Firefighters, non-operational Brigade staff and adults from communities across London volunteer their time, skills and experience to help support each Cadet, helping hundreds of young Londoners to be the best they can.
The programme, which lasts 12 months, helps young people build their confidence while also learning about:
- the use of firefighting equipment and the incidents attended by London Fire Brigade.
- fire safety in the home and the community.
- youth social action activities to make your community safer and better.
- supporting London Fire Brigade at open days and events.
Skills, experience, attributes and qualifications
Our volunteers don't need to have experience of working with young people, just a passion for helping change a young person's life for the better. There are some practical requirements too. To join us, you'll need:
- Minimum age: 18+
- To be willing to commit to regular weeknight evenings and occasional weekends during term time.
- A desire to work with young people.
- Own mobile phone.
Benefits to volunteer
First and foremost, because it's really rewarding, and really good fun. But there are lots of other reasons too:
- Give young people the best possible start – the Fire Cadets makes an incredible difference to young lives. And that's an incredible feeling.
- Be part of the firefighting community – join us as a volunteer, and you join the Brigade family, playing a real role in making London a safer place.
- Make new friends and amazing memories – be a part of some very unique experiences that many people can only dream of!
- Get ahead if you're jobhunting – if you're looking for work, volunteering experience is a great way to prove your skills, and we an act as a reference, too.
- Gain valuable experience – and get free training in safeguarding children, managing challenging behaviour, supervising young people in practical activities and how to assess our BTEC.
- Celebration event
- Volunteer awards
- Detailed reference after three months committed service
Support for volunteers
- Volunteer handbook
- Named supervisor
- Regular supervision
- Online application
- Formal interview
- Informal interview
- DBS check: Yes
- References: Minimum of one reference from a friend, professional or education no minimum length of period to cover
All volunteers are, of course, required to complete mandatory training including an induction into London Fire Brigade, safeguarding children, managing challenging behaviour and assessing our BTEC, as well as undergoing an enhanced DBS check.