Clacton leads the way with fire cadets
Clacton will host the first Fire Cadets course ever held in Essex.
The innovative course, which has been created by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and is part funded by Tendring Community Safety Partnership, teaches teenagers the skills and disciplines needed to become a firefighter and a role model within their community.
The course is highly accredited with students able to earn BTEC qualifications and Duke of Edinburgh Awards, giving them the opportunity to gain nationally recognised high level qualifications.
Donna Finch, Children and Young People Manager said: “Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has a fantastic reputation as community leaders and role models; the Cadet course will use that reputation to help young people build a solid foundation to start their independent adult lives.
“The course will involve all the skills firefighters use everyday including hose running, ladder pitching, using hoses and breathing apparatus, search and rescue, team building exercises and first aid as well as teaching cadets the importance of teamwork, communication and community engagement.
“At the end of the year the first intake of cadets will have the opportunity to apply for promotion and become instructors assisting in delivering the course to the new intake of recruits.
“This is the first course of its kind and we are all very excited and proud to work in partnership with Tendring District Council and its Community Safety Partnership Team. We look forward to developing a long lasting and fruitful working relationship with them in the coming years.”
Lynda McWilliams, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Community Safety who also chairs the Community Safety Partnership, said she welcomed the new initiative.
“I think it is very exciting for young people in Clacton that the town has been chosen for the first ever Fire Cadet course to be staged in Essex,” she said.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn these new skills and disciplines which will stand them in good stead whatever they do later in life. It will help them to become good citizens and contribute positively in their community.
“We are very keen to raise the aspirations and expectations of our youngsters and this is a great step in the right direction. It has the full backing of both the Council and the Community Safety Partnership.”
The course is set to start at the end of September.