Army Cadets recently attended the first High Wycombe Fire Station hosted training evening which will run on a monthly basis in addition to the established Aylesbury Fire Station training evenings. The scheme was set up 12 months ago by Firefighters at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, a Gold Employer Recognition Scheme Award holder, who give up their free time to teach Army and Air Cadets a whole range of firefighting skills.
To date around 150 individuals have taken part in 4 modules consisting of
- Hose running and pumping / casualty search and rescue
- Tunnels & casualty extrication
- Entrapment rescue using air bags / trauma care
- Road Traffic Collision / dam building
Adam Moore, Station Commander Amersham & Beaconsfield and Armed Forces Champion at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue said “I am already very impressed with the commitment from our Firefighters who are volunteering their time and the level of enthusiasm I have seen in all of the cadets. Through this initiative we are able to help already well motivated young individuals to develop important skills that will benefit them both personally and professionally. I now look forward to seeing our network of cadet training expand even further, with work already underway at West Ashland Fire Station in Milton Keynes”
Colonel Alan Holder, Commandant Buckinghamshire ACF commented ‘The event was part of a joint County wide initiative between the ACF and Bucks Fire and Rescue to allow cadets to experience some aspects of the fire service. It has been successfully run in Aylesbury for the past two years and this was the first such event in High Wycombe. We hope to go live in Milton Keynes in the near future. Army cadets make great employees in all public services and this initiative is a fantastic way for our young people to see what it’s like to work at a fire station. We are very grateful to Bucks Fire and Rescue for facilitating this experience.’
For more information please contact either Colonel Alan Holder or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to find out what else Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service are doing or for safety advice, please visit their website below: