TEENAGERS are invited to sign up to their local fire service as young cadets.
Bolton Central Fire Station is launching a cadet scheme for 14 and 15-years-olds, and it is hoped the scheme will reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Community Fire Cadets is a two-year educational programme run by firefighters and volunteers for two hours one evening a week.
Teenagers will learn new skills and leave with a qualification.
Ian Bailey, Bolton borough manager, said: “We’ve successfully run a cadet scheme at Farnworth Fire Station for many years and we’re now expanding that to our central location in the borough.
“We’re looking for young people from a range of backgrounds and the idea of the programme is to enhance their key citizenship skills and instill in them the values of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service — at the same time reducing anti-social behaviour and crime.
“Cadets gives young people a real sense of being part of a team. It builds their confidence and motivation, helps them to develop pride in their communities and equips them with skills for life.”
There are also opportunities to become a junior instructor or volunteer.
Caitlin Alcock, aged 17, who works in prevention and protection administration started as a cadet at Farnworth, said: “I’ve wanted to be involved with the fire and rescue service since I was nine, after my 19-year-old cousin died in an accident when a metal drum he was cutting caught fire at a factory.
“After hearing about what the firefighters did to try to save him, I was determined to work for GMFRS, and I became a cadet at Farnworth as soon as I was old enough.
“It gave me such a confidence boost and I learned so much from the firefighters. And, thanks to the support of GMFRS, I’ve been able to progress to becoming a paid employee for the service and I really enjoy my job.”
She added: “I would recommend any young person to go on the cadet course — you learn so much, gain so many skills and give yourself a better chance at getting a job at the end.”
Anyone interested in joining the Bolton Central cadet scheme should send their details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01204 905 127.
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