London Fire Brigade

Community Fire Cadets (CFC)

Community Fire Cadets scheme is an exciting youth engagement programme which offers young people the opportunity to work alongside the Brigade to gain a recognised qualification and life skills they can use in the work place.

The scheme benefits young people who are having difficulty at school, have been excluded socially or educationally, are at risk of anti-social behaviour and those with little or no direction in life. It is designed to provide young people with positive opportunities to improve community cohesion and reduce undesirable behaviour by enhancing key citizenship skills.

Currently the scheme is running in the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Havering, Haringey, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. More courses are planned to start in Spring 2014 in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Interested in volunteering for the London Fire Brigade?

The London Fire Brigade is offering the opportunity for people to give something back to the local community by becoming a Volunteer Youth Engagement Trainer for our Community Fire Cadet Scheme.

Volunteers will need to:

  • Be 18 years of age or over.
  • Be willing to commit to volunteering your time for a chosen number of evening sessions over a 12 month period
  • Undertake on going training which will be no more than seven days per year.
  • Preferably have worked with young people.

If you are interested in volunteering please email

The course

The course, which is designed for 14-18 year-olds, lasts 12 months and takes place one evening a week during term time with some day time and weekend sessions during the school holidays. The young people who attend follow a modular course linked to the Edexcel Level 2 BTEC in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.

The BTEC represents three qualifications and depending on the guided learning hours on each course, candidates can earn an award, certificate or diploma. The scheme is run by firefighters, non operational staff from within the Brigade and volunteers from the local community.

Places are by referral only, via agencies, schools or organisations who work with young people and candidates must live  or attend school within the borough where the courses are running.