Fire cadets from across the county met for a team building day at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service’s (NFRS) training centre in Bowthorpe.
More than 100 young people and their families attended the Cadet Development Day which allowed them to show off some of the skills they have learned and demonstrate their team tasks including rescue drills and using a range of technical equipment.
Fire cadets meet weekly at five units across Norfolk (Wymondham, Diss, Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Hunstanton) and members are aged 13-18 years. They attend local community events and activities in their area. It is also proving to be a successful way of recruiting as cadets often get a taste for life in the fire service and go on to become members of staff later on.
Guests included Chairman of Norfolk County Council Councillor John Ward, chairman of the Communities Committee Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, The Lord Mayor, Sheriff of Norwich, community volunteers, Prince's Trust staff, cadet leaders and police and fire chiefs. Norfolk's Chief Fire Officer David Ashworth welcomed everyone to the event and explained that NFRS's youth development and community safety work was a vital part of the service's risk reduction and community safety strategy.
CFO Ashworth said: "I am rightly proud of our fire cadets and Prince's Trust schemes which show our commitment to youth development. We continue to invest in new equipment to help ensure our cadet units flourish across Norfolk.
"Many of our existing fire officers have come through our cadet programme, which provides a disciplined environment for young people from all backgrounds, learning basic Fire Service skills, core values, problem solving and teamwork characteristics. All are valuable and transferable in the workplace and their communities."
NCC Chairman Councillor John Ward said: "I found it very interesting and inspiring to watch the demonstrations of the different activities. The cadet unit is a valuable and worthwhile part of the fire service and also serves as a great way to recruit fire fighters of the future."
If you are aged 13-18 and want to be a fire cadet, contact Lydia Durrant for more details at [email protected]