Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Cadets

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's Fire Cadet programme is a nationally recognised three year programme run by our Community Development team at six fire stations across Essex.

We current have Fire Cadets teams at: Clacton, Harlow, Great Baddow, Southend, Orsett and Dovercourt.

During the course, which are run on one evening a week, you will learn all about the fire service, what we do, and how we help make Essex safer. You will take part in lots of fire service related activites such as; hose running, ladder pitching, pumping, breathing apparatus search and rescue, team building exercises, first aid and team work.

Another important part of the course is community safety, where you will work our departments, firefighters and partner organisations to help the communities of Essex be safer. This will include community projects and fire station events and open days.

You will also have the opportunity to work towards your Cadet Firefighter Award and a Duke of Ediburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Once you have completed your first year, you will demonstrate everything you have learned at a special "Pass-Out" Parade to your family and friends. Progression into year two and three is made through application and selection within your unit.

We are now recruiting NEW fire cadets. If you are interested, please complete the application form and send it to:

Are you working towards a Duke of Edinburgh award?

Our Duke of Edinburgh Officer Christina Prior has given some short lessons to help you progress. Christina has been working with our Fire Cadets to help them continue their work towards their DofE awards during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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