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There are lots of exciting paths you can take as a Fire Cadet – from learning basic firefighting skills, to expanding your leadership potential and possibly even meeting royalty at VIP events!
Sara Perez, Youth Engagement Manager, Fire Cadets
If you're between 11 and 13, and live in Barking and Dagenham, maybe our first ever Junior Fire Cadet unit is for you. You'll make friends, get an insight into what London Fire Brigade does, and have lots of fun meeting other young people.
What do we learn about at Junior Fire Cadets?
What do we do?
If you're between 14 and 17, you'll join our regular Fire Cadets! During your time on the programme you’ll make new friends, have loads of fun and learn all about what it means to be a firefighter and make a positive impact on your community.
What do we learn about at Fire Cadets?
What do we do?
There’s so much to learn at Fire Cadets, such as Prevent, Protect and Respond, plus it’s the closest you’ll get to being a Firefighter until you’re old enough to apply!
If you're between 15 and 17 and have completed your first year as a Fire Cadet, you can then apply to become an Officer Fire Cadet. This is the next step on your Fire Cadet journey, and you'll build upon your leadership, communication and confidence to help your instructors to teach all the skills you learned as a Fire Cadet.
This is an incredible opportunity to build up evidence for your CV when you leave school and it’s time to start looking for a job or go into further education. You will also have the opportunity to complete a level 2 BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Development.
Officer Fire Cadets are split into different ranks:
What do we learn about as Officer Fire Cadets?
I'm loads more confident since I started doing Fire Cadets, and think after school I might want a career in uniformed services.
Marine Fire Cadets is an exciting new programme for Officer Cadets who want to take their skills onto the water. Get hands-on experience of our fireboats FireFlash and FireDart, and learn to be safe on the water...
What do we learn about at Officer Fire Cadets?
What do we do?
Our Fire Cadet Ceremonial Team – sponsored by Romford Lions – represent London Fire Brigade's Fire Cadets at major events. It's an amazing opportunity that might see you meeting Royals and celebs, or maybe even travelling the country!
What does the Fire Cadet Ceremonial Team do?
Where might it take you?
In the past 3 years, our Fire Cadet Ceremonial Team have taken part in exciting events including:
Fire Cadet Ambassadors are our highest ranking Officer Cadets. Real role models for the next generation of firefighters, this elite group of young people exemplify what it means to be a Fire Cadet, and represent the London Fire Brigade at events alongside our senior officers. These roles offer exciting opportunities and increased responsibility, whilst helping to shape what Fire Cadets will look like in the future.
What do Fire Cadet Ambassadors do?
Cadets have gone on to achieve amazing things, including becoming firefighters and education officers here at London Fire Brigade.
Lots of Cadets never leave the London Fire Brigade family... many are training to join the Brigade, and nearly 9/10 carry on supporting the next generation as Volunteer Cadet Instructors.