Seven students from the Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre in Coleambally celebrated their graduation from a three-day firefighting course run by the NSW Rural Fire Service.
The course examined fire behaviour, fire safety and cultural burns, as well as adjacent skills such as first aid.
The course was part of the Secondary Schools Cadet program which has been running for several years across the state, but this was the first time the course was run at Tirkandi Inaburra.
Inspector Jason Wall ran the course along with a team of volunteers, and was thrilled with the response from the students.
"We didn't know what to expect, but the boys really came out of their shell and were keen to learn. It was just a really good time," Inspector Wall said.
The boys were encouraged to pursue firefighting in it's various forms through the future in a series of speeches given at the ceremony.
The CEO of Tirkandi Inaburra, Matt Watts, was hoping to continue the program in the future and was pleased with how enthusiastic the boys were about the course.
"It's been a fantastic success. The boys showed a lot of interest, so just that side of things was fantastic ... the RFS had some Indigenous fire crews out here to teach cultural burns so to be able to run the program under that cover gives it even greater meaning."
Inspector Wall was certainly hoping that some of the boys would sign up to the RFS in the near future and put those new skills to use.
"It's hard to tell, but there's definitely a couple who are keen."
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