If you're between 13 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.

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 – learn new skills using fire fighting equipment, squad drills, using ladders and hoses.

Fire Cadet Award – will provide a standard level of experience and common set of activities for all Fire Cadets and provide an accessible and structured programme of activities. Cadets will collate evidence and supporting material for the fire cadet award workbook. On completion of the 2-year programme the cadets will be presented with a participation achievement certificate.

Social Actions – Participate and attend events within the community, how to be a positive citizen and an active member of your community. This will be a key element of being a Fire Cadet and the cadet must take part in a minimum of three social activities each year.

The programme 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 through social Actions.

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
  • Amman Valley
  • Newtown
  • Morriston
  • Seven Sisters