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Hills Group sponsor Fire Cadet programme

Swindon fire cadets

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Cadet programme continues in Wiltshire

THE Hills Group has sponsored the intake of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Fire Cadet programme for a third year in both Swindon and Trowbridge. The cadet courses are well under way for the 2021/22 cohort, with the new intake of young people aged between 13 and 18 having started in September.

The cadets have been taking part in practical activities, mirroring those undertaken by full-time firefighters, help to develop confidence and self-esteem, as well as teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Ian Hopkins, prevention delivery manager with the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘We are extremely grateful for the support The Hills Group have previously provided for the benefit of young people in Swindon and Wiltshire, and we are delighted they have pledged further funding for the 2021/2022 Fire Cadet programme.

‘Now we have returned to delivering our cadet courses after a one-year absence due to the pandemic, this sponsorship will help us provide positive activity to young people at a time when they are likely to need it most. The support from Hills is invaluable, as it covers the costs of the uniform, equipment, and resources required to run the weekly sessions.’

The aim of the Fire Cadet programme is to support the development of young people by providing a positive role model and giving them opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities. Upon completion of the course, they will obtain a Level 2 BTEC qualification,

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