South Yorkshire fire service cadets honoured at ceremony

Dozens of South Yorkshire fire cadets have been honoured at a ceremony in Sheffield to mark their achievements.

Over 70 cadets, aged 13-17, were recognised at the event at the fire service’s

training base in Handsworth, Sheffield.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue runs seven cadet schemes- at Birley Moor, Cudworth, Edlington, Elm Lane, Lowedges, Rotherham and Stocksbridge fire stations.

Cadets train at their respective stations once a week, learning firefighting skills and techniques from specially qualified instructors.

They also play a key role at community events and take part in team-building days throughout the year.

Cadets also enrol on to the Routes 4 U education package, which covers the employability skills needed to work within the health and emergency services.

Station manager Spencer Rowland, said: “Our fire cadets scheme has a long and proud history. Whereas it once gave young people an insight into a career as a firefighter, it has evolved to provide a much more rounded mixture of skills and training, including community work and exercises to build personal confidence and employment skills.”