Children between the ages of 12 and 16 can sign up now for this year???s Junior Fire Cadet Programme, hosted by the Barbados Fire Service (BFS).

It runs from Monday, July 11, to Friday, August 12, at the Barbados Fire Academy, Arch Hall, St. Thomas.

The objective of the programme, now in its 16th year, is to develop young leaders with high moral values, and is designed to expose them to the culture, functions, discipline and customer-related services of the BFS.

Courses taught during the five-week programme will include First Aid, including bandaging and splinting; water survival and rescue; squad drills; knots and lines; hose and hydrant drill exercises; a positive development session and drama. There will also be a session on fire safety.

Space is available for 30 students from all schools across Barbados, and interested persons are asked to download application forms from the website of the Barbados Fire Service.??

The user can navigate to the menu Research/Publications, and click on the drop down tab marked Forms. Alternatively, they can visit the Bridgetown Fire Station, Probyn Street, The City, to collect their forms.??Application forms must be returned to the Bridgetown Fire Station, or the nearest Fire Station, on or before Friday, June 24.

For further information, persons may contact Fire Officers Ryan Glasgow or Natasha Forde at 535-7885 or 535-7832, or via email at and

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