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Fire Cadets is a programme open to young people between the ages of 12 to 16. Every week up to 14 Cadets attend their local Fire Station for 2 hours to take part in firefighter activities. The programme runs over a full school year and within this time, the Cadets are also expected and encouraged to take part in social actions within their communities.

Within Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS) there are currently 6 stations involved in the initiative. Cadets are being run in Exmouth, Frome, Ilfracombe, Plymouth, Tiverton and Wincanton and follow a national model affiliated with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and DSFRS sit on the National Fire Cadet Board. The students are given uniforms to wear and full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided to enable them to take part in activities which leads to an Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network (ASDAN) (UK) qualification.

Instructors are recruited from stations through the Safer Recruiting process and these personnel then run the courses according to the syllabus recommended by national guidance and DSFRS procedures.

The young people come from different backgrounds and work together as a team, building confidence and developing into positive role models. Currently funding has been through NFCC enabling numerous units to be set up across the organisation.

If you would like any further information on Cadets, please contact Crew Manager Josh Caunter phoenix@dsfire.gov.uk


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