A team of teenagers from Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets (NESC) is celebrating after coming third in the 2018 National Fire Cadets Games.
Having trained weekly through the summer, the seven-strong group went up against 18 teams from across the UK to win a spot on the podium at the event, held last weekend (August 18 to 19) at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.
After winning every game through a series of heats testing their firefighting and rescue skills, the NESC team reached Sunday’s semi-finals where they beat cadets from Suffolk to clinch third place overall.
Michelle Bates, NESC unit commander and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Diversion Officer, said: “The team and I are over the moon to get third place in the UK. We have a lovely glass plaque for our achievements and I’m so proud all our hard work on our training nights proved rewarding.
“The cadets were amazing ambassadors for Northamptonshire and the comments on how smart and well turned-out we looked were endless. The cadet’s sportsmanship was truly admirable, cheering on other teams and shaking hands with fellow competitors.”
The games were won by cadets from joint host Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, followed by a group from Durham and Darlington. Third place went to NESC, and fourth to the Suffolk contingent.
NESC executive director Ann-Marie Lawson said: “It is wonderful to be recognised nationally for the hard work and dedication that our cadets and leaders put into preparing for this event, they are an absolute credit to us all.”
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.
Find out more about volunteering with NESC by emailing email@example.com or visit NES Cadets.