Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets are based on the JESIP principles of interoperability, which means they represent Fire, Ambulance, and Police, not just one singular service.
Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets are the best that they can be. We have 320 cadets across our county in many, many different units, representing a whole range of diversity which represents the communities in Northamptonshire. Northants Emergency Services Cadets will receive training in all elements of emergency services, as well as being good citizens which is equally as important as everything else that they learn, meaning that they walk out of the cadet service at the age of 18 with transferable skills, which enable them to do whatever they choose to do in their future with excellent communication skills, excellent knowledge and the will to work that little bit extra harder for whatever they're trying to achieve.
To join our emergency services now, we give young people the opportunities to go into any different area of the emergency services: Police, Fire and Ambulance. Even in the short time our cadet scheme has been running, we've got young people who started with us at the age of 13, they're now working in the control room, they're now special constables, they're now working for the fire service, they're across the entire organisation because of the skills that we've trained them in over their time with us. I know that everybody in Fire, Police and Ambulance are really, really proud of our cadets and everything that they deliver for us. I hope that a lot of them stay with us going forward and for those who don't, they'll have great careers in whatever they choose to do from the skills and abilities that they've learned from working with us and volunteering in their own communities.
The Northamptonshire Emergency Service Cadets were established in 2016.
This joint partnership between the county’s police, fire and ambulance service is open to teenagers aged 13 to 18
Units meet across Northamptonshire, offering young people the chance to take an active role in supporting the work of police, fire and ambulance staff and making a positive contribution to their communities.
We currently have six cadet Units in Northamptonshire.
NESC Unit locations;
Northampton (meets on Thursdays)
Kingswood Academy, Corby (Wednesday)
As a NESC Cadet, you will be provided with your own uniform and be expected to attend a weekly Session at your chosen location 18:00 till 21:00. You will be expected to show a certain amount of discipline and commitment.
At the Unit, you will have the opportunity to learn many of the skills used by firefighters, police and ambulance staff working towards various qualifications, its both challenging and rewarding.
Gaining an insight into the history and structure of the Police, Fire and Ambulance service.
Learning self-discipline and the importance of teamwork.
Undertaking challenges and learning how to problem solve.
Participating in community events with a wide range of partner agencies.
If you are over 18 and interested in the Emergency services why not consider a role as a Cadet Leader?
As a cadet leader, you will volunteer your own time to be part of a team who lead and inspire young people in Northamptonshire Emergency Service Cadets.
Each cadet unit meets for one evening a week throughout the academic year at designated locations. During these unit sessions, cadet leaders deliver sessions on the Northamptonshire Emergency Cadet programme. The programme covers essential learning experiences taken from the Police, Fire and EMAS world and is taught through an exciting curriculum.
How long are the sessions?
Northamptonshire Emergency Cadet evenings last for approximately 3 hours per week, during the academic year. You don’t have to commit to volunteering every week, however a strong commitment to the role is required.
You are also expected to volunteer an additional minimum of 3 hours per month in support of operations and social action events.
The skills we look for in our Cadet Leaders?
Good communications skills.
Confidence, commitment, flexibility and enthusiasm.
Ability to work as part of a team and with young people especially.
Training and support.
You will take part in an induction to help you understand your role and how the force and services work, along with training on how to use specialist databases and IT systems.
Applications for NESC open each spring, with successful applicants joining their units the following September. Applicants can be 12 when they apply, but must be aged between 13 and 18 as of September 1 in the year they join the scheme.
Applications are now closed, opening again in January 2024.
If you have any questions, or would like to express an interest you can do so by emailing [email protected]