Release date: 28 June 2018
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s fire cadets have today (June 28) successfully graduated from a 38-week programme launched in partnership with Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET).
The 15 students began their journey as cadets back in September last year when they joined the MET’s Uniformed Services course. Throughout the duration of the programme they have learnt all about the fire service; from the prevention activities that individuals within WSFRS carry out to gaining experience of how firefighters respond to emergencies by practising hose running, ladder climbs and the use of specialist equipment.
The Pass Out Parade, which took place at Worthing Fire Station, saw the cadets participate in a range of complex drills, including a scenario where they had to work with the service’s Technical Rescue Team to perform a rescue from a height, before being handed awards of achievement by Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Watts.
Speaking at the event, Gavin Watts said: “The effort put in by each cadet, not only today but throughout the course, has been exceptional.
“It has been a privilege for our service to work in collaboration with Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and I am extremely pleased with its success.”
Gavin McCourty, Lead Instructor, said: “The cadets have become ambassadors for the fire service as they have learnt about the roles of a modern firefighter and have taken unique skills and knowledge back into their communities. Over the last eight months they have also assisted the service at numerous events including the Children Looked After EPIC awards and Armistice Day.
“The course has helped them to prepare for employment and they have developed competencies that will help them in their adult life, such as how to apply for jobs, communication skills and discipline. They have also learnt life-saving skills, including emergency resuscitation.
“Seeing the cadets grow from strength to strength every week has been an absolute honour and it has been a delight working with these young people. Their dedication and commitment throughout the duration of the course has been exceptional.
“I am hopeful that they will continue to flourish and maybe even join the uniformed services one day!”
In March the cadets proudly represented the service at their Uniformed Services Parade Day which was attended by 250 guests, including various high-ranking officers from the emergency services and the armed forces.
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) Principal, Sharon Collett, said: “We are delighted with the success of our partnership with the fire service and are very proud of our cadets. We wish them every success in the future.”
If you would like to find out more about the MET’s Uniformed Services course please visit their website.