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Lincoln fire crew cadets excel in national competition

A group of young cadets from Lincoln have taken part in the UK’s “Toughest Young Fire Crew” challenge.

Teams from six fire services across the country took part in the event designed to challenge the skills of young firefighters.

A group of six teenagers represented Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue finished second in the competition, closely behind hosts and winners Essex. 

The cadets were put through their paces as they worked as a team to rescue casualties trapped in vehicles and buildings. 

They also went head-to-head in tasks using firefighting equipment and spotting fire hazards through home fire safety checks.

Mark Bennett, youth engagement officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “This is the first time our young cadets have entered a national competition so we are immensely proud of what they have achieved. 

“The cadets train every week and we teach them the same practical and technical skills that our firefighters have.

“If you are interested in becoming a firefighter when you are older this is a fantastic programme to get involved with and this result shows that we are developing our cadets as well as any other fire service in the country.”

The Lincoln Cadets train on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-9pm at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue HQ and the programme is open to all 14-17 year olds.

For more information about becoming a young firefighter please visit the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue website or call 01522 582296.