Fire Cadet Overview

Fire Cadets is a nationally recognised programme designed to engage with young people aged 13-18.

Fire Cadet Units normally operate from a local fire station or sometimes at a specific school or other community location.

Young people attend one session per week (the same night every week) during school term times.

Current Cadet Units

  • St Helens – Parr Stocks Road (Tuesdays 6-8pm)
  • Wirral – Wallasey Fire Station (Thursdays 6-8pm)
  • Liverpool – Croxteth Fire Station (Tuesdays 6.15 – 8.15pm)
  • Sefton – Bootle/Netherton Fire Station (Wednesday 6-8pm)
  • Sefton – Southport Fire Station (Wednesday 6.15-8.15pm)


  • Physical Firefighting Drills:
    Hose Drills, Foam Drills, Hydrant Drills, Search & Rescue, Fire Extinguishers
  • Fire Safety Awareness:
    Hoax calls, Arson, Bonfire/Firework, Safety in the Home, Fire Escape Plans, Smoke Alarms
  • First Aid
  • Road Safety Awareness
  • Water Safety Awareness
  • Visit to 999 Fire Control Room
  • Fundraising
  • Community Engagement (helping out at events, helping vulnerable members of the community)
  • Guest Speakers:
    Other Uniformed Services, Charitable organisations, local representatives
  • Learning about the Prevention & Protection department in the Fire Service


  • Provide the opportunity to learn about, engage with and experience the Fire & Rescue Service
  • Support young people to make a positive contribution to society
  • Provide safe, fun and enriching experiences
  • The course is delivered with the aim of encouraging self-development of the students by instilling fundamental Fire Service principles of self-discipline, leadership and teamwork.
  • To develop wider key skills in communication, problem solving and how to work with others – to increase confidence, raise self-esteem and inspire young people to make positive life choices for their futures


  • Assist young people to develop self-discipline
  • Promote community involvement
  • Develop fire safety knowledge in young people
  • Develop personal safety knowledge in young people
  • Provide the opportunity to obtain a range of certification and accreditation


Fire Cadets can stay in the unit until they are 17 years old, unless they wish to become a Junior Instructor and support other cadets.

At 18 years old, a cadet can become a Volunteer Fire Cadet Instructor


*Subject to availability, cadets will work towards most of the following:

  • BTEC Level 2 Award in Fire & Rescue Services in the Community *
  • Asdan Activities Award *
  • Level 1 Fire Cadet Award
  • First Aid Awareness
  • Completion Certificate (given every 12 months)


The Fire Cadet programme is fully inclusive and open to all young people from a mix of backgrounds representative of the local community.

Potential cadets must complete an application/consent form and subject to numbers of interested cadets, may be invited to attend an interview.

Cadets are subject to a probation/induction to access their suitability (normally 6 weeks). On completion of this induction, cadets will be issued a Fire Cadet uniform, which must be worn weekly