Are you aged between 13 and 16 and ready to make a difference?

Fire Cadets offers young people a unique insight into working within an emergency service.

We offer fun and challenging inclusive opportunities for young people and work to develop personal and social skills through activities which promote self-discipline, team work and citizenship. There is also the chance to gain awards and work towards achieving a recognised qualification, all whilst having fun and making new friends.

On Duty – being a Fire Cadet

As a Fire Cadet you will be treated as a young trainee firefighter, learning the basic skills required of a firefighter while participating in activity in and around your local Fire Station. You will be provided with your own uniform and fire kit which you will need to take good care of, and you will be expected to attend a weekly drill night at your Fire Cadet Unit. You will be expected to show a certain amount of discipline and commitment, just like our firefighters.

Off Duty – social events and activities

In addition to weekly activities at your local Unit, you will have the chance to take part in a range of outdoor activities, camps, competitions and social trips. Many of our Cadet groups play an active part in their community supporting local initiatives and charities.


Our Fire Cadets is a 2-year programme which is run during term time.

We are currently not accepting applications but it is anticipated that we will commence recruitment in May 2025 in preparation for the co-hort due to begin in September 2025.

Please keep an eye on this page of the website where we will announce our confirmed recruitment dates.

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