Securitas hosts firefighting weekend for graduate London Fire Brigade cadets

Securitas recently welcomed top fire cadets to the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh for an action-packed firefighting weekend designed to afford graduate cadets a safe and realistic insight into firefighting. In addition to classroom demonstrations, the young cadets gained hands-on experience as they took part in real-life scenarios under the supervision of Securitas’ trained and skilled fire and safety instructors.

Scenarios included tackling a domestic fire, rescuing casualties from a road traffic accident and administering First Aid at the scene of an incident. The cadets were also taught how to handle breathing apparatus and witnessed a powerful backdraft demonstration.

Across the weekend of 28-29 September, the cadets learned even more about what it means to be a firefighter.

Richard Mills, deputy commissioner and director of operations at the London Fire Brigade, joined the cadets on the first day. He commented: “I’m extremely proud of our London Fire Brigade cadets and inspired by how young people can achieve amazing success given the right opportunities. This exciting, jam-packed weekend, hosted by Securitas UK at the Fire Service College, has allowed 16 of our top fire cadets to experience the absolute realities of firefighter training which I hope helps them to decide if an operational career in the fire brigade is their dream. Securitas UK has hosted firefighting weekends for our cadets for the past four years now and we’re very grateful for the company’s generous and continued support.”

Shaun Kennedy, Country President at Securitas UK, joined the cadets for the weekend, taking part in the activities and presenting the awards. He explained: “As a trusted partner of the London Fire Brigade and a long-time supporter of the fire cadets, it’s always a privilege for us to host this annual firefighting weekend. Watching each cadet develop new skills and gain confidence as they tackle new challenges and overcome all the obstacles we throw at them during the live scenarios is hugely rewarding. It’s wonderful to see how they make new friends and how the group develop a real sense of togetherness. It’s something I hope they’ll carry with them throughout their careers, hopefully as firefighters.”

Kennedy concluded: “It’s a privilege to lead and inspire the next generation of firefighters and I’d like to thank everyone from across Securitas and the London Fire Brigade who willingly dedicate their time and expertise to make this annual event such a wonderful experience for the cadets.”

*To find out more about the London Fire Brigade fire cadets visit https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/community/young-people/fire-cadets/

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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