Join as a Cadet

Do you know a young person who could be a cadet?

Applications will open for the next intake to Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets (NESC) in February 2019.

Open to teenagers aged 13 to 18, NESC is a joint partnership between the county's police, fire and ambulance cadets, and is an independent registered charity.

Through NESC, young people are given the chance to learn more about the roles of police, fire and ambulance staff, and support the work of the emergency services within their communities. Cadets learn a variety of life skills such as communication, confidence, assertiveness, fitness, teambuilding and leadership as well as skills directly linked to the emergency services; law, arrest, stop and search, OST, hose running, BA & ladder drills, first aid, etc. The scheme also provides additional subsidised activities, such as residential trips, camps, white-water tubing and rock climbing.

Units meet weekly across Northamptonshire during term time at the following locations:

  • Northampton (Thursday)
  • Kettering (Monday)
  • Wellingborough (Thursday)
  • Daventry (Monday)
  • Towcester (Monday)
  • Kingswood Academy - Corby (Wednesday)

Apply to join NESC

Applications for the September 2019 NESC intake can be made by completing this form, which must be hand-signed by both the applicant and their parent or guardian, and returning it by email or post by April 30, 2019. Applicants must be aged between 13 and 18 at September 1, 2019. Completed forms should be scanned and sent to or posted to:

  • DS 722 Ashleigh Houlden
  • Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets
  • Unit 27-29 Cornwell Business Park
  • Salthouse Road
  • Brackmills
  • Northampton
  • NN4 7EX

Hard copies of the form can be requested by emailing