The programme is split between the fire station training ground and classroom. Much of the work is practical where cadets are taught practical hands-on skills such as running out hoses and climbing ladders, Fire Safety Awareness, and activities to develop soft skills, such as teamwork, problem solving and communication.

Fire Cadets are expected to attend a weekly drill evening at their local Fire Station. In addition to weekly activities at their local Cadet Unit, Cadets will take part in a range of social activities such as supporting station car washes, open days and fundraising for local and national charities. Fire Cadets will be young role models in their community by supporting local initiatives and representing the Service at wider, national events.

The Fire Cadets Programme includes:

  • Practical Firefighting Drills
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Road Safety Awareness
  • Water Safety Awareness
  • First Aid Awareness
  • Team-Building Activities
  • Community Engagement
  • Fundraising

The Role of a Fire Cadet Volunteer Instructor
Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructors will provide support and will actively engage and educate young people. Volunteer Instructors will act as positive role models and will help support the delivery of a programme of activities (classroom, drill yard activities, teambuilding, fundraising etc.) and attend public events representing the Service.

Volunteering is a great way to develop a variety of transferable skills and gain valuable experience. The Fire Cadets Programme makes an incredible difference to young people and Volunteer Instructors help make this happen.

Volunteer Instructors are required to commit to regular weeknight evenings and occasional weekends during term-time.

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 that all Volunteer Instructors will need to meet:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) an Enhanced DBS with Child Barring lists check will be required for this role
  • Induction into Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
  • Safeguarding
  • Introduction to working with Fire Cadets and young people
  • Drill Ground Youth Supervision Training Course

The Fire Cadets Programme runs at:

Northern Division (Ceredigion and Powys):

  • Newtown 
  • Abercrave

Southern Division (Swansea and Neath Port Talbot):

  • Seven Sisters
  • Amman Valley
  • Gorseinon