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