Adult volunteers needed for fire cadet groups in Cheshire

Fire cadet leaders taking part in an exerciseCheshire Fire and Rescue Service is on the lookout for more adult volunteers to join its cadet scheme.

At fire stations across the county, youngsters aged between 12 and 17 are taught many of the skills of a firefighter and gain nationally recognised qualifications and awards while having fun and making new friends.

The cadets receive training at their nearest fire station once a week and also have the chance to enjoy activities and social trips during weekends and school holidays.

More adult volunteers are needed to help run Cheshire’s fire cadet groups – particularly the ones based at Warrington, Runcorn, Congleton and Tarporley fire stations – with all the required training being provided.

Vicky Wrest, Youth Development Manager at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our fire cadet groups provide youngsters with an exciting and unique opportunity to develop both personal and social skills by promoting self-discipline, teamwork and citizenship.

“As well as learning the basic skills of a firefighter, they get the chance to gain Duke of Edinburgh awards and to enjoy things like outdoor activities, camps and social trips.

“Many of our cadet groups play an important role in their community, supporting local initiatives.

“The older Cheshire fire cadets can also apply to go to Nepal with cadet leaders to help build schools in rural communities and enable the children living there to have an education.

“These opportunities would not be possible without the support of adult volunteers.

"We are looking for new adult volunteers from all walks of life, particularly for the fire cadet groups based at Warrington, Runcorn, Congleton and Tarporley fire stations.

“There’s no set profile and, with training provided, there’s no need to have any firefighting experience or a fire and rescue service background.

“All you need is to be over the age of 18 and have a drive and commitment to help young people thrive in your local community.”

Adult volunteer roles at fire cadet groups gives people the opportunity to:

  • Help support, inspire and influence young people

  • Develop new skills and leadership qualities

  • Gain qualifications

  • Be part of one the country’s leading fire and rescue services

  • Meet like-minded people, be part of a friendly team and have fun.

Vicky added: “If you have a few hours a week to spare to help with the running of your local cadet group please call our Youth Engagement Team on 01606 868654 or email vicky.wrest@cheshirefire.gov.uk.

“Alternatively you can download an application pack from Volunteer Cadet Leaders.

“You will be needed when your local group meets one night a week, as well as on some weekends during school term time.

“There are different roles available and any assistance volunteers can give will be greatly appreciated.”

All fire cadet group adult volunteers have to complete a DBS check.

The nights that the fire cadet groups most in need of adult volunteers meet are:

  • Warrington: Monday

  • Tarporley: Tuesday

  • Runcorn and Congleton: Wednesday

Last updated: Thursday 03 October 2019

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