NORTHALLERTON Young Firefighters Scheme is going from strength-to-strength helping young people learn skills associated with firefighting.
Set up six years ago by volunteer firefighters from the Northallerton station, the project enables teenagers to gain a BTEC qualification in ‘Firefighting in Community’ – which carries GCSE points roughly equivalent to two GCSEs.
The scheme is aimed at 14 to 16-year-olds who can commit to going to the station for two hours every Tuesday evening during term-time for a two-year period.
All equipment and uniform is provided by the scheme, with a nominal fee of £10 per term and a £30 signing-on fee for the Edexcel BTEC qualification.
During the two-year course, cadets must complete their BTEC portfolios and learn various aspects of firefighting techniques including hoses, ladders, pumps, community fire safety, science of fire, rescuing casualties from situations including road traffic collisions, and first aid techniques.
These skills are all taught by active firefighters and fire control operators employed by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Cadets also participate in drills, written work, team-building exercises and anything else required by the BTEC or the fire station.
In the past, cadets have also helped out at community events including concerts, collecting money for charity, fundraising car washes, and the running of Northallerton fire station’s open day.
• Anyone interested in joining the cadet scheme should contact Northallerton fire station on 01609 751010 for further details.