Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Cadet launch at Dovercourt

The Service’s hugely successful fire cadet scheme has expanded to Dovercourt and now 18 young people will get a taste of what it’s like to be a firefighter while learning valuable life lessons.

The course is the latest of six courses Essex County Fire and Rescue offers to young people aged between 13 and 18 years-old. The 41-week course kicked off on Monday January 4 at Dovercourt Fire Station. Those taking part will learn about team work, confidence building and responsibility.

Fire Cadets also use firefighting equipment, carry out fire drills, learn about road safety and driving advice and teach home fire safety to friends and relatives.

The course has been funded by the Chief Fire Officer’s Association and national charity, Youth United.

Community Builder Les Nicoll has been working hard in the community to help secure a Fire Cadet unit in Dovercourt.

He said: “I’m passionate about Dovercourt and its community, having spent most of my firefighting career here at Dovercourt Fire Station.

“Dovercourt has a close community and I am extremely pleased and proud that Dovercourt has its very own Fire Cadet unit.

“This year’s course has taken 18 young people off the streets to learn life skills and improve both their life and employment opportunities.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped fund and support the course.”

An induction meeting last month for the Fire Cadets and their parents and carers saw over 60 people walk through Dovercourt Fire Station’s doors.

Dovercourt is one of six stations with a Fire Cadet unit – joining Clacton, Harlow, Great Baddow, Southend and Orsett. The innovative cadet courses teach teenagers the skills and disciplines needed to become a firefighter and a role model within their community.

At the end of the course the cadets will receive:

•     Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award with the opportunity to progress to Silver and Gold

•     British Red Cross First Aid Qualification

•     AQA Award

•     Opportunity for promotion – to Lead Cadet Firefighter on the following year’s course

•     Personal Experience and Achievement


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