Fire Cadets

Sunderland Central Young Firefighters training

Are you aged 13 to 17?

Do you want to:

  • Find out how the Fire Service contributes to society and promotes fire safety?

  • Develop your personal safety and fire safety knowledge?

  • Increase your communication and leadership skills?

  • Develop your self-esteem and self-confidence?

  • Improve your self-discipline, social consciousness, and sense of community belonging?

  • Develop mentally, physically and morally?


Who are the Fire Cadets?

We're a uniformed youth organisation designed to provide the young people of Tyne and Wear aged between 13 and 17 years old with training and personal development opportunities principally through Fire and Rescue Service related activities.


Weekly meetings

At the weekly meetings, Fire Cadets enjoy activities like:

  • Hose running

  • Team building games

  • Learning about the fire and rescue service


You’ll also be able to:

  • Represent the Fire and Rescue Service at ceremonial occasions

  • Display your skills at open days, summer fairs and other events



The Fire Cadets started in September 1992. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service worked in partnership with the Newcastle City Challenge to opened its first branch of the Young Firefighters Association at the West Fire Station.

The primary objective was to strengthen the social and community infrastructure, which had become fragile after the inner city disturbance.

Young people who were accepted into the organisation came from a wide and varied background.

The association welcomed young people from all backgrounds.

This fine balance of character and personality helped to set the foundations for the Fire Cadets.