Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Police have jointly opened a new cadet base in the city to boost engagement with young people.
The base will be situated at Hyson Green Youth Club.
The new joint cadet base is the latest collaboration between both organizations and it's hoped it will encourage further engagement with young people.
The eight-week programme is set to begin in September, following a pilot of the scheme which culminated in a presentation evening yesterday (Tuesday 25 June).
Bryn Coleman, Area Manager at NFRS and the Service’s Collaboration Lead said: “This joint venture presents us with a unique and exciting way to engage with young people.
“The cadets will not only learn the benefits of team work and build their confidence through the training, but also receive life-saving fire safety advice in an engaging way.
“They’ll also get a chance to take part in some of the drills and work that our firefighters do. Who knows – maybe we may see them on station one day!”
Chief Inspector Suk Verma said: "The unique collaborative cadet base is fantastic news for the young people of Nottingham and also the local community in Hyson Green. It demonstrates that we can work together both at major incidents, but also at a grass roots level”
"The force's current volunteer police cadet programme are doing some great work currently on a number of projects and schemes.
"We are bringing in new and innovative methods to offer our local youth the chance to learn about Policing, but most importantly good values. Recently we have broken down barriers to allow everyone to apply to become a police cadet with Nottinghamshire Police.
"We have expanded our mini police and Cadet structure into the inner city areas, whereby trust and confidence towards the police still remains a challenge.
"This move will allow the force to give early intervention advice and provide us a real outlet to reach those underrepresented groups and build strong relationships for the future.