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ThankyouThursday: Fire Cadet thanked for dedication

We have 147 young people who volunteer their time with us as Fire Cadets in Clacton, Dovercourt, Harlow, Great Baddow, Orsett and Southend.

In 2019, our Fire Cadets volunteered more than 570 hours to help in their local communities.

The Fire Cadets give up their evenings and weekends and time during school holidays to help make Essex a safer place to live work and travel. They take part in training exercises and help with community projects and local events.

This Volunteers’ Week, we want to thank one Fire Cadet in particular, Louise St Pierre.

Louise has been a Fire Cadet with us since 2017 and is now in her final year of our cadet programme. She is based at Orsett Fire Station and over the years has made herself available to help at open days at fire stations across Essex. She has also helped at events at the Essex Fire Museum to help others learn about the history of our Service.

Louise has also helped to keep people engaged with our Service during the pandemic by making her own emoji quiz for the public to guess the station from the emojis and is a positive advocate on all of our social media channels.

Her cadet instructors have praised her for her great enthusiasm and willingness to help others.

Louise hopes to join us as a firefighter when recruitment opens after her experience as a Fire Cadet has left her wanting to pursue a career with ECFRS.

Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer/ Chief Executive said: “Louise is a fantastic young woman who demonstrates our Service values in her work as a Fire Cadet. We are grateful for her contribution to her local community and valuable time she volunteers with us."

To find out more about our Fire Cadets, visit: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/cadets

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