Fire cadets in ur­gent call for new re­cruits

Peo­ple show love for na­ture

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRITTON

FIRE cadet units have made a des­per­ate plea for vol­un­teers or they could risk clo­sure.

Cheshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice runs fire cadet units in Mac­cles­field, Bolling­ton and Poyn­ton to give young peo­ple aged 12-17 a chance to learn ba­sic fire­fighter skills, par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties and gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions in­clud­ing Duke of Ed­in­burgh awards. But the units rely on vol­un­teers and need more help. The fire ser­vice said with­out more vol­un­teers the units could be at risk of clo­sure.

Nick Evans, head of preven­tion at the fire ser­vice, said: “There is prob­a­bly a bit of a myth about vol­un­teer­ing with fire cadets that you need some kind of fire­fighter ex­pe­ri­ence, but that’s sim­ply not true. There’s no set pro­file and no need to have a back­ground in the fire and res­cue ser­vice. You do, how­ever, need drive and com­mit­ment in help­ing young peo­ple thrive in your lo­cal com­mu­nity and that’s all we are ask­ing for.

“We are ur­gently look­ing for peo­ple from all walks of life to help with our cadets and would urge any­one with a cou­ple of hours spare each week to get in touch.”

Cheshire Fire Cadets was set up 24 years ago and has 24 units. The ser­vice has around 100 adult vol­un­teers who lead cadets.

Nick added: “If you speak to any of our vol­un­teer cadet staff they will tell you they do it be­cause they love it. They en­joy the fun, friend­ship, ac­tion, ad­ven­ture and prac­ti­cal ac­tiv­i­ties the fire cadets pro­vides. They also en­joy mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to young peo­ple in their com­mu­nity.

“All we ask is that you are able to give up one evening a week for a drill night. I know that once you’ve joined you’ll never look back.”

The Mac­cles­field unit meets at Mac­cles­field Fire Sta­tion on Wednes- day nights. Call 07964 109016 or email cadet19@ cheshire­fire.

Bolling­ton cadets meet at Bolling­ton Fire Sta­tion on Tues­days and are avail­able on 07964 109281 or email cadet20@ cheshire­fire.

The Poyn­ton Fire Sta­tion cadet unit meets on a Wed­nes­day night and can be con­tacted on 07964 109278 or email cadet22@ cheshire­fire.

Call the Youth En­gage­ment Team on 01606 868654, email vicky. wrest@ cheshire­fire. gov. uk or down­load the ap­pli­ca­tion pack from cheshire f i re. gov. uk/ jobs/ vol­un­teers/ cadetleader-vol­un­teers. PEO­PLE in Rainow cel­e­brated Valen­tine’s Day by pledg­ing their love for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Mem­bers of Rainow Women’s In­sti­tute vis­ited Rainow Pri­mary School to teach pupils about cli­mate change as part of the ‘Show the Love’ cam­paign. To­gether they made 180 green hearts which were then placed in the trees at Rainow’s Trin­ity Gar­den and around the school.

Cindy Brock­ing­ton, from the WI, said: “This was in sup­port of the Cli­mate coali­tion ‘Show the Love’ cam­paign. Each heart car­ried a mes­sage show­ing the love of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment which is un­der threat from global warm­ing.

“The whole school com­mu­nity was keen to get be­hind the ‘Show the Love’ cam­paign and the chil­dren were ea­ger to get cre­ative with their green hearts.

“It is hoped that these green hearts will stim­u­late con­ver­sa­tions and raise aware­ness of the threat that cli­mate change poses to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

At the Fe­bru­ary meet­ing of Rainow WI the ef­fects of cli­mate change were dis­cussed and David Brock­ing­ton, spoke of how res­i­dents can make an ef­fort to curb global warm­ing.

Rainow WI and pupils from Rainow Pri­mary School sent a love let­ter to the en­vi­ron­ment.

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