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Derbyshire Fire Cadets

  • Are you aged 13 to 16 as at 31st August 2021?
  • Are you able to commit to attending cadets for the next 2 years?
  • Would you like an exciting and unique opportunity to develop your personal skills in team work, leadership and citizenship through undertaking firefighter activities?

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are proud to run National Cadet Units across Derbyshire.

What is Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Fire Cadets?

Derbyshire Fire Cadets is an enjoyable 2 year programme where young people commit to attend one night a week at one of our four cadet units during term time.

A typical unit consists of 15 Cadets, all from varied and diverse backgrounds, aged between 13 and 16. The units are supported by our youth officers, operational firefighters and senior fire cadets.

The programme provides young people with an insight into working within the fire service, and provides exciting and unique opportunity to:

  • Work alongside experienced Fire Cadet Instructors.
  • Develop transferable, practical skills for future training or employment.
  • Gain a nationally recognised BTEC qualification and a certificate in First Aid.
  • Increase your knowledge of fire safety.
  • Enhance key citizenship skills and build confidence.
  • Work in partnership with other uniformed cadet organisations.
  • Play supportive roles in their local community and develop positive peer relationships.
  • And represent Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service at prestigious events.

Where and when are the courses run?

The Cadet units run at the following times and locations:

Fire Station Date Time
Shirebrook Monday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Staveley Tuesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Ilkeston Wednesday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Ascot Drive Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm

How can I join?

To join, please click your preferred Fire Cadet station link after which you will be directed to our application form.

  • Apply to join our Shirebrook Fire Cadet Course **
  • Apply to join our Stavely Fire Cadet Course **
  • Apply to join our Ilkeston Fire Cadet Course **
  • Apply to join our Ascot Drive Fire Cadet Course **

** Unfortunately due to the overwhelming response to young people wanting to join DFRS Fire Cadets, we are unable to accept any more applications to join. If you would like to explore joining other uniformed youth organisations in Derbyshire, please visit Thank you for your interest

As part of the application process you and a parent or guardian will be required to attend an information session at your chosen station. This will give you an opportunity to see what Fire Cadets are all about, meet some of the instructors, and ask any questions you may have. Dates for these sessions are to be arranged.

The dates for the information sessions are: ​​​​​

Fire Station Date Time
Shirebrook Monday 26th July 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Staveley Tuesday 27th July 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Ilkeston Wednesday 28th July 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Ascot Drive Thursday 29th July 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Once you have submitted your application you will be sent an email to book onto one of the information sessions to be held either online or at the relevant fire station or online, depending on what the Covid safety protocols for DFRS are at the time of the information evening.

If you cannot attend the session of your preferred Cadet Unit, you can request to attend an information session at one of the other cadet units by contacting the Youth Team directly on 01773 305491 or via email Prevention&InclusionAdmin@Derbys-Fire.Gov.UK

If you want to see what our current cadets are getting up to, you can follow them on:
Twitter @YouthDfrs and Instagram @youthdfrs

For any further enquiries please contact the Youth Team on 01773 305496

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is part of Youth United Foundation, which is a network of voluntary youth groups in the county. If you are interested in exploring cadet and youth group opportunities elsewhere within Derbyshire, visit the Youth United Foundation.