Skegness Fire Cadets are celebrating a ‘hugely successful first year in operation.
The fire cadets started on December 17 and the first year has been hailed as a huge success by organisers.
Fifteen cadets, aged between 13 and 16-years-old were recruited as part of an initiative by the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s youth engagement team.
This programme offers young people the opportunity to work alongside local firefighters to gain new skills; such as first aid training, ladder rescues, fire extinguisher training and team-working skills to name a few.
The fire cadets train for two hours, once a week on Monday evenings. They have also been lucky enough to attend training days on station which included learning about road safety awareness, breathing apparatus and firefighter skills.
Lead instructor, Simon Coxell said: “It seemed to be a long process in getting everything organised from the first meeting about the possibility of having a cadets set up at the station to where we are now.
“Everything now seems to be taking shape. The cadets have their own fire engine and each individual have their own fire kit. We have also been lucky enough to receive a lot of support from local councilors which has meant a lot.”
Fire cadet instructor Dan Vines added; “It’s been hard work putting everything together but it’s been a lot of fun along the way.
“The cadets all seem to love it and we plan to keep it going for as long as we can.”
The aim of the Skegness Fire Cadets is to provide a uniformed youth organisation associated with aspiring to the inherent qualities of the Fire & Rescue Service.
The fire cadets have been involved with several charity events.
Some of them will also have the opportunity to become a Junior Instructor, with the further opportunity to become a Volunteer Instructor after the age of 18-years-old.
The Fire Cadets programme is open to all young people from a mix of backgrounds representative of the local community.