Fire cadets

An exciting fun, challenging, exciting programme for young people aged 12 - 17 years old.

Changes due to COVID-19

New applications to join cadets are being accepted and we are operating in a face-to-face concept. We are still keeping some precautions when in person and this is for the continued safety of both cadets and crews.

We welcome people looking to join us. Contact us to register your interest and we will be in touch to discuss further


Cadets will receive instruction and take part in a wide range of fire-fighting skills and activities:

  • Use of ladders for access and rescues
  • Fire-ground pumping for fire-fighting and salvage
  • Hose and branch techniques
  • Rescues
  • Science of fire
  • Simulated breathing apparatus use

Gain skills for life

Fire cadets also gain valuable life skills:

  • Problem-solving
  • Effective teamwork
  • First aid skills
  • Risk awareness – fire/water
  • Community Safety
  • Support to community activities which can include Blenheim marathon, Oxford Half Marathon etc

Duke of Cornwall (DofC)

All sections of your DofC can be achieved through the programme. Carrying out fire service activities such as hose drills, knots, breathing apparatus search and rescue and ladder pitching will all count towards your DofC.

It is also your chance to give something back through working on community projects.

Having fun as well as learning

Cadets are not confined solely to Fire and Rescue Service activities; individual units can also take part in a variety of additional activities:

  • camping
  • canoeing
  • ice skating
  • ten pin bowling
  • pizza and movie nights

When and where

We can accommodate 16 cadets one evening each week in term time.


  • Bicester 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Kidlington 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Slade Park 6.30pm - 8.30pm
  • Witney 7pm - 9pm
  • Watlington 7pm - 9pm


  • Banbury 6.30pm - 8.30pm

How to join

If you are interested in becoming a fire cadet or would like to know more contact us.