opening a new unit for the Hastings and Bexhill area with support from the Safer Rother Partnership who have kindly donated funding to assist with new uniforms.
The unit is therefore inviting expressions of interest from any young people between the ages of 13 to 17 years who would be interested in joining our new crew. The sessions will be on Wednesday evenings between 7 – 9pm at Bexhill Fire Station.
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.
I have loved every minute!
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!”
Team work and the positive camaraderie
Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker, who attended the first cadet meeting in Eastbourne said:
“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 very limited places available, but once the unit is full any additional candidates can be put on the waiting list.
Where: Community Fire Station, Beeching Road, Bexhill
When: Wednesdays 7 – 9 pm, from May 2022
Who: Open to all between 13 – 17 years
How much: Free, with uniform also provided.
To find out more information, email email@example.com or check out our website: www.esfrs.org/your-safety/fire-cadets/