London Fire Brigade

Community Fire Cadets

Providing opportunities for young people

Our Community Fire Cadets scheme is an exciting youth engagement programme offering young people, aged 14 to 18-years-old, the opportunity to work alongside the Brigade and members of the community.

Candidates gain life skills they can use in the work place as well as a nationally recognised qualification.

The scheme benefits young people who:

  • Have difficulty at school or in their personal lives
  • Have been excluded socially or educationally 
  • Have confidence issues
  • Would benefit from a structured, regulated activity

It is designed to provide positive opportunities to improve self-esteem, community cohesion and reduce undesirable behaviour by enhancing key citizenship skills.

From September we plan to run courses in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney, Haringey, Bexley, Brent, Croydon, and Redbridge.

Further courses are planned from January 2015 onwards, including Greenwich and Lewisham, with other boroughs to be confirmed.

BTEC in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community

Attendees follow a modular course, lasting six or 12 months, linked to the Edexcel BTEC Fire and Rescue Services in the Community (Level 2).

It is run by firefighters, non-operational staff and community volunteers and is held one evening a week during term-time, with some daytime and weekend sessions during the holidays.

The BTEC offers three qualifications and, depending on the guided learning hours on each course, candidates can achieve an Award, Certificate or Diploma.

Volunteer and help make a difference

You can give something back to the local community by becoming a Volunteer Youth Engagement Trainer for our Community Fire Cadet scheme.

Volunteers need to:

  • Be aged 18-years-old or above
  • Commit to volunteering in your own time for a chosen number of evening sessions over a 12 month period 
  • Complete on-going training during weekdays/weekends (no more than seven days per year)
  • Preferably have experience of working with young people

If you are interested in volunteering please contact our Community Fire Cadets Team.