16 August 2018
The cadets lined up

​Young emergency services cadets are preparing to put their firefighting skills to the test as they take part in the inaugural National Fire Cadets Games.

Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets (NESC) teaches teenagers about the work of the county’s fire, police and ambulance services, and is sending a seven-strong team to the event, taking place this weekend (August 18-19) at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.

The teenagers, aged 14 to 17, will face challenges including knot-tying, fire hazard spotting, casualty rescue, and constructing an emergency dam to provide water for fire hoses.

One task the cadets will face is building a dam using ladders, tarpaulin and rope

Competing under timed conditions, the team will also have to negotiate a range of obstacles and needs to carry out each task perfectly to avoid penalty points.

A series of heats will whittle competitors down ahead of the grand final on Sunday, where the winning team will be crowned National Fire Cadets Champions 2018.

Michelle Bates, NESC unit commander and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Diversion Officer, said: “We held selection tests across all six NESC units to select our team, and we’ve been practising every week through the summer to be ready for this competition.

“The cadets have all been really dedicated and we’re looking forward to showing what we can do!”

About NESC

Open to teenagers aged 13 to 18, NESC is an independent registered charity which teaches young people about the roles of police, fire and ambulance staff, and enables them to support the work of the emergency services within their communities.

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