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Getting Fired Up About Volunteering

On Wednesday, 6th June, I was lucky enough to be invited to take part in the Institute of Fire Engineers U-18 Lecturette Final 2018.  This event was held at the University of Central Lancashire and involved five Junior Fire Cadets from local groups presenting talks on fire service-related topics.

I chose to talk about ‘Firefighting changes throughout the years’.  It had been quite a tough process to come through.  We were all given four weeks to choose our topic and then had to do a presentation at our local fire station.  My cadet group meets at Preesall.  I had to do my presentation to a panel consisting of two people including the local IFE chairman, Mark Hutton.  At our station there are twelve cadets and four of us had a go at the talk.  Luckily, I was one of the two selected.  This meant I now had to present my talk to a much larger audience.

The presentation covered major fires throughout the years and the lessons that the service has learnt from these.  As I presented my talk, I used slides from these events and quoted the coroners’ reports.  I enjoyed the experience of presenting my talk and listening to the other cadets covering topics like Grenfell Tower and uniform changes.

The sponsor of the event was the Institute of Fire Engineers and there were three judges who had to give their views ‘X Factor-style’!  Every contestant was given a certificate and a glass pendant from UCLAN.  I was overjoyed when they announced my name and I was presented with the glass trophy by Assistant Chief Fire Officer, David Russell.

Overall, the whole process was a good opportunity to test my confidence and presentation skills.  I couldn’t have done it without the brilliant support of my fellow Preesall Fire Cadets and Watch Manager and Cadet Leader, Mick Dawson.  I now have to do it all over again at the regional finals in July.

Emily Checkley (14)   Saint Aidan’s Church of England High School