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Fire Cadets

Our free nationally recognised programme is a great way for young people to have fun, make friends, gain a qualification and develop their skills and confidence.

Devon and Somerset Fire Cadets is a uniformed youth programme open to young people between the ages of 13 and 17. The programme runs over a full school year, during term time only. Our Cadets learn important skills such as team building, leadership and communication. As well problem solving and communication alongside enhanced life skills to support personal awareness and development, as well as taking part in social actions within their communities.


• Learn important skills such as team building, leadership and communication
• Learn self-discipline, respect and consideration for yourself and others
• Foster inclusive values

The Cadets meet once a week, avoiding school holidays, for a 2 hour session. They attend one of our Fire Cadet Stations to take part in learning about firefighter activities, which includes both theory and exciting practical sessions. The students are provided with uniform and full personal protective equipment (PPE) for practical drills. Currently the cadet units run at:


• Bovey Tracey
• Frome
• Plymouth
• Tiverton
• Wincanton

Six reasons to join Fire Cadets


First and foremost, because it's really good fun. But there are lots of other reasons too:


1. Learn new things – from hands-on skills like running out hoses and climbing ladders to how to work really well in a team.


2. Become more confident – lots of our Fire Cadets say they feel much more confident and outgoing.


3. Make new friends – firefighters say the fire service is a bit like a family (in a good way!) and our cadets are 100% part of the Service.


4. Get ahead in interviews – whether you want to go to Uni or college or go straight into work, you'll have a unique experience to talk about, and a great reference too.


5. Work towards real qualifications to support your career development in the future:


o BTEC Level 2 Award in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community
o BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community
o BTEC Level 2 Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community


6. Participate in 3 Social Actions each year – previous events have included Fire Station Open Days, Car Wash events, Remembrance events, Exeter Cathedral Christmas service

DSFRS are a member of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) National Fire Cadet Board, which strengthens our resources and complements our participation in national events. Why not come along to:


• Be treated like a young firefighter
• Be provided with a service uniform and name badge as part of our uniformed service
• Attend the weekly two hour session at your local fire station
• Represent Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service at community events
• Learn important skills such as team building, leadership and communication
• Learn self-discipline, respect and consideration for yourself and others
• Foster inclusive values
• Possess a ‘can do’ attitude and always try your very best
• Have the opportunity to be mentored by our operational firefighters and community safety team staff
• Work as part of a team to ensure Devon & Somerset are safer to live in and visit, supporting a stronger wider community.

If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact our Children and Young People Officer at CYP@dsfire.gov.uk


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