Council backs London Fire Brigade’s call for more volunteers
The Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council has backed the call from the London Fire Brigade to get more people to volunteer with the Fire Cadet Programme.
The annual programme is made up of firefighters, non-operational brigade staff and adults from communities across the borough, who volunteer their time, skills and experience to help support and train the cadets.
Volunteers typically help one evening a week, which varies, depending on where the course is held, with the opportunity to help on weekends too.
The valuable work of Fire Cadet Programme continues to make a positive impact as two cadets, brothers Taylor and Harrison, were recently presented with a Leader’s Recognition Award and commended for their fast thinking during the Samuel Garside Fire. They were able to put to good use the training and support they’ve received as Fire Cadets, keeping calm and collected while alerting residents to the fire.
“It’s clear to see how the work that happens within the Fire Cadet Programme is making a difference in our local community."
Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said:
“It’s clear to see how the work that happens within the Fire Cadet Programme is making a difference in our local community. Harrison and Taylor are a prime example of this; their training enabled them to think on their feet and alert residents to the fire.
“Without the excellent network of staff and volunteers, the programme would not be possible, and many young people in our borough would miss out on this vital training. If you have some spare time and would like to get involved, head to the London Fire Brigade’s website for more information.”
Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade Commissioner, said:
“Our cadets are such an important asset to the community. It means that we can get young people into places like the London Fire Brigade where they can learn about the job we do, but more importantly, learn about being good citizens.
“We couldn’t run the programme without the help and support of the people in our local community. We need more adult volunteers to come along to our cadet units and to help support running the cadet nights. Training is available, for anyone who’s interested, with our fantastic staff who will show you the ropes and welcome you to our cadet family.”
For more information and to volunteer, visit www.london-fire.gov.uk.