An invitation to budding cadet firefighters

STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is now recruiting for the next course of the Cadets+ Scheme throughout the county.

The project runs in Tamworth, Rugeley and Hanley and is open to all teenagers between 14 and 18-years-old. The course will begin on April 17and lasts for six months. 

Each area takes 20 Cadets who will meet once a week to learn life skills, fire practice skills, improve fitness and wellbeing, work in a team and with other agencies. The successful Cadets will also achieve their Bronze Duke of Edenborough (DoE) award. 

Cadet Coordinator Harry Alcock said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to learn some invaluable skills and achieve a highly regarded DoE Award.

“The teenagers always enjoy their time on the project and leave with more confidence than they started with which is a really joy for us to see. 

“Previous Cadets have gone on to study public services courses at Burton College, taken part in the Silver Duke of Edinburgh award with school, or studied at University and then returned as instructors for our new cadets. 

“So if you know a young person who you think would benefit from this experience please get in touch.” 

Maria Khatun, a former cadet from Hanley said: “’My time at cadets has allowed me to gain transferable life skills and helped me to develop and choose my career path as now I’m studying Fire and Rescue at University and hope to go on to develop further. 

“Not only was my time at cadets extremely beneficial, it also changed my life and it was enjoyable to be a part of a team!”

For more information contact Harry Alcock on 01785 898 701 or email [email protected] 

Anyone interested can also visit https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/young-people/cadetsplus/