Volunteer stories
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The Fire Cadets programme is delivered by volunteer firefighters, non-operational fire service staff and adults from the local community. 

There are a large number of different ways in which you can volunteer to help a Cadet Unit, from leading sessions, to being a role model and mentoring the young people or helping it the administration of the unit. 

Kevin Morrison

Name: Kevin 

Occupation: Watch Manager

Fire Cadet volunteering role: Volunteer Cadet Group Leader 

Why did you decide to volunteer?

I enjoy working with young people.

What are your responsibilities?

I’m the Lead volunteer for the group so I take overall responsibility for every cadet and their safety, development and wellbeing.

What difference do you feel your time volunteering makes?

We make a difference pointing young people in the right direction helping them to structure their future to keep them out of trouble.

What do you get out of volunteering?

The satisfaction of helping and working with young people in my community. 

Colin Tomes

Name: Colin

Occupation: Firefighter

Fire Cadet volunteering role: Volunteer Lead Instructor

Why did you decide to volunteer?

I wanted to give something back to my community. When we first set up the unit I was in my early 20s and felt I could relate to the young people and have good interactions with them.

What are your responsibilities?

I assist with the smooth running of the unit. I organise drills for cadets, arrange adventure weekends away and visits to see other departments within the fire service.

What difference do you feel your time volunteering makes?

We have young people from all walks of life and feel we give each of them new skills and confidence. Some have gained more social skills and made new friends, some have gained leaderships skills and others have learnt to make more positive life choices.

What do you get out of volunteering?

I get to watch the cadets demonstrate the skills they have learnt by being part of a team they wouldn’t normally put themselves in socially. Together they develop confidence to flourish in life. 

Tom Maddern

Name: Tom

Occupation: Firefighter

Fire Cadet volunteering role: Volunteer Firefighter Instructor

Why did you decide to volunteer?

I wanted to share my knowledge of the fire service and encourage the cadets to build on the skills they learn. It’s helped me with my own personal development and improved my confidence in the teaching environment.

What are your responsibilities?

I teach the cadets firefighting techniques such as hose running, ladder climbing, pump operating, first aid skills and I run personal trainer sessions with them to improve their fitness. I also organise the Cadet pedal car team we compete in yearly.

What difference do you feel your time volunteering makes?

I feel they have benefitted from the knowledge that I have given them and the experiences I have offered by taking cadets off station to compete in the pedal car team. 

What do you get out of volunteering?

I get a buzz out of helping the cadets and out of knowing their parents are happy their child in our care learning life skills.