Nine students from Wade High School celebrated their successful completion of the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Secondary Schools Cadet Program on Thursday.
NSW RFS MIA District manager Superintendent Kevin Adams congratulated the graduating students for their dedication and enthusiasm throughout the 10 week course, which was lead by Operational Officer Stephen Kada.
As the only girl in the group, Kiara Andrighetto said it was great to participate, and came away with understanding the importance of teamwork.
“I learnt so much I will always have with me, and it’s something that I would strongly encourage others, especially the girls, to do if they had the chance,” she said.
Matthew Knight-Doak was recognised with the ‘Most Improved’ award, and said he was “thrilled.”
“I will definitely consider becoming a RFS volunteer, I’ve learnt so many things.”
As well as examining fire behaviour, the students have learned essential fire safety techniques, first aid, and gained an appreciation of the work emergency services do every day.
“The course teaches young people about the important contribution firefighters make to the local community, provides them with firefighting skills and fire behaviour knowledge and instills values such as teamwork, leadership and confidence.”
Superintendent Adams thanked Wade High School for offering the NSW RFS Secondary Schools Cadet Program to its students for a third year.
“It is fantastic to see such genuine enthusiasm for this program and I would like to thank Principal Johanna Brain and her staff for their ongoing support,” Superintendent Adams said.
“I would also like to thank the MIA District volunteers and staff who helped deliver the program under the direction of cadet coordinator Stephen Kada.”