A squad of budding young firefighters have passed out at a parade last week.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has worked with a group of six Wisbech youngsters, aged between 11 and 15, over the last 12 weeks.
Arson reduction scheme Squad 14, which was funded by CFRS’s Community Fund following a bid by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Wisbech Locality Team, passed out on Wednesday with qualifications in first aid and basic water rescue .
Wisbech Watch Commander Phil Pilbeam, who led the programme, said youngsters have been taking part in a cadet style activities with firefighters for two hours each week.
He said: “Most importantly through the activities they gained knowledge about how fires develop, the consequences of arson and the impact on the community.
“They learned about our in-water rescue activities and practised a basic exercise at a local pool. Linked in with this was raising their awareness of road traffic collisions and dangers on the road.”
Lizzi Wales, the locaility team’s youth development co-ordinator, said: “It’s been a fantastic joint programme. We’ve seen some remarkable changes in all areas with these young people and many of them have achieved some real personal goals.”