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Staffordshire Fire Cadets

THERE is still time to sign-up to this summer’s Cadets+ Scheme with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The course, based at Tamworth Community Fire Station and Rugeley Community Fire Station, starts on Saturday August 26 but the Service will be accepting applications until the end of the month.

Anyone interested in joining  can get a taste of what the programme is all about at two open days in Rugeley on Saturday August 19, from 10am until 1pm, and Tamworth on Thursday August 24 from 10am until 1pm.

The course gives people between the ages of 14 and 17 the chance to get an insight into the Service, learn new skills and develop existing talent in preparation for life and work. The cadets also have the opportunity to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award.

Partner and Engagement Co-ordinator, Mark Downes said: “The Cadets+ scheme gives young people the chance to achieve great things, meet new people and improve the skills they will need to succeed in life.

“Anyone is welcome to pop along to the open days to meet the instructors and partners. We would love to see as many young people as possible at the fire stations to show them what this programme is all about.”

To apply for the Cadets+ Scheme email [email protected], or call Mark Downes on 01785 898 744 for more information.

What is Cadets+?

In 2016, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service piloted the Cadets+ scheme which gives children and young people the opportunity to achieve their full potential and attain the Duke of Edinburgh (D of E), Bronze Award.

Teaming up with D of E has enabled Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to offer their Cadets an internationally recognised award which is acknowledged by employers and universities as a mark of real personal development and achievement.

Through a structured and varied range of fire and rescue-led activities, Cadets will gain the confidence to interact with their community and become local ambassadors, teaching people the importance of fire safety and fire prevention.

Cadets+ provides young people with various skills throughout, including teamwork, problem solving and communication. As well as activities which prepare young people for adult life by teaching them to enjoy good physical and mental health and live a healthy lifestyle.

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  • The Cadet+, D of E Bronze programme can be started at 14years old up to 18 years old
  • A Bronze D of E programme has 4 sections, Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition.  A minimum of 3 months activity must be completed for each of the sections, Volunteering, Physical and Skills. The Expedition section involves Cadets planning, training for and taking part in a two day (one night) expedition.
  • An extra three months must be spent on one of the three sections: Volunteering, Physical or Skills. The content of the Cadet + programme is such that it will allow each Cadet to reach an adequate level within each section to complete the expectations of the Bronze Award.
  • The course will be delivered on a weekly basis fulfilling a 26 week programme. It will usually take at least 6 months to complete the Bronze programme.


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