Added on: 25th July, 2018 by O1
On Wednesday 11th July, LFB Bromley’s inaugural Fire Cadet Unit had their Passout Ceremony at Orpington Fire Station having gained BTEC level 2 in Fire & Rescue Services in the Community.
Fifteen teenagers from across the borough were joined by the Deputy Mayor of Bromley, representatives from Orpington 1st, London South East Colleges, Bromley Council, over 80 family and friends and Senior LFB Officers.
Beginning in September 2017, the cadets attended Orpington fire station every Wednesday evening to learn all about the work of the LFB. The programme helps develop invaluable key transferable skills, with classroom based activities complemented by practical experience with Fire Brigade Equipment.
The cadets have also formed an integral part of a variety events; representing the LFB at the Bromley Remembrance Parade, raising money for charity, assisting the Firefighters with their Open Day, handing out water at The London Marathon Water Station and stewarding Orpington’s very own Santa Dash, as well as having great fun visiting the Fireboat, the Houses of Parliament and zip-lining and abseiling at Downe Activity Centre.
Above: The squad with the Deputy Mayor of Bromley, Cllr. David Cartwright
Terry Gooding, LFB Bromley Borough Commander, said, “We are extremely proud of this group of young people. They’ve shown terrific character and my team are very much looking forward to working with the next cohort."
The cadets hard work has resulted in all the group achieving a BTEC level 2 in Fire & Rescue Services in the Community.
Borough Commander Gooding added, "We have some great sponsorship opportunities for the 2018/19 programme, so if you're from a local business who might be interested in supporting our cadets, please do get in touch."
Recruitment for September 2018's intake is underway, so:
If you are aged between 14-17 years old and interested in a new challenge,
If you are over 18 and interested in becoming a Volunteer Cadet Instructor (no experience needed – training provided), or,
If you are aged 11-13 and interested in the brand new Junior Fire Cadets (opening late October 2018,
then please contact: LFBFirecadets@london-fire.gov.uk for more information.