Firefighting for children & young people

Firefighting for children & young people

Here you will find information on our different courses and programmes for children and young people.

Northumberland Young Firefighters’ Association

The young firefighters’ association is open to people aged 13 to 17 who live in Northumberland. Young firefighters participate in a wide variety of fun and educational activities during weekly meetings (term-time only).

As a young firefighter you will get the chance to learn firefighting skills including:

  • using fire hoses
  • climbing ladders
  • road traffic collision awareness
  • search and rescue techniques
You will also get the chance to develop:
  • team working skills
  • leadership skills
  • communication skills
Meetings are held once a week between 6pm and 8pm at local fire stations.

Watch the video below to find out more. 

Who should consider joining YFA?
You should consider joining if you want to:
  • have fun
  • make new friends
  • develop knowledge and skills valuable for any future career
The association also provides great opportunities for young people who might want to develop their skills and understanding of the fire and rescue service, perhaps because they are interested in a future career as a firefighter.
What will I do at young firefighters?
As a cadet at young firefighters you will learn about the Fire and Rescue Service, including key practical skills such as hose running, pump operation and ladder drills. There is also focus on essential equipment such as road traffic collision rescue tools and breathing apparatus.

You'll get the opportunity to form lasting friendships, build teamwork, leadership and communication skills and to develop your skills and experience into lasting memories. 

You'll be given the opportunity to work towards Northumberland's fire cadet award and to apply and progress through the ranks of fire cadets. 
What other activities do young firefighters get involved in?

Community activities
These can include beach cleaning, fundraising, attending fetes and fairs to provide safety information, and completing home fire safety checks.

Social events
Young firefighters also get plenty of opportunities to attend social events such as ice skating, bowling and team building events. 

The bi-annual drill competition gives young firefighters the chance to showcase their skills and work as teams to compete in a series of firefighting drills, with the chance to become the annual drill competition champions.

Which fire stations currently have young fire association branches?
Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham, Pegswood, Rothbury, Wooler and West Hartford currently have young fire association branches.
Do you think you have what it takes?
Do you think you have what it takes to be a young firefighter? Then get in touch!

Our branches are restricted to 14 cadets per branch. To add your name to the waiting list for a branch you can:
  • download and complete our recruitment forms here, or
  • complete our online form and we will post the recruitment information out to you, or
  • contact the community safety department on 01670 621 158 for more information, or
  • you can find us on Facebook @NorthumberlandYFA

The Prince's Trust programme

The Prince’s Trust team programme is a 12-week personal development course for 16 to 25 year-olds. It offers work experience, practical skills, community projects and a residential week.

During the course, you will uncover hidden talents, assume responsibility for tasks, develop team-working and communication skills as well as gaining awareness of your local community and how you can contribute to it. You will also gain a nationally recognised qualification, which could help you with a future career.

If you would like to join, or receive any further information about the course, please contact:

Ian Moffat: (01670 621147)
Shaun Arundel: (01670 621168)

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Why should I participate in the Prince's Trust programme?

There are lots of reasons to participate, but why not hear it from two members?

“The Prince’s Trust team programme changed my life, giving me confidence and helping me discover skills I never knew I had. The 12-week programme showed me the value of myself and the skills I can bring forward. It gave me the opportunity to participate in community projects, allowing me to give something back. A two-week work placement boosted my skills and CV, and a residential helped me develop my ability to work in a team and much more.
“If it wasn’t for the Prince’s Trust team programme, I would never have been able to achieve what I have since. I don’t think I would be in employment, as I am now, and I doubt I would have had the confidence to work effectively.

“Because of the Prince’s Trust programme, I was nominated for the Prince’s Trust Flying Start Award, winning regionally and being shortlisted to go to London for the nationals. I got to attend a red carpet do with lots of celebrities and it is an experience I will never forget.” - Bethany Cross (age 21)

“In my opinion, I would have never be in the position I am now were it not for The Prince's Trust programme. The programme not only gives and develops key skills needed today in terms of employment; it also helps develop you as a person. That is something I picked up from it.

“I didn’t know much about the world of work when I started the programme but by the time I finished, I felt I had the confidence in myself to go out and make a change. I would recommend the programme to anyone who feels that they have hit a brick wall trying to find employment, needs a new challenge or just wants that bit extra for themselves.” - James Jones (age 20)