Proud family and friends of young cadets watched them showcase their emergency response skills at an event celebrating the completion of their first full year of training.
On Wednesday, July 4, the Kingswood Academy (Corby) unit of Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets (NESC) performed a live scenario at Corby fire station as part of a passing out parade.
NESC teaches teenagers aged 13 to 18 about the work of the police, fire and ambulance services, with cadets attending weekly term-time sessions as well as volunteering within their communities. The Kingswood unit is the only one to operate within a school.
Unit leader, PC Chris Vickers of Northamptonshire Police, said: “Our first full year has been very successful, and I’ve seen individual cadets develop and become a real team.
“I’m very proud of all our cadets, we started out with 15 individuals and we now have 20 highly dedicated and well-rounded cadets. Their performance and contribution to their school and local community is a credit to them all.”
The cadets performed a rescue scenario involving a stolen car crashing into a building and causing a fire. After fleeing, two of the car’s occupants were arrested, another given first aid, and a casualty was rescued from the burning building while fire fighters put out the blaze.
A proud achievement
Following the demonstration, each cadet was presented with certificates of achievement by Darren Dovey, Chief Fire Officer at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Cadet Kiera Billing also received a certificate of appreciation from Northamptonshire Police for helping an injured woman on her way home from school.
Kiera, 14, said: “I always wanted to do something around the work of the emergency services, but didn’t know how. The school setting up the unit was my chance – I want to be a paediatrician and NESC is a great way to get started towards that.
“My favourite thing about it all is spending time with the other cadets, we have good fun. I’m very proud that we’ve all done our first year and can’t wait to continue.
“We’ll be taking part in community activities over the summer then will be welcoming new cadets once school starts again in September.”
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