Fire Cadets is a National uniformed cadet group. West Midlands Fire Service have 12 branches across the West Midlands area. These branches are open to all young people aged 11 –16 years old.

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What do we do?

The Fire Cadets are a dedicated uniformed youth movement, which is open to all young people from the age of 11- 18 regardless of gender, race or religion. The association aims to provide young people with the opportunity to develop their skills and coordination through training and discipline.

Some of the practical skills children can be taught are:

  • Basic Fire-fighting drills
  • Fire Safety in the home
  • Fire extinguishing media and their use
  • First aid
  • Team work
  • Team building
  • Map reading
  • Survival skills
  • Climbing
  • Caving
  • Marching
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The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

This Award, known by many different names throughout the world, is a method by which a young person’s leisure activity may be structured to attain targets in personal skills, physical recreation, expeditions into open country, and service to the community. When targets in these areas are completed and verified, the young person receives an award, which becomes progressively more challenging at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. The Young Firefighters Association encourages all members to undertake the award scheme, and many Y.F.A activities help members to fulfill the goals of the award.


Charitable Activities

The Fire Cadets themselves raise money by group activities such as washing cars and use the money raised in many good works, including free supply and fitting of smoke detector alarms to old and disabled people in the community. Fire Cadet fundraising has also helped pay for guide dogs for blind people and assistance to their families of Firefighters killed on duty.

Adventure Activities

The Fire Cadets undertake activities such as camping, canoeing and abseiling, cave exploration and many other forms of adventure activity for the members. These activities are usually structures to fulfil the “skills” and “expeditions” sections of the Duke of Edinburgh’ Award.

As well as practical skills and activities, there are great life skills to be learnt too, here are some examples::

  • Communication
  • Interview techniques
  • Personal development
  • Self discipline
  • Self Esteem
  • Drug, solvent and alcohol abuse awareness

Where are we based?

We have branches based across the West Midlands which run on different days – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. See our lists below for which branches run on which days.

The branches with (SEND) stand for ‘Special educational needs and disability’ – these branches do almost all of the same activities, but the activities are tailored to suit young people with specialist needs.



Foleshill (SEND)





Oldbury (SEND)






Wolverhampton (SEND)


West Bromwich

How to apply

To apply, or register your interest with one of our Fire Cadet branches, please use the button below to go to our application page. This can also be used for application of interest, and you are not under obligation to join if you do not wish to.

Fire Cadet Application