Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has been recognised as a licensed organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the Award’s 60th anniversary.
NIFRS offers young people the opportunity to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award through its Fire Cadet Scheme which runs from September to May every year.
Following the event at Buckingham Palace, NIFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley said: “We have been giving our young Fire Cadets in Cookstown and Newry the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Since we introduced it in 2013 we are delighted to report that we have had a 100% completion rate.
“I would like to thank our Firefighters and also our civilian leaders in both Cookstown and Newry who volunteer as Fire Cadet leaders. They have worked tirelessly and sacrificed substantial amounts of their free time to attend Duke of Edinburgh Training Courses which has enabled NIFRS to be recognised as a licensed organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We are indebted to those staff and community-based leaders who are committed to supporting young people develop lifelong skills and realise their aspirations.
“We hope to extend the Duke of Edinburgh Award to our other Fire Cadet Schemes in Bangor, Belfast and Lisburn in the near future.”