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/