Ilford teens have chance to climb pole of fire service
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Ilford fire station is inviting teenagers to join its ranks for a year by becoming cadets.
Redbridge is one of a number of boroughs across London offering the Community Fire Cadets scheme, giving youngsters aged 14 to 17 the chance to learn how to become a firefighter.
The brigade hopes to start the new scheme, which runs throughout the academic year, on Tuesday and is encouraging young people to get on board.
Candidates will also gain a BTEC qualification on the course, as well as being able to get involved in the community and learn hands-on skills.
In July, last year’s cadets graduated after completing the first year of the scheme.
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Susan Douglas, who is co-ordinating the scheme, said: “We are trying to promote it to young people who are interested in the fire service and gaining a BTEC an helping the community.
“If you’re interested in the fire service, doing community work, having fun, meeting new people and new friends, then the fire cadets if for you.”
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She said the group would be doing exercises and community-based activities, similar to the Scouts or army cadets.
To apply and find out more, email SUSAN.DOUGLAS@london-fire.gov.uk.