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Our Service carries out work with young people each week throughout the year. Below is just some of that work.
Our Service’s Fire Cadets from Croxteth helped to highlight safety messages and a new project that involves local primary school pupils.
The demonstration at Stockbridge Primary School was also highlighting a new project – Emergency Service Cadets, which has seen eight pupils at the school complete a 12-week course run by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service with the Croxteth Fire Cadets, who are on a two-year course and completing a BTEC in Peer Education.
activities giving the children the opportunity to develop key life skills and learn about the role and the importance of the partner organisations. The long-term intention is that the young people will remain engaged citizens, contributing to positive activities in their local community. The programme is based at Stockbridge Primary School, Stockbridge Village, who helped to provide the programme for Year 6 pupils who are aged 10-11.”
Group Manager Ben Ryder, said: “The Croxteth Fire Cadets who took part in the demonstration have achieved a lot so far in their course, which is a rolling programme, making a difference in their community and they are a credit to their schools and families.
“Croxteth Fire Cadets is a long-term comprehensive education and development scheme aimed at young people aged 14 to 18, allowing participants to take part in Fire and Rescue led activities at a local fire station one evening per week as well as many community projects out of school.
“Fire Cadets is facilitated by both frontline firefighters and non-operational staff from within the Service. It is designed to provide young people from a mix of gender, ethnicity, backgrounds and abilities with positive opportunities to improve community cohesion, provide them with a range of vocational qualifications and develop their life skills by enhancing key citizenship skills through a structured and varied range of fire and rescue service-led activities.”
The Croxteth Fire Cadets course is run by Susan Potter and Brian Welsh, who also attended the school demonstration.
The Fire Cadets programme has been running at Croxteth Community Fire Station and the Service’s Training and Development Academy for nearly five years and currently has 14 members from the local community.
Croxteth Fire Cadets, as part their project, complete a BTEC Level 2 in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community and are starting their Duke of Edinburgh Awards this year which each include - Roles and Responsibilities of the Fire and Rescue Service, Community Safety, History of the Fire Service, Fire Service equipment, Anti-Social Behaviour, Health and Safety, Community Projects, Team Building and much more.
Guests at the school demonstration included Knowsley District Manager Gary Oakford and councillors who are members of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority.
Susan Potter said: “The new project – Emergency Service Cadets has seen its first group of primary children complete the course which covers a wide range of

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