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Bexley's teenage fire cadets complete rescue training

PUBLISHED: 12:14 27 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:14 27 March 2014

The fire cadets passed out at Erith fire station.

The fire cadets passed out at Erith fire station.

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These are Bexley's finest fire cadets - teenagers trained to climb ladders, douse flames and use breathing apparatus.

The fire cadets passed out at Erith fire station.The fire cadets passed out at Erith fire station.

Last week, 12 boys and girls, aged from 15 to 17, had their passing-out parade after the year-long course, which earned them a BTEC qualification.

London fire commissioner Ron Dobson said they learnt more than rescue techniques.

“The educational and life skills the young people have obtained are invaluable and will hopefully enable them to find a job or continue in education,” he said. “Our work with London’s young people has reduced attacks on firefighters and brought communities together.”

The scheme, which runs in five other London boroughs, aims to steer young people away from crime and back into education, training or employment.

As well as learning firefighting skills, cadets are taught money handling, job application techniques and about healthy living.

A fire brigade spokesman said: “The scheme benefits young people who are having difficulty at school, have been excluded socially or educationally, are at risk of anti-social behaviour and those with little or no direction in life.”

For more information, email communityfirecadets@london-fire.gov.uk.

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