What is your role as a HIWFRS volunteer?
“I’m a Fire Cadet Instructor so I assist with the Fire Cadets programme. The Fire Cadets programme gives 13-17-year olds the chance to gain essential social, life, work and wellbeing skills. It’s delivered by volunteer firefighters, non-operational fire service staff and adults from the local community.”
What inspired you to volunteer for the fire service?
“As a previous retained firefighter, I wanted the chance to do something I enjoy again and encouraging and supporting cadets seemed like the perfect fit. It’s wonderful to see them developing both personally and in their roles as Fire Cadets where you can see them take pride in their achievements.”
What difference do you feel your time volunteering makes?
“As well as being able to support and encourage the young people, it’s a great way to meet a bunch of like-minded individuals who soon become new friends. It’s also a nice chance to introduce something else to your life outside of paid employment.”
What do you get out of volunteering?
“I get so much out of volunteering. I love being able to support and encourage Fire Cadets to develop their full potential. It’s great to see their teamwork in action and their smiles and enthusiasm when they learn something new and enjoy it.”
What would you say to other people who might be considering applying to become a fire service volunteer?
“I would absolutely say do it! You’ll be amazed at how much you get out of it as well as being able to support the Fire Cadets and the others that run the Fire Cadets programme.”
Are there any particular highlights that stand out during your time volunteering with the fire service?
“The training and support network I’ve received so far has been excellent. The highlight for me though is being able to support the Fire Cadets to develop their full potential.”