A celebration event was held last night (November 8) at Northampton’s Guildhall to mark the official launch of the new Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets (NESC) scheme.
The NESC programme, which merges the existing police and fire cadet units (although some will remain specialised), is believed to be the first scheme of its kind in the country to set itself up as an independent charity.
VIPs and invited guests from local councils and organisations including Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service and the East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the launch, which was held in the Grand Hall.
NESC is a programme aimed at 13 to 18 year olds, which strives to give young people the opportunity to learn new skills and take an active role in supporting the work of police, fire and ambulance staff.
More than 200 young people, within 8 units across the county, are now members of NESC; learning skills as diverse as first aid and basic firefighting techniques.
The programme offers the opportunity to follow an action-packed curriculum which has, at its heart, the key skills used by emergency services.
Becoming a cadet involves a variety of activities, including:
Taking on roles as part of disaster training operations with the emergency services
Attending community events such as fun days, road safety events, the balloon festival, Silverstone Circuit events and open days
- Taking part in Remembrance Day parades
- Assisting at local rugby and football matches
- Attending organised trips
- Aiding in test purchase operations (alcohol and cigarettes) with Northamptonshire Police
- The chance to obtain a BTEC in Teamwork and Personal Development
- Fitness development such as taking part in sports
- Training in life-saving first aid skills
- Assisting with some emergency service work such as leaflet drops
NESC Chief Executive Ann-Marie Lawson said: “We are thrilled to have finally launched the NESC programme, which is already proving a popular choice for the young people of Northamptonshire.
“Young people who join the scheme are usually impressed with how action-packed the programme of activities is. It’s great for all those who are interested in an eventual career in the emergency services, or for those who simply want to take up an activity that will both build their confidence and CV, as well as giving them a chance to make new friends.”
Anyone interested in joining next year’s round of cadets in September can email firstname.lastname@example.org