RFS cadets recognised at high school ceremony

Condobolin High School RFS cadets with their mentors. DG

By Dominic Geiger

Nine Condobolin High School students have been recognised for their completion of a Rural Fire Service (RFS) cadetship training course at a special ceremony held at the high school last Monday.

During the ceremony, the cadets demonstrated their recently acquired skills in a mock car accident and grass fire training exercise.

Learning Development Officer with the RFS, Warwick Parker, said the most important thing the cadets had learned throughout their training was teamwork.

“They found the teamwork side of things a bit difficult when they first started, though once they got the hang of that. they’ve been doing great,” he said.

“They’ve also been learning skills using the hoses, how to fight fires, truck skills and some basic first aid.

“It’s a good thing for the school and a great way to promote the RFS to the community and that’s how the cadets program is supposed to work.”

RFS Cadet, Mitchell Deeves, said he was surprised how much he’d learnt over the course of the training program.

“It was great, we learnt so much,” he said.

“The other thing is, that none of us were friends before we started the program but we get along really well with each other now.”

The Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, presented the cadets with their certificates.

“This is a great program, it’s volunteering at its best,” Des said.

“The RFS is having trouble getting volunteers, so I hope these young people will continue to be a part of and support this fantastic organisation.”

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