Youngsters have a burning ambition

Lowedges fire cadets
Lowedges fire cadets
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A SCHEME to get youngsters involved in their local community is proving a blazing success.

Teenagers in Low Edges have been invited to become fire cadets - learning firefighting skills and taking part in team-building exercises.

The youngsters, aged 13 to 17, attend Low Edge’s fire station once a week, where they are taught by members of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service.

The fire cadets have just received a boost after Sheffield Homes granted them £3,300, which has been used to buy a portable pump that is being used as a training aid on the scheme.

Les Benn, south west area manager for Sheffield Homes, said: “It is a great opportunity for local young people to take part in a wide range of demanding activities, learn a variety of skills - while, of course, enjoy themselves at the same time.

“Residents felt this was an important project for youngsters in Low Edges and wanted to help by bidding for funding.”

Stuart Nicholson, from South Yorkshire Fire Brigade, said: “Over 60 young people in the Low Edges area have taken part in the scheme so far, and with this funding we hope many more will benefit.”

■ Young people interested in joining the Fire Cadets at Low Edges should email Stuart Nicholson at snicholson@syorkshirefire.gov.uk or call him on 0114 2727202.