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Bexley fire cadets celebrate new skills at pass-out parade

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:00 20 July 2018

Fire cadets from Bexley have been learning what it takes to be a firefighter. Picture: London Fire Brigade

Fire cadets from Bexley have been learning what it takes to be a firefighter. Picture: London Fire Brigade

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Fire cadets from Bexley have been learning what it takes to be a firefighter, picking up valuable life skills as they celebrate completing an academic year at a special pass-out parade ceremony at Erith Fire Station.

Fire Cadets is a free, nationally recognised cadet organisation that offers young people aged 14-17 the opportunity to gain a real qualification and develop their confidence and personal skills, providing cadets with invaluable experience to take forward in their next steps into education or work.

Borough commander Peter Curtin, who attended the ceremony, said: “Congratulations to the cadets for their success and achievement in completing their first year with London Fire Brigade (LFB).

“Fire cadets are integral to the brigade and it is fantastic to see them fulfil their potential.

“It provides incredible experience and a chance to learn life skills.

“It’s also a way for us to introduce firefighting as a possible career to young people from different communities and backgrounds across London.”

As part of LFB’s youth engagement work, fire cadets teaches young people about fire prevention and is a way of spreading safety messages to young people.

Skills taught at the fire cadets include: firefighting techniques such as climbing and using horses; first aid and casualty care; fire safety and fire prevention; team work and presentation skills.

Run by volunteers that comprise of firefighters, non-operational LFB staff and community volunteers, fire cadets is an engagement opportunity with an exciting progression path.

It takes place one evening a week during term time with some day time and weekend sessions during the school holidays to attend community events and special celebrations.

The cadets also work towards a BTEC Level 2 in fire and rescue services in the community within their first year.

The brigade said adult volunteers are needed across London to help run its fire cadets and applicants are invited to visit the brigade’s website for more information.

The pass out parade took place on Tuesday July 10.

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