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Fire Cadets

Our Cadet programme is a nationally recognised three-year programme run by our Prevention team at six fire stations across Essex. We currently have 18 Fire Cadets Units at Clacton, Dovercourt, Great Baddow, Harlow, Orsett and Southend.

Applications are closed for this academic year but we are welcoming applications for next year.

What will Fire Cadets learn?

Our Fire Cadets course runs one evening a week for a total of 40 weeks. Cadets will learn all about the fire service, what we do, and how we help make Essex safer. Fire Cadets will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of operational fire service activities aligned to the National Fire Cadet Award. These include hose running, ladder pitching, pumping, breathing apparatus, search and rescue, first aid, control room procedures, science of fire and much more.

As part of the course, Cadets will also work with our Prevention Department, firefighters and partner organisations to help the communities of Essex become safer. This will include some community engagement, home fire safety activities, fire station events and open days.

Fire Cadets will also have the opportunity to work towards their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

Once the Cadets have completed their first year, they will demonstrate everything they have learned to their families and friends at a special "Passing-Out" Parade. Progression into year two and three is made through application and selection within your unit.

A fire cadet secures a helmet on a fellow fire cadet
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If you've read the information on this page and you're interested in becoming a Fire Cadet, we'd love to hear from you.

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