STUDENTS from Wollumbin and Murwillumbah high schools celebrated the completion of a Rural Fire Service cadet program last month.
A total of 22 students from Wollumbin and Murwillumbah high schools took part in the cadet program as part of their Nortec Links to Learning.
RFS Tyalgum Captain Terry Turner said the cadet program was a crucial way to get youth engaged with community groups such as the RFS, as well as teaching them life skills.
“It teaches them basic skills that they can use in other areas as well,” Mr Turner said.
The students attended two-hour sessions over 10 weeks and could wear fire- fighting gear, and learn about engines, pump operation, fire safety and problem-solving skills.
Wollumbin student Blake Ling said he would be interested in signing up with the RFS. “We all learned a lot and we are thankful for that,” he said.
Djindu Willoughby said he enjoyed learning how to deal with a gas cylinder fire.
The students will complete other programs through Links to Learning.