TRAFFORD'S first cadet scheme for young people has been launched
at Stretford Fire Station.
The programme is the first in a series of new Community Fire
Cadets schemes being launched across Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service (GMFRS).
It is hoped that every borough will run a cadet scheme by the
end of July this year, with Manchester borough having two.
Community Fire Cadets is two-year educational and developmental
scheme aimed at young people aged 14 to 17 who attend a fire
station one evening a week.
Some young people have the opportunity to become junior
instructors and some become volunteer instructors at the age of
Young people gain a nationally recognised Level 2 BTEC
qualification in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community and can
achieve this at award, certificate and diploma level.
Stretford Station Manager Ben Levy said: "After a number of
years managing activities for GMFRS' Children and Young People
department, nothing has made me quite so proud as having a
Community Fire Cadet unit at Stretford Fire Station.
"Our intention is to develop these cadets to be a real and valid
part of the community, embedding them into local projects and
developing activities by which the cadets can support the wider
aims of the fire and rescue service."
Adam Tormey, from Trafford's Community Fire Safety team, said:
"After a recruitment-drive around local secondary schools, we
received a lot of interest and some fantastic applications from
young people wishing to join the cadet scheme.
"Competition was fierce and making our selection proved
difficult - those that have made the final cut should be very
proud. I think we have a promising group of young people to work
with and I'm very excited about the future of Stretford
Trafford Borough Manager Andrew Dugdale said: "I'm thrilled that
we have the new cadet scheme at Trafford and I think it's a
fantastic opportunity for both the new cadets and GMFRS.
"We have a great team to deliver the program and from what I've
seen, a great intake of cadets who will be an integral part of the
fire and rescue service in Trafford."
Community Fire Cadets schemes have been running in Greater
Manchester for 18 years and GMFRS has been represented in every
single international cadet drilling competition since 1999.
Last month, cadet groups from Farnworth, Littleborough, Eccles,
Ramsbottom and Leigh attended GMFRS' first Community Fire Cadets
award event at the Training and Development Centre in
The youngsters shared their experiences of taking part in the
schemes and collected certificates, presented by County Fire
Officer Steve McGuirk and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester George
Almond CBE, who was County Fire Officer at GMFRS when the cadets
scheme first began.