London Fire Brigade

Fire Cadets help build school in Nepal

10 November 2017

A group of the Brigade’s Fire Cadets have helped rebuild a school in Nepal which was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquakes.

Megan Munns, 17, Tiernan Routledge, 18, and Kia Clemens, 18, flew out to Katmandu before trekking to the remote Shree Jeevan Jyoti Higher Secondary School in the village of Kangel.

They were joined by Special Operations Group Watch Manager Stavros Marangos, who is a volunteer Operational Fire Cadet Instructor.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “I am immensely proud of our cadets for undertaking this challenge and for representing London Fire Brigade across the world.

“They are an inspirational group and we hope their achievements will encourage other young people who may not have  considered firefighting as a career to do so.

“Their hard work has made a real difference to this community in Nepal.”

The group undertook a four and a half day trek through Himalayan terrain to reach the village.

Since the school was damaged, pupils have been studying in temporary shelters which overheat and leak during the monsoon season.

They helped with the final stage of building the school, which is earthquake resistant and will include a filtered water system.

Charity Classrooms in the Clouds organised the trip and they were also joined by cadets from Cheshire FRS.

Fire Cadets is a free, nationally recognised programme offering young people, between the ages of 14 and 17, the opportunity to gain a credible qualification as well as develop their personal skills.

To find out more about the scheme or to apply, visit our Fire Cadets page.