First Community Fire Cadets attend Passing Out Parade
The first 20 youngsters to complete London Fire Brigade’s Community Fire Cadet Course have attended a special Passing Out Parade.
The programme was launched in Tower Hamlets and Hackney in February 2009 and to mark the end of the course the Cadets received certificates from London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson at a special ceremony at the Brigade’s HQ on Friday (23 July). The 20 cadets – 11 from Tower Hamlets and nine from Hackney attended Shadwell and Hackney fire stations one evening a week for 18 months. The course is a comprehensive education and development scheme aimed at 14-18 year olds which aims to boost their confidence, increase fire safety awareness and enhance their citizenship skills.
Cadets are encouraged to interact with their community and become fire safety ambassadors, teaching people the consequences of behaviour like arson or making hoax 999 calls. At the end of the course they have the potential to achieve a nationally recognised qualification; the ‘Edexcel Level 2 BTEC in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community’.
London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: “The fire safety awareness and life skills that the 20 young people completing the Community Fire Cadet course have learned over the last 18 months will not only stand them in good stead as they move on in their lives it will also have a positive effect the communities that the Brigade serves. In addition the BTEC qualification provides Cadets with a real educational outcome alongside the practical skills they pick up.”
Chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s Community safety Committee Cllr Susan Hall added: “The Community Fire Cadet Course has made a positive difference to all these young people and they should be very proud of their achievements. Through their performances on the course they have demonstrated the motivation and sense of social responsibility that will hopefully make a wide range of opportunities available to them in the future.”
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