fire cadet scheme, volunteers needed in Nantwich

A fire cadet scheme in Nantwich faces closure due to a lack of volunteers.

Cheshire Fire Services could close a number of units, with Nantwich and Audlem among the hardest hit.

Cheshire Fire Cadets was set up in 1993 and is now in desperate need of volunteers to keep the 24 units open.

Nick Evans, Head of Prevention, said: “There is probably a bit of a myth about volunteering with fire cadets that you need some kind of firefighter experience, but that’s simply not true.

“There’s no set profile and certainly there’s no need to have a background in the fire and rescue service to volunteer with Cheshire Fire Cadets.

“You do, however, need drive and commitment in helping young people thrive in your local community, and that’s all we are asking for from our volunteers.

“We are urgently looking for people from all walks of life to help with our cadets and would urge anyone with a couple of hours spare each week to get in touch.”

There are around 350 cadets aged 12-17 in 24 locations across Cheshire.

Adult volunteers help support, inspire and influence young people develop new skills and leadership qualities, gain qualifications, and meet like-minded people.

The service has around 100 adult volunteers who help lead, guide and inspire cadets – but they need more.

Nick added: “If you speak to any of our volunteer cadet staff they will tell you they do it because they love it.

“They enjoy the fun, friendship, action, adventure and practical activities the fire cadets provides.

“They also enjoy making a real difference to young people in their community – helping to inspire them to achieve formal qualifications, building their confidence, and encouraging them to think for themselves and to act for others.

“All we ask is that you are able to give up one evening a week for a drill night.

“So, if you want to do something really rewarding with your free time, that’s local to you, then Cheshire Fire Cadets could be exactly what you’re looking for.”

Call the Youth Engagement Team on 01606 868654 or email [email protected]

Download an application pack at www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/jobs/volunteers/cadet-leader-volunteers

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