Fire

Firefighting weekend

by Mark Rowe

The contractor Securitas has hosted a firefighting weekend in Gloucestershire for London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) top 12 graduate cadets. On September 1 and 2, at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, the two-day experience gave the graduate cadets a safe and realistic insight into firefighting.

After classroom guidance and demonstrations, the cadets were put to the test through controlled real-life scenarios – a chance for them to gain experience under the supervision of instructors. Scenarios included tackling a domestic fire, rescuing casualties from an RTA and administering first aid. In addition, the cadets received homaltro tool training, were taught how to handle breathing apparatus and witnessed a backdraft demonstration.

LFB Commissioner, Dany Cotton, joined the cadets on day two, taking part in exercises and presenting awards at the end. Addressing the cadets, Dany said: “I saw something in each and every one of you today. You have the right skills and attributes to join LFB – be proud of what you’ve achieved. This weekend would not have been possible without Securitas – thank you for allowing this to happen.”

Shaun Kennedy, Director of Specialist Protective Services at Securitas UK said: “As a trusted partner to LFB and long-time supporter of Fire Cadets, it was a privilege to host this weekend. It was truly rewarding to watch this talented group of cadets overcome all challenges and apply themselves to the highest standards. Witnessing first-hand the personal achievements of each cadet, and listening to their positive feedback, makes it all worthwhile. A number of people from Securitas and LFB dedicated their time and expertise to make this weekend happen and I would like to thank each of them for their commitment.”

To find out more about the LFB Fire Cadets visit https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/community/young-people/fire-cadets/.

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