WIRRAL teenagers have a chance to develop their basic firefighting skills by signing up for a place on a fire cadets' training course.

Aimed at 14 to 16 year olds it involves both practical fire fighting skills, such as hose techniques and use, using ladders and how to search premises, along with theoretical work involving fire service organisation, community Safety and the effects of anti-social behaviour.

It provides B-Tec Level 2 Certificate qualification in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.

Advocate Mike Buratti, based at Wallasey fire station, said: "We expect to have around 15 spaces for Wirral-based young people.

"Those who have taken part in the course last year have had a great time and made some firm friends."

To apply a place on the course, visit www.merseyfire.gov.uk, go to the "Community" section and Wirral Fire Cadets where you will find an online application form.

Successful applicants must be available for an induction day at Wallasey Community Fire Station, on Saturday February 15.

The course will be held every Wednesday evening 5.30pm to 8.30pm, at Wallasey Community Fire Station.

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