West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s fire cadets have proudly honoured the fire service in their Uniformed Services Parade Day at Northbrook MET.
In September last year, WSFRS teamed up with Northbrook MET to launch a brand new fire cadets programme, and yesterday (7 March) saw their Uniformed Services Launch Parade.
The Northbrook MET Combined Cadet Force, which includes our 16 fire cadets is the first state FE college in the country to have a single Royal Naval contingent.
The parade, which was attended by over 250 guests, included Worthing Silver Band, a display from the cadets, and service appliances.
Various high-ranking officers from the emergency services and the armed forces joined the event, including our Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Watts, who carried out inspections on each of the fire cadets’ kit.
Chief Fire Officer, Gavin Watts, said: “It was a huge privilege being invited to watch our fire cadets at the parade and to carry out their inspections.
“It is clear to see from the dedication and expertise delivered by each cadet, that they will be assets to any emergency service that they choose to join in the future.
“I would like to thank our Targeted Education team for all the time and effort that they have spent creating and delivering the programme, and ensuring that it encompasses every aspect of a modern day fire service, from the operational side to the prevention and community safety work.”
Gavin McCourty, Lead Fire Cadet Instructor, said: “I am extremely proud to have worked with these young people over the last six months and I am delighted to see how they have progressed – as an instructor I have found it very rewarding.”
Our 16 cadets visit Worthing Fire Station every Wednesday afternoon and spend the afternoon building on and practising key skills that will set them in good stead when applying for emergency service roles in the future.
See our fire cadets press release for more information on the programme.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.