West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has teamed up with Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) to launch a brand new fire cadets programme.
Today (Wednesday 13th September), marks the first day of the 38-week programme in which 16 students from the MET’s Uniformed Services course will learn all about the fire service; from the roles and responsibilities of individuals within WSFRS to practising hose drills, working at height, and using the special protective clothing and equipment firefighters rely on every day.
Our cadets will also undertake HeartStart first aid training, which equips individuals with the invaluable skills to deal with cardiac arrest, blood loss and choking.
Previous cadet programmes have been run solely by the fire service, however collaborating with the MET allows for a centralised, streamlined approach to a programme we hope will benefit many young people for many years to come.
Adrian Carter, WSFRS Intervention & Prevention Deputy Manager, comments; “We are delighted to be able to offer this unique opportunity to our brand new cadets. We have shaped the programme to fit neatly into the Uniformed Services curriculum and also ensured it mirrors our annual safety campaigns calendar.
“As a result not only will our cadets get to experience the practical aspects of firefighting but they’ll also learn about the community safety and prevention work which makes up a large proportion of a modern-day firefighter’s role. We look forward to seeing how our new cadets grow and evolve into their new roles.”
This year, all students enrolled onto the Uniformed Services course were given the chance to apply for the fire cadets programme, and the candidates were shortlisted to the final 16 based on their attributes and previous experience.
Our 16 cadets will be attending Worthing Fire Station every Wednesday afternoon throughout the academic year to build the skills, knowledge and expertise to best prepare them for a successful entry application into the emergency services.
If you would like to find out more about the MET’s Uniformed Services course please visit: www.northbrook.ac.uk/courses/collegelevel/public.
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.