Well done to our Abercrave Fire Cadets who have completed their BTECs over the COVID-19. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, they were not able to have a traditional pass-out parade.  To recognise their achievements and to show their family and friends the new skills and knowledge they have gained over the last couple of years, here is a montage of their best bits.  Fantastic Abercrave!!!

The aim

The aim of the Fire Cadet program is to create safer communities through developing young people’s knowledge and raising their awareness of the importance of keeping safe from fire.

Our aim and objectives are:

  • Develop awareness of fire hazards in and around the home.

  • Provide fire safety information to enable young people to prevent, detect and escape from fire.

  • Empower young people to resist peer pressure in relation to fire crimes, such as arson and hoax calls.

Have fun, make friends and gain qualifications

Fire Cadets is a nationally recognised programme and is a great way for young people to have fun, make friends, gain a qualification and develop their skills and confidence.

If you're between 14 and 16, you'll join our regular Fire Cadets! During your time on the programme you’ll make new friends, have loads of fun and learn all about what it means to be a firefighter and make a positive impact on your community and gain a BTEC qualification.

What do you learn and what do we do at Fire Cadets?

Fire Safety – learn how to keep yourself and others safe by understanding hazards, risks and control measures. Learn about fire safety in the home and create your own fire plan as well as how we work with other emergency services.

Firefighting skills – Build on the skills learned in your previous year as a junior Fire Cadet. The equipment we use, squad drills, using ladders, hoses.

Life skills – Attend events within the community, how to be a positive citizen and an active member of your community.

BTEC - We deliver a BTEC Level 2 Award and Certificate in the Fire and Rescue Service in the Community’ programme to young people aged 14-16.

The course is split between the fire station training ground and classroom. Much of the work is practical where cadets are taught firefighting skills using hoses, ladders, community safety, associated equipment and activities to develop soft skills, such as teamwork, problem solving and communication. There is also the element which focuses on the risks of arson and the role of the fire service within the community.

If you're between 16 and 18 and have completed your BTEC Award and Certificate as a Fire Cadet, you can then apply to become a Graduate Young Leader. This is the next step on your Fire Cadet journey, and you'll build upon your leadership skills, communication and confidence to help your instructors to teach all the skills you learned as a Fire Cadet.

This is an incredible opportunity to build up evidence for your CV when you leave school and it’s time to start looking for a job or go into further education.

Safety – Learn about risk assessment and health and safety in the workplace.

Practical firefighting – Build on the skills learned in your first year as a Fire Cadet.

Being Ambassadors – Support wide events represent Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue at events such as fire station openings and memorial parades and national events. Represent Fire Cadets internationally and could represent Fire Cadets in Europe and possibly beyond!

Future Pathway for Cadets
Cadets have gone on to achieve incredible things, including becoming On-Call, Wholetime firefighters and working within Community Safety with lots of Cadets never leaving the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service family and some carry on supporting the next generation as Volunteer Cadet Instructors and being positive citizens and active members of their community.

First and foremost, because it's really rewarding, and really good fun. But there are lots of other reasons too:

Give young people the best possible start – the Fire Cadets makes an incredible difference to young people.

Make new friends and amazing memories – be a part of some unique experiences.

Get ahead if you're jobhunting – if you're looking for work, volunteering experience is a great way to prove your skills, and we can act as a reference, too. Gain valuable experience and get free training.

In return, you can gain a range of transferable skills as well as having the chance to complete various courses.

What skills and experience do you need?
Our Fire Cadet volunteers don't need to have experience of working with young people, just a passion for helping change a young person's life for the better. There are some practical requirements too. You will need:

  • To be 18 or over.
  • To be willing to commit to regular weeknight evenings and occasional weekends during term time.
  • A desire to work with young people.
  • All volunteers are, of course, required to complete mandatory training including an induction into Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, safeguarding children, as well as undergoing an enhanced DBS check.

The Fire Cadets Programme runs at:

  • Abercrave
  • Ammanford
  • Newtown
  • Pembroke Dock
  • Pontarddulais
  • Port Talbot
  • Seven Sisters
  • Welshpool

If you think you have what it takes to become a Fire Cadet, then complete the interactive application form (PDF, 1.2Mb) now.