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FIRE cadets from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) are celebrating passing a youth programme run by the Service that means they now each have a recognised qualification along with many life skills.
Nine teenagers gathered on the evening of Tuesday, August 19, when they were presented with certificates after successfully completing the two-year course at Manchester Central and Wythenshawe fire stations.
GMFRS' Assistant County Fire Officer Peter O'Reilly handed the young people their well-deserved certificates at the celebration event at the Training and Development Centre in Manchester, where they were joined by family, friends and staff from GMFRS.
Firefighter Lewis Jeffery, who is also a Cadet Instructor, said: "The cadets from Manchester Central and Wythenshawe are the first group to pass the scheme in Manchester Borough, with 15 finishing it in total.
"The cadets were proud to receive their certificates for passing the course by ACFO Peter O'Reilly, and as a tribute to Firefighter Stephen Hunt two of them also received the Manchester Cadets of the Year Award.
"Watch Manager Neil Helmrich from Philips Park Fire Station, where Stephen worked, presented Jodie Leigh-Forster and Aqib Hussain with a personal shield and the special award. We felt the two cadets had gone above and beyond what was expected from them during the two years and the award will be kept at the fire station on display."
GMFRS staff members took to the stage to speak about the cadets and about the youth scheme run by the Service. These were Firefighter and Cadet Instructor Lewis Jeffery, Youth Engagement Co-ordinator and Cadet Instructor Megan Crossley, Community Safety Advisor and Cadet Instructor Angela Baker and Station Manager Jim Bridge.
Lewis continued: "Throughout the course the teenagers completed a number of assignments including a range of areas such as breathing apparatus, road traffic collision, ladder drills - meaning that they now all hold a BTEC Level 2 in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.
"Five of the 15 cadets have been successful with applications for junior cadet instructors so will carry on at the two units in Manchester and the others will continue their education at college and some are keen to become apprentices or volunteers with us."
Those who passed the course are: Sidra Asif, Samad Ahmed, Javeria Fatima, Hamid Khorsand, Kyle Power, Shahzeb Mazhar, Mohammed Ulhaq, Omeir Khan, Aqib Hussain, Alex Sweetman, Dominic Salem, Jodie-Leigh Forster, Mark Howell, Jade Hoarey and Jason Bullows. Those who couldn't make it will receive their certificates at a later date.
If you know a young person who would like to apply for a future cadet course more information can be found on our website: http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/community_work/fire_cadets.aspx