FIRE cadets are appealing to the public to dig out their spare
Euros to help them take part in a mini-Olympiad event in France
later this year.
Youngsters from the Farnworth and Ramsbottom Community Fire
Cadets have already held their own fundraising events to help raise
thousands of pounds, but donations of spare Euros will help fund
road tolls and other expenses during the event at Mulhouse from
July 14 to 21.
Around 30 cadets from the two groups, aged between 14 and 16,
will represent Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
when they compete against cadets from all over Europe at the 19th
International Meeting for Cadet Corps of Fire Brigades event.
More than Â£6,000 has been raised so far to fund the coach
journey but extra cash is needed to pay for meals for the cadets
and extras as the group will be living under canvas throughout the
Crew Manager Kris Bailey, from Ramsbottom Fire Station said:
"We've done bag packing in supermarkets, car washes and other
sponsored events - but the trip is totally self-funded so we need
as much support as possible.
"We're lucky enough to have the support of local groups and
organisations too and it all helps towards the cause.
"If anyone has any spare Euros which they can kindly give us,
these can be handed in at any of the fire stations in Bolton or
Bury including Farnworth and Ramsbottom."
Cadets have been set up on fire stations in Greater Manchester
for more than 20 years and there are currently hundreds of young
people meeting on stations every week.
Community Fire Cadets is a two-year educational programme run by
fire service instructors and volunteer uniformed and non-uniformed
staff from GMFRS.
Youngsters can gain a nationally recognised Edexcel Level 2 BTEC
qualification in Fire and Rescue Service's in the Community at
award, certificate and diploma level.
Some young people will also have the opportunity to become a
Junior Instructor with the further opportunity to become a
Volunteer Instructor after the age of 18.
The programme is designed to reduce antisocial behaviour by
enhancing key citizenship skills in young people and is open to all
youngsters from a mix of backgrounds.
To find out more about the GMFRS cadets go to: