Every day we carry out a range of activities with young people to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities.

Young Firefighters’ Association (YFA) and Fire Cadets

The YFA and Fire Cadets are uniformed cadet groups helping to develop life skills, aimed at young people aged 11 to 16 years old, based across the West Midlands.

Long-term branches tend to recruit young people at the age of 11 and work with them until they’re 16, when they either leave to chase their own dreams, or enrol as an instructor. The YFA also run shorter programmes, usually between 12 to 20 weeks, aimed at 11 to 18 year olds.

The Fire Cadets also form part of a national model in which 26 fire services across the country are working with young people.

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Fire Safety Tutoring (FST)

Our tutors work closely with children aged 3 to 18 years old that have misused or shown an unhealthy interest in fire. Each case is assessed individually, and resources are available to work with a range of needs. Tutors work on a two-to-one basis either in the young person’s home, school or on a fire station.

Fire Intervention Reparation and Education (Fire)

The 30-hour Fire programme is run by our staff and firefighters for young people who have or are at risk of offending, or have shown challenging behaviour. Through high supervision we can channel young people’s energy to achieve positive results, as well as looking at the consequences of actions, with the end view of behaviour modification.

The course includes elements of the history of the fire service, the science of fire, as well as practical activities using hose pipes and ladders to help youngsters to learn together and support each other. It also carries with it accredited first aid and Open College Network qualifications.

To finish the programme, participants put on a full display of all the skills they have learned as part of a Fire Service Pass-out Parade.

Vocational Learning

Our 30-hour accredited programme is designed for young people aged 12 to 16 years old. We work with schools and locally based youth groups to give participants an understanding of life in the workplace, and the skills to assist them in life choices. Throughout their time with us they’re encouraged to think and make decisions for themselves, but also to work as part of a team.

Accredited Programmes

We offer a number of other programmes which we are an approved centre for:

  • Open College Network courses at Level 1 or Level 2
  • BTEC, Fire and Rescue Services in the Community at  Award, Certificate and Diploma level.
  • ASDAN courses are available, or we can offer a programme for schools to gain units towards.

In addition, we provide training for those who are working with groups in the outdoors and run a Basic Expedition Leaders course awarded by Sports Leaders.

All of our instructors undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and are provided with the relevant training to deliver high quality programmes. We take our responsibility for the safety and welfare of children we work with extremely seriously – you can see more about how we look after vulnerable young people in our Safeguarding Policy.

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