It was a proud moment for these youngsters as they passed out at the end of a year learning valuable skills from each of the emergency services.
The Kingswood Academy (Corby) unit of Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets (NESC) had a passing out parade to mark completion of its first full year delivering a tri-service cadet curriculum.
The parade took place at Corby fire station yesterday (Wednesday).
Invited guests included representatives from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, and the county’s police and crime commissioner Stephen Mold.
As well as the parade, the youngsters got the chance to carry out an emergency response scenario involving all three emergency services.
Unit leader PC Chris Vickers of Northamptonshire Police said: “Our first full year has been very successful, and I’ve seen individual cadets develop and become a real team.
“I’m very proud of all our cadets, we started out with 15 individuals and we now have 20 highly dedicated and well-rounded cadets.
“Their performance and contribution to their school and local community is a credit to them all.”
The cadets performed a rescue scenario involving a stolen car crashing into a building and causing a fire.
After fleeing, two of the car’s occupants were arrested, another given first aid, and a casualty was rescued from the burning building while fire fighters put out the blaze.
Following the demonstration, each cadet was presented with certificates of achievement by Darren Dovey, chief fire officer at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Cadet Kiera Billing also received a certificate of appreciation from Northamptonshire Police for helping an injured woman on her way home from school.
Kiera, 14, said: “I always wanted to do something around the work of the emergency services, but didn’t know how.
“The school setting up the unit was my chance – I want to be a paediatrician and NESC is a great way to get started towards that.
“My favourite thing about it all is spending time with the other cadets, we have good fun.
“I’m very proud that we’ve all done our first year and can’t wait to continue.
“We’ll be taking part in community activities over the summer then will be welcoming new cadets once school starts again in September.”
Supt Emily Vernon tweeted about the event and said: “The cadets and their leaders are a very valuable part of our team.”
The school also tweeted about the parade, saying: “Fabulous evening as the emergency services cadets passed out! #BeInspired.”
The Kingswood unit is unique within NESC as it is the only detachment set up within a school.
It is credited with bringing benefits to both its members and the academy as a whole, as well as bringing about positive interactions between students and the police.
Open to teenagers aged 13 to 18, NESC is a joint partnership between the county’s police, fire and ambulance cadets, and is an independent registered charity.
Through NESC, young people are given the chance to learn more about the roles of police, fire and ambulance staff, and support the work of the emergency services within their communities.
For more information about the initiative, go to www.nescadets.co.uk.