Volunteering with Fire Cadets :: Inspiring Young People :: Developing your Skills

Our Fire Cadet Units across the UK are only possible because of our Volunteer Adult Instructors- will you join them

What are Fire Cadets?

Firefighters, non-operational staff and adults from communities across the UK volunteer their time, skills and experience to help support each cadet unit, helping thousands of young people to be the best they can be.

Why volunteer with Fire Cadets?

5 reasons to to support Fire Cadets:
First and foremost, because it’s really rewarding and really good fun. But there are lots of other reasons too:

  1. Give young people the best possible start – Fire Cadets make an incredible difference to young lives. And that’s an incredible feeling
  2. Be part of the firefighting community – join us as a volunteer and you join the fire service family, playing a real role in making the UK safer for everyone.
  3. Make new friends and amazing memories – be part of some unique experiences that many people can only dream of
  4. Get ahead if you’re jobhunting – if you’re looking for work, volunteering experience is a great way to prove your skills, and your fire service will be able to act as a reference too.
  5. Gain valuable experience – and get free training in safeguarding children, managing challenging behaviour, supervising young people in practical activities and how to assess qualifications.

What to expect - what happens, where and when?

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How often will you be expected to help?

Volunteers typically help one evening a week, which varies depending on location. Your help may also be requested for occasion weekends.

What happens at a Fire Cadets session?

The programme helps young people build their confidence while also learning about:

  • The use of firefighting equipment and incidents attended by the fire and rescue service
  • Basic first aid and what to do in an emergency
  • Fire safety in the home and the community
  • Youth social action to make your community safer and better
  • Fundraising for local, national and international charities
  • Supporting the fire and rescue service at open days and events


What will I learn as a Volunteer Instructor?

In return, you can have the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills as well as having the chance to complete a number of accredited courses* including:

  • Drill Yard Supervision
  • Level 1 Safeguarding Children
  • Managing Challenging Behaviour
  • Equality and Diversity

    *Types of qualifications and training opportunities vary by Fire and Rescue Service.

 What skills and experience do I need?

Our volunteers don’t need to have experience of working with young people, just a passion for helping change young peoples lives for the better. There are some practical requirements too. To join us, you’ll need:

  • To be over the age of 18
  • To be willing to commit to regular weeknight evenings and occasional weekends during term times.
  • A desire to work with young people

All volunteers will be required to undertake the appropriate induction training and any mandatory training required by the recruiting fire and rescue service, as well as undergo an enhanced DBS check

Where can I volunteer?

Volunteer recruitment is led by your local participating fire and rescue service. Go to our “Find Fire Cadets” page to find details contact details.