Yass High School students complete the RFS Cadet Program

A total of 13 Yass High School students have climbed the ranks and completed the NSW Rural Fire Service Secondary School Cadet Program.

Already, three of those have joined their local brigades as volunteer firefighters.

Back Row (L-R): Mr. Glen Matthews, Daniel Osborne, Jennifer Bumbar, Tiernan Roberts, Olivia Shepherd, Emily Preston, Harley Garside, Deputy Principal Brendan Roberts and Inspector George Shepherd.

Front Row (L-R): Trent Robinson, Kimberley Mobley, Samantha Rattenbury and Max Delander.

Absent: Shelly Loney, Taylor Wythes, Jemma North, Sophie Lorkin, Broni Jekyll, Gary Pearce and Graham Scofield.

Back Row (L-R): Mr. Glen Matthews, Daniel Osborne, Jennifer Bumbar, Tiernan Roberts, Olivia Shepherd, Emily Preston, Harley Garside, Deputy Principal Brendan Roberts and Inspector George Shepherd. Front Row (L-R): Trent Robinson, Kimberley Mobley, Samantha Rattenbury and Max Delander. Absent: Shelly Loney, Taylor Wythes, Jemma North, Sophie Lorkin, Broni Jekyll, Gary Pearce and Graham Scofield.

The ten-week, annual program is offered to students as an alternative to physical education.

The students learn the basic firefighting skills and about fire safety, wildfire behaviour, the role of emergency services and the importance of community and volunteer spirit.

The level of engagement and commitment that the students displayed throughout the program was commendable.

Daniel Osborne

Cadets also build their confidence and practise team work and leadership.

A special graduation ceremony was held at the school last Wednesday to congratulate the students.

“The level of engagement and commitment that the students displayed throughout the program was commendable,” Daniel Osborne, Operational Officer for the NSW RFS Southern Tablelands Zone said.

“It is pleasing to see some of the students going onto join their local Rural Fire Brigade to serve their communities in times of need.”

NSW RFS Inspector George Shepherd presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Yass High School Deputy Principal Brendan Roberts. Photo: supplied

NSW RFS Inspector George Shepherd presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Yass High School Deputy Principal Brendan Roberts. Photo: supplied

“This is the ninth year that the Cadet Program has been run at Yass High School,” Mr Osborne said.

“We greatly appreciate the ongoing partnership we have with Yass High School to deliver this program.”

“I would also like to thank the volunteers of the NSW RFS Southern Tablelands Zone that delivered the program,” he said.

The program usually runs annually and the NSW RFS hopes to continue it next year.