Fire cadets are ready to help
The first fire cadets in Holstebro municipality have finished their education. With support from VELUX FONDEN the young people can proceed in a newly created youth fire brigade. More confidence, courage, involvement and responsibility in their everyday life. This is the feedback from teachers about the seven boys and five girls from Sct. Jørgens Skole, Rolf Krake Skolen and Sønderlandsskolen, who have all completed the program as fire cadets.
The effect is evident, also according to the cadets themselves. One of them called the process "a landmark event in life", according to project manager, Jon A. Jørgensen, who welcomes the positive response.
Newly qualified fire cadet, Jeppe North Toft Simonsen says:
“I think that the fire cadet project is a super cool project that has given me a lot of skills, experiences and knowledge of firefighting, first aid and cooperation. I feel well prepared, if there is an accident or a fire near me. It has given all of us a great spirit of solidarity, and I feel I have grown a lot and learned a lot, and I am sure that I will be using this in the future.”
Without a single drop out, the 12 young people completed a basic course of a week and a 20-week course of one afternoon a week.
At a small event in September 2015, the mayor of Holsterbro, H.C. Østerby presented diplomas to the cadets to mark the end of their training.
”Fire cadet brigade” - an extension of the training of fire cadets.
With a three-year grant from VELUX FONDEN the local project now expand the framework for the project by creating a fire cadet brigade in cooperation with Holstebro Youth School.
“The donation from the foundation for the national project will mean that all our fire cadets who want to join the corps, will be able to continue training one day a week within the new framework. It is a very positive continuation of the project”, says emergency management director, Morten Gräs Jensen .
Holstebro is among six municipalities, that will have a Fire Cadet Corps based on the donation from the foundation.
“With this donation for the project “Fire cadets in Denmark” the foundation wish to motivate more young people from a number of the nation's public housing estates to be part of a fire cadet corps where they will be trained in values such as courage, respect, unity and discipline. In the long term, we wish that participation in a fire cadet corps also motivates and inspires young people in relation to education and future employment”, says the director VELUX FONDEN, Ane Hendriksen.
For futher information
Jon A. Jørgensen, project manager, T + 45 24662339
Morten Gräs Jensen, emergency management director, T +45 21662325
Jeppe Nordtoft Simonsen, fire cadet, T +45 40142476