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Fire Cadet Stories

Meet some of our Fire Cadets and hear their stories 

Fire Cadet Emily

Meet Emily - Cadet Watch Manager 

Why did you join Fire Cadets?

My brother used to go and I felt I was missing out so I gave it a go and loved it.

What were you doing in your spare time before you joined?

I did used to have dance lessons, but I gave this up and was looking for something else to do.

What do you do at Fire Cadets?

Lots and lots, ladder drills, hose reel and breathing apparatus drills. Some of the equipment is just for us because it needs to be slightly smaller but where possible we use the real station equipment. It’s exciting to be using the stations fire engine in training then hear the bells go down and the crew take the fire engine out we were just practicing with.

What do you enjoy most?

I love the atmosphere within the unit and being part of the station community.

What skills have you learnt?

I’ve learnt how to work as a team and the value of working professionally under pressure.

What is your Fire Cadets highlight so far?

I was the only cadet from Hampshire selected to attend Buckingham Palace in May 2018 for Prince Charles 70th Birthday to represent Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

How have the volunteer instructors helped develop you as a cadet?

They’ve passed on their skills and training to teach me and help me develop my skills. I’m very grateful they give up their free time to support me. 

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Meet Luke

Why did you join Fire Cadets?

I came along for a trial evening, really enjoyed it and have come every week since.

What were you doing in your spare time before you joined?

I used to go swimming but gave up and then joined Fire Cadets.

What do you do at Fire Cadets?

Lots of drills in hose running, ladders and using breathing apparatus.

I’ve learnt first aid and enjoy taking part in lots of community events.

What do you enjoy most?

I enjoy putting in the work to achieve. The people here are so positive and willing to help each other and me develop my skills.

What skills have you learnt?

I’ve developed my ability to work as a team, improved my communications skills and I’ve got so much fitter and healthier because of the drills and activities.

What is your Fire Cadets highlight so far?

I felt so proud to represent Fire Cadets at Ellingham Show in my uniform. I felt I was really helping my community and showing Fire Cadets off in a positive way.

How have the volunteer instructors helped develop you as a cadet?

They’ve shown me what to do and what not to do. They’ve taught me their roles in the fire service and how they use equipment to fit the need of the job. 

I’ve got a lot of respect for them as they selflessly give up their time to help us. 

 

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Meet James

Why did you join Fire Cadets?

A PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) told me about Fire Cadets when they gave a talk at my youth group and I signed up.

What were you doing in your spare time before you joined?

Attended a local youth group.

What do you do at Fire Cadets?

I’ve learnt first aid, made lots of new friends, improved my communications skills and got better at drills.

What do you enjoy most?

I enjoy meeting new people, getting to know them and working with them during the drills.

What skills have you learnt?

My communication skills have improved and my ability to complete drills.

What is your Fire Cadets highlight so far?

Our cadets unit took part in a pedal car grand prix race.

How have the volunteer instructors helped develop you as a cadet?

The volunteers have taken the time to boost my confidence, helping me to be able to talk to people. I think they’re outstanding, giving up their free time to teach us. 

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Meet Mickey

Why did you join Fire Cadets?

My brother was in YFA (Young Firefighters Association) and it looked amazing. I want to work for the NHS one day and this will look really good on my CV.

What were you doing in your spare time before you joined?

I enjoyed taking part in musical theatre and dance at my school.

What do you do at Fire Cadets?

Currently we’re working towards a specific drill, but normally it’s really varied with ladder and hose drills and learning more about different areas of the fire service. I’m continually learning new skills.

What do you enjoy most?

Everyone is really friendly, and I love the feeling of fitting in. I enjoyed being a marshall and selling tickets at the music festival, Party in the Park, representing Fire Cadets in my local community.

What skills have you learnt?

I’ve learnt how to work as a team, learnt practical and fitness skills but also realised my commitment to the unit every week and at weekends to support my community makes a difference.

What is your Fire Cadets highlight so far?

Representing the service at Party in the Park. It was the first event I attended as a Cadet and I loved getting to know people and interacting with the community.

How have the volunteer instructors helped develop you as a cadet?

To many ways to count!  They all have their very different teaching methods which work for different people but bring us together as a group. The best thing is if you make a mistake they will support you to correct it.