A SCHOOL pupil is trying to boost recruitment for the fire cadets after no new Uttoxeter candidates applied for vacant roles.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is trying to get recruits for its Uttoxeter young fire cadets scheme.
But bosses were ‘disappointed’ when 15-year-old Harry Alcock, who was already part of the scheme, was the only youngster from Uttoxeter to register his interest.
Harry, who studies at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, is now trying to highlight the benefits of being a cadet in the hope others get involved.
He said: “I’ve been a cadet since 2012 and did 12 months at Stone station.
“That scheme closed down recently and the Uttoxeter branch opened up, which was great for me as I live in town.
“The skills you learn are absolutely invaluable.
“You meet a lot of new friends, which is brilliant, but the teamwork skills you learn are even better.
“The possible careers you can prepare for in the cadets is pretty wide-ranging and it looks good on your CV too.
“For me, it’s perfect, because I want to be a firefighter, hopefully as a retained firefighter in Uttoxeter.”
Harry has been canvassing for more members in recent months and said he was ‘surprised’ to hear there were no candidates from Uttoxeter.
He said: “When I spoke to people about the scheme the response was very positive and a lot of people registered their interest.”
Skills taught include firefighting techniques, use of breathing apparatus, managing road accidents, first aid, casualty care and fire safety.
Anyone who wants to get involved can do so by contacting firefighter Phil Mulligan on 01785 898628 or eamiling firstname.lastname@example.org.