Fourteen students from Kirrawee High School have today successfully completed the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Secondary School Cadet Program.

The cadets have completed an eight week course that has given them skills which will last a lifetime.

The program is a great way to introduce young people to the important role volunteer fire fighters play within communities.

As well as examining fire behaviour, the students have been taught essential fire safety techniques and gained an appreciation of the work emergency services volunteers face every day.

The cadet program also offers students the opportunity to experience firsthand the commitment and camaraderie that comes with volunteering.

This is the fifth year that Kirrawee High School has offered the NSW RFS Secondary School Cadet Program to its students.

The school provides support to the program by supervising the cadets during training.

It is this ongoing support from the school’s Principal Paul Owens, the teachers and staff that help to make the program such a success.

The benefits of volunteering are enormous and it is inspiring to see our next generation getting involved.