WANTED: Fire Cadets and Volunteer Instructors.

June 2, 2014

A county-wide recruitment drive for Fire Cadets and Volunteer Instructors has been launched.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on 14-17 year-olds to apply for its pioneering training scheme which last year was the first of its kind nationally.

The next courses, which run for 39-weeks, will start in September and there are 14 places available at each participating fire station.

Fire Cadets is an educational programme and covers a range of topics, including basic firefighting techniques and life skills. It is designed to combat anti-social behaviour in local communities, and promote citizenship among young people.

Upon successful completion of the training, the cadets will achieve BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community. To apply for a place on one of the courses, visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2921.asp before June 30.

Volunteer Instructors must be over the age of 18 and are required to support the running of a Fire Cadet Unit one evening or a Saturday morning every week as well as some weekends during school term time. To apply for a voluntary position, visit www.wmjobs.co.uk before June 20.

The two and a half hour sessions will be held at Tamworth Community Fire Station on Thursday Evenings.

National Fire Cadets Development Officer Jess Patten said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to learn operational skills such as hose running, water drills, breathing apparatus and casualty extrication. They will also be taught life skills including healthy living, how to handle money and job application techniques, all of which will put them in good stead for the future.

“Fire Cadets will also gain the confidence to become ambassadors within their peer group, passing on the message of fire safety and the consequences of arson and making hoax 999 calls. And of course, we couldn’t arm them with the ability to do these things without the help and support of dedicated Volunteer Instructors all of whom proved absolutely vital in the success of our first course last year. I would urge anyone who works well with young people and can dedicate a few hours a week to help them achieve their full potential to apply for the role.”