Fire Cadets is a nationally recognised long term educational programme open to young people aged 13-18 from all backgrounds. 

Each unit operates from a fire station one afternoon/ evening per week, usually for two hours. Fire Cadets provides young people with various life skills including team work, problem solving and communication. The programme syllabus is modular, divided into topics and subject areas with the additional benefit of being aligned to the accredited and nationally recognised qualification; ASDAN Wider Key Skills.

Cadets will gain confidence to interact with the community and become ambassadors, teaching others about the importance of fire safety and consequences of anti-social behaviour like arson and making hoax 999 calls. There is a strong focus on social action and Cadet groups are supported to work on their own community projects. All cadets are expected to contribute regularly to these activities, which usually take place outside the session times.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service currently runs units at:

  • Western Fire and Rescue Station (Aikman Avenue, Leicester) – Tuesdays 4.30 – 6.30 pm
  • Central Fire and Rescue Station (Lancaster Road, Leicester) – Thursdays 4.30 – 6.30pm
  • Market Harborough Fire and Rescue Station – this is a joint Emergency Services Cadet group with Leicestershire Police which runs every Monday evening from 6.00pm until 8pm.

The cost is £15 per term, usually paid in advance.  If you would like an application form, or need more information, please contact us (details below). Also, adult volunteer instructors are always needed!  If you are over 18 and interested in becoming a volunteer and supporting young people through their journey as a Cadet, then we’d be delighted to talk to you. Please call Helene, Claire or Alex on 0116 229 2124/2091, or e-mail

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