Become a Fire Cadet with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire Cadets

An educational programme for young people aged 14 to 18 years

Could you be a Fire Cadet?

  • Fire Cadets is open to young people of all abilities, from the age of 14 to 18 years  
  • it lasts for a minimum of one year, and you would usually attend one evening a week, for two hours  
  • in Hampshire, our Fire Cadets programme is available at Ringwood and Gosport Fire Stations

What you get from attending the Fire Cadets programme

Fire Cadets provides you with various skills, including:

  • teamwork 
  • problem solving and communication 
  • activities that prepare you for adult life by teaching you about healthy living, handling money, job application techniques and community projects  
  • you may also get an opportunity to stay on with a cadet unit and become a Junior Instructor, with the further opportunity to become a Volunteer Cadet Instructor after the age of 18 years old 

Interested in becoming a Fire Cadet?

If you are interested in becoming a Fire Cadet, or would like to refer a young person, then please contact us:

Become a volunteer Fire Cadet Instructor

Our Fire Cadets programme is delivered by a team of specially recruited Fire Cadet Instructors.   

Whilst many of our Instructors are Firefighters, a large number are from many different backgrounds. These include: 

  • ex-Service men and women 
  • outdoor expedition leaders 
  • teachers 
  • bus drivers 
  • shop assistants 
  • radio presenters … the list is endless!    

Anyone can become a Fire Cadet Instructor providing they have the right motivation and passion to work with and develop young people.  

If you are interested in becoming a Fire Cadet Instructor with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, please get in touch.

About the National Fire Cadets Scheme

  • Fire Cadets is an educational programme open to young people aged 14 to 18 years old  
  • it supports young people to make a positive contribution to society
  • it is a nationally recognised programme enabling young people to benefit their community
  • it provides an opportunity to learn about, engage with and experience the fire and rescue service  
  • it enables young people to gain skills, knowledge and positive experiences in a fun, safe and secure environment  
  • it supports young people to develop life skills, increase confidence and raise self-esteem  
  • it inspires young people to make positive life choices for their future