Teenagers invited to apply to become Cadet Firefighters

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Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is offering local young people aged 14-16 years the opportunity to join the prestigious NIFRS Cadet Firefighter Scheme.

Recruitment for the new intake of cadets begins next month, and schools across the Lisburn area are being invited to put forward pupils within the designated age limit to apply for a place in the two-year training scheme that equips young people with skills to take through into their future careers.

Cadets meet one evening a week throughout the school year, normally from 7pm until 9pm, getting the opportunity to learn basic first aid, team building and firefighting training.

NIFRS Crew Commander Clive Hamilton, who oversees the Lisburn Cadets Firefighter Scheme, said: “We are delighted to be recruiting across the greater Lisburn area.

“The scheme aims to provide a varied and interesting programme of activities for young people in every local community. As well as raising awareness of the work of the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, cadets will undergo personal development during the scheme and ultimately instil a sense of community spirit.

“We hope that young people aged 14-16, both male and female, will avail of this opportunity, which could be a stepping stone into a future career as a firefighter.”

For further information about how to get involved with the NIFRS Cadets programme email cadets@nifrs.org