CADETS from Ramsbottom were invited to be special guests on a
BBC radio show after the presenter met them at a charity
Actor, television presenter and radio broadcaster Ted Robbins
was intrigued to find out more about the cadets and their upcoming
trip to France.
He took his car to Ramsbottom Fire Station in Stubbins Lane on
Saturday, April 6 to be washed by cadets and volunteers in aid of
The Fire Fighters Charity and to help fund the cadets' trip later
Around 30 cadets from Ramsbottom and Farnworth Community Fire
Cadets, 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 in Mulhouse from July 14 to 21.
Eager to support the group and help them publicise their cause,
Ted invited them to feature on his morning talk show on BBC Radio
Lancashire to talk about what the cadets do and their positive
impact on the community.
They went live on the air on Wednesday, April 17 and spoke about
how the GMFRS Community Fire Cadets course has helped them gain
confidence and new skills and allowed them to benefit their local
More than £6,000 has been raised so far to fund the coach
journey to France but extra cash is needed to pay for meals for the
cadets and extras as the group will be living under canvas
throughout the trip.
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.
"All the cadets really enjoyed appearing on the show and Ted
said he would like to do another interview with them at the station
when they return from France, which is really exciting.
"Whilst they were there, TV actor Ricky Tomlinson was appearing
on another show but took time out to talk to the cadets about the
work they do."
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: