Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire
Fire Rescue Service's joint cadet scheme continues to inspire young adults with
cadets undergoing practical skills and theoretical learning.
The joint base was set-up in September 2019
following a successful eight-week trial. The Police Force has more than 200 cadets
signed-up and it's hoped this joint base will be replicated across the county
to engage more with the younger generation.
There are currently 15 cadets at the joint
base, from a variety of backgrounds, who regularly attend Highfields Fire
Station every week, with cadet leaders from Fire and Police.
Cadets have now been getting involved in a
range of activities including; physical training such as the bleep test, Fatal
Four – Road Safety, first aid training, stop and search, neighbourhood policing
visits, virtual reality road traffic collisions, fire science and fire
The exercises are set up by working
collaboratively with both fire and police. Watch Manager Kevin Ruane, Fire
Fighter Rebbecca Meachin and Police Officer Lynne Hart all join forces to
provide the best experience to the cadets.
Lessons are not just in the classroom; NFRS
has provided bespoke cadet ladder training, hydrant drills and practical road
traffic collision skills. The Police will cover anti-social behaviour, custody
and airwave communication. These are just a few of the thought-provoking exercises
that are to come for the cadets.
Watch Manager Kevin Ruane said: “The joint
cadets are all eager to learn more about the emergency services. The
collaboration of Fire and Police has resulted in the cadets having a broader
understanding of public service and has allowed them to develop their personal
and professional skills.”
Schools and Early Intervention officer Lynne
Hart said: “ We are delighted with the progress of the joint base. The force
has had an established Cadet programme which has ran for many years and worked
with hundreds of young adults.
"The force has more than 200 cadets across
the county at our 13 bases, with a mixture of senior and junior cadets between
the ages of 11 and 18-years-old. We continue to work closely with the Fire
Service and it's hoped one day in the future we will expand our collaborative
"The force is working hard to ensure
each of our bases house a percentage of vulnerable youths following our work in
the community, which stems from the introduction of bases
such as Sherwood and Bulwell’s Lyrico Steede Cadet base."
The joint cadet scheme is the one of the
wide range of collaboration projects between us and our emergency service
partners; other successful joint initiatives include; a shared welfare vehicle
for firefighters and police officers to use at incidents, the joint drone
usage, a joint school's education and road safety initiatives.