Pontarddulais Fire Cadets completed their pass out parade at the fire station last week.

The class of 2018 marked the completion of their two-year fire cadet scheme by conducting a drill to show case the skills learnt, before firefighters, family and friends.

Hosted across 14 fire stations within mid and west Wales, the Fire Cadet scheme aims to provide training to young people, usually between the ages of 12 and 16 years, whilst also improving relationships between the Fire and Rescue Service and the communities they serve.

The training provided to the Fire Cadets include operational drills, first aid, fire safety education, leadership and much more whilst also promoting self-discipline, social consciousness and community awareness within the young people.

Cadets are encouraged to make the most of their physical and mental capabilities to become more responsible, safer and caring members of their communities.

Those who successfully complete the scheme also gain a BTEC qualification.

Watch Manager Anthony Mathias said, “The Pontarddulais Fire Cadets should be exceptionally proud of their achievements.

"Their hard work over the past two years has paid off and resulted in each one gaining a BTEC qualification.

"The manner in which they have performed their drill tonight, in front of friends and families, and to such a high standard is truly amazing.

"We’re very proud of them, the personal development that each Cadet has demonstrated since joining the Fire Cadet scheme is remarkable.

"They are a brilliant bunch of young people.

"I would like to thank the instructors and volunteers for their commitment to the Fire Cadet Scheme as none of this would be possible without their drive, enthusiasm and dedication.

"These are the first crop of Cadets to pass out from Pontarddulais, as the scheme was only launched here two years ago, and they have set an excellent example for future Cadets to follow.”