Could you become a Young Firefighter?

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service are encouraging young people in Northumberland to sign up and become a Young Firefighter. 
 
The Young Firefighters Association is open to all 13-17 year olds who live in Northumberland and provides a great opportunity for young people within the county to learn valuable skills in firefighting along with an opportunity to meet new people and develop social, communication and leadership skills. 
 
The Young Firefighters meet once a week during term time and have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of tasks and activities. As a Young Firefighter you will get the opportunity to learn firefighting skills, such as: 
  • using fire hoses
  • climbing ladders
  • road traffic collision awareness
  • search and rescue techniques

Each NFRS fire station has a Young Firefighters Association branch, these can be found at; Hexham, Berwick, Alnwick, Wooler, Rothbury, Pegswood and West Hartford. 
 
Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “The Young Firefighter Association provides a great opportunity for the young people of Northumberland to learn and develop skills valuable for any future career. 
 
“We have dedicated training equipment for the Young Firefighters included within their own fire appliance, such as a scaled down version of a fire hose designed specifically for young people, meaning equipment is readily available and you can train in a safe environment.”
 
If you’re interested in finding out whether the Young Firefighters Association is for you, contact nfrs.cadets@northumberland.gov.uk for an application pack and we’ll arrange for you to come along for a free taster session.
 
Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member for the Fire & Rescue Service said: “We are pleased to be able to support the young people of Northumberland and offer them the opportunity to become part of the Young Firefighters Association. 
 
“With access to branches across Northumberland, the Young Firefighters Association not only gives participants the opportunity to build on knowledge about the fire and rescue service with the opportunity to work towards Northumberland's fire cadet award and to apply and progress through the ranks of fire cadets, but to also take part in social activities, community events and competitions organised through the association.”
 
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