Fire Cadets is a nationally recognised long-term educational programme open to young people, aged 13-17 from all backgrounds.

Each unit operates from one of our local Fire Stations, run by both our Firefighters and Volunteer Cadet Leaders one afternoon/evening per week. As well as real-life Firefighting Skills, our Fire Cadet program provides young people with various life skills including team building, problem-solving, and communication.

The programme syllabus is divided into topics and subject areas of Fire and Rescue with the additional benefit of being aligned with an accredited and nationally recognized qualification.

Here at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service we focus strongly on social action, as a Fire Cadet you will become a service ambassador. Supporting your units at community engagement events, such as open days and charitable events. You will also gain the knowledge to safely educate others about the importance of fire safety and the consequences of anti-social behaviour, like arson.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service currently runs units at:

  • Western Fire and Rescue Station – Tuesdays 16:30 – 18:30
  • Coalville Fire and Rescue Station – Wednesdays 16:30 – 18:30
  • Central Fire and Rescue Station – Thursdays 16:30 – 18:30

We currently charge £15 per term which is paid in advance and all uniform is provided. All uniform must be kept clean and presentable to uphold the standard of appearance.

Please email, if you require more information and to request an application form.

The closing date for applications to be completed and sent back to us is Friday 15 September 2023.


Special Consideration: While the standard age range for joining the Fire Cadets is 13 to 17 years old, we understand that there may be exceptional circumstances where individuals outside this age range may possess the qualities and commitment to contribute effectively to our program. We are open to evaluating such special cases on an individual basis. The decision to consider a candidate outside the standard age range will be made after a thorough assessment of their suitability and potential to thrive in our Fire Cadets program.