New Swindon Fire Cadets scheme to launch

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking for young people from the Swindon area to join their new Fire Cadets programme.

The aim of Fire Cadets is to support the development of young people by providing a positive role model and giving them opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities.

The Service is keen to recruit young people between the ages of 12 and 18 to take part in this rewarding training scheme, which will not only be fun and enjoyable but will also give the cadets the chance to learn new personal and social skills, and also obtain a BTEC qualification.

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Watch Manager Mark Evans, who will oversee the scheme, said: “The programme, which is linked to the National Fire Cadet model, will be delivered by firefighters and volunteers and will last for 38 weeks within the academic year of 2017/18. Drills will take place one evening a week at a local fire station and will involve practical and theory elements along with community based social action projects.”

The course is designed to be fun, but it also challenges and develops the participants by getting them to:

  • Work co-operatively within a team environment;
  • Gain self-esteem and self-confidence, and improve communication skills;
  • Adopt a new set of personal values;
  • Understand the importance of safety issues and the consequences of anti-social behaviour; and
  • See the advantages of improving their learning and performance.

Benefits to the participants include:

  • Team building skills
  • Portfolio of achievements
  • BTEC accreditation
  • Increased fire and safety awareness
  • Development of practical skills
  • Community awareness
  • Increased levels of fitness

It is expected that the programme will gain a lot on interest and therefore there will be an application and interview process.

If you are interested, please register an expression of interest by email to Watch Manager Mark Evans via [email protected]