A group of young cadets, including one from Horncastle, have come second in the national ‘Toughest Young Fire Crew Challenge’.
Jack Tempest was one of six teenagers representing Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue finished closely behind hosts and winners Essex.
Cadets were put through their paces as they worked as a team to rescue casualties trapped in vehicles and buildings. They also went head-to-head in tasks for using firefighting equipment and spotting fire hazards through home fire safety checks.
Mark Bennett, youth engagement officer for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “This is the first time our young cadets have entered a national competition so we are immensely proud of what they have achieved.
“The cadets train every week and we teach them the same practical and technical skills that our firefighters have. Before this competition a few of our firefighters gave up some of their own time to give extra training to the cadets including some fitness training, which I think came in handy.
“If you are interested in becoming a firefighter when you are older this is a fantastic programme to get involved with and this result shows that we are developing our cadets as well as any other fire service in the country.”
The Lincoln Cadets train on Tuesday evenings from 7pm–9pm at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue HQ. The programme is open to all 14–17 year olds. For more information call 01522 582296.