Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Heroic Southend cadet congratulated for motorcycle accident assistance

Southend Fire Cadet Taylor Endell was on his way to his usual cadet training night last Wednesday (11 May) when he witnessed a motorbike accident.

Instantly, he thought of what he’d learnt on our course just weeks earlier – first aid training. Without hesitating, he raced over to the rider who had been thrown from his bike and began to provide casualty care.

The man was clearly injured and in a state of shock, but Taylor reassured him to keep him calm and stationary, while urging bystanders to call an ambulance.

Only when it arrived did Taylor hand over control of the scene, having executed everything he’d learnt at Fire Cadets perfectly.

Community Development and Safeguarding Manager Donna Finch said:

“We are all incredibly proud of Taylor and how calmly and efficiently he acted in such a difficult situation. He is a fantastic example of how our Fire Cadets programme helps to build the confidence of young people while also teaching them vital skills.

“Taylor is an asset to his local community and a credit to our programme – huge congratulations to him.”

Fire Cadets uses fire service training and discipline to teach teenagers the skills required to become a firefighter and a role model within their community. The course, which lasts up to three years, also gives cadets the opportunity to earn the Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.

If you or someone you know could be interested in joining the Fire Cadets programme, head to to apply.


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