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Learn baby learn! Havering fire cadets looking for youngsters with burning ambition

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 August 2017

The Havering fire cadets class of 2017 will be passing out of the scheme this month. Photo: LFB/Rachel Foster

The Havering fire cadets class of 2017 will be passing out of the scheme this month. Photo: LFB/Rachel Foster

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Havering’s youngsters have the chance to ignite their own potential by signing up to this year’s fire cadet course.

Harold Hill fire station, based in Ashton Road, Harold Hill, is looking for youngsters interested in learning the skills to become a firefighter, by taking part in the next London Fire Brigade’s Fire Cadets programme.

This year’s cohort pass out this month, and applications have opened for September’s course.

The programme offers teenagers an opportunity to work alongside the London Fire Brigade (LFB), as well as work towards a BTEC Level 2 qualification in fire and rescue service.

Rachel Foster, Havering’s youth engagement officer for the LFB, said: “If you’re a young person who is up for a challenge, wants to be part of something new and exciting, someone who can learn new skills like problem solving and working as a team, become a positive role model and achieve what you never thought possible, apply now, spaces are limited!”

Adam Toy is one of the scheme’s graduates, and enjoyed his time as a cadet so much he went back for more – he is now the borough’s deputy assistant commissioner cadet.

He told the Recorder: “One of the best things for me was knowing that the instructors and coordinators will do anything for you, just as you would for them, which really makes you feel part of a bigger family.

“As an instructor there is one thing you notice, the young people that start the course are not the ones that leave.

They have become even more respectful, confident and have gained a wider appreciation for the LFB and other emergency services.

“As a cadet, you do some work towards a B-TEC in fire and rescue which can really help to get in if that’s what you want to do, as well as being hands on with all the real equipment that the Fire Brigade uses in normal operations.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and i strongly urge anyone to join up.”

Havering’s Fire Cadets meet at Harold Hill fire station on Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm.

To apply for the September course, contact Rachel on 07342 026220 or email rachel.foster@london-fire.gov.uk.

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