Twelve students from All Saints High School have joined Knowsley’s first Fire Cadet Unit. The scheme, which began last month, has already made a positive impact on the young people’s lives.
Funded by Knowsley Council, the scheme offers All Saints pupils aged 13-17 the opportunity to make a positive contribution to society, divert them away from possible crime and anti-social behaviour, and assist them to develop wider key skills which will support them for life.
Since starting, the cadets have taken part in a number of new and unique activities, including a visit to Kirkby Fire Station, learning how to parade, extract water from the mains using a hydrant as well as learning basic hose drills and about the equipment on a fire engine.
Joe Cunliffe, Station Manager, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: “We’re delighted that Knowsley Council has funded this fantastic opportunity. The programme funding supports a number of things including the Fire Cadet uniform. The young people look incredibly smart and professional and it’s been wonderful to see that the uniform alone instantly builds the confidence and pride they have in themselves.”
Sam Drawwater, Fire Cadet said: “The reason why I joined Fire Cadets is because it got me interested about what firefighters do and I enjoy using the hose and loved the Rat Run – it was amazing! I also hope it helps me to join the RAF Fire Service in the future.”
Over the coming months, the cadets take part in a range of activities to develop basic key skills including working with others, communication and leadership. Furthermore, they will be learning about the Fire Service as an organisation, to increase their aspirations and career prospects and to develop their leadership and discipline.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities said: “This is yet another fantastic example of the power of partnership. We’re delighted to be collaborating on this scheme with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to give young people in Kirkby the opportunity to learn skills for life, gain accreditation and develop a huge sense of pride in themselves and their community.”