A group of budding young volunteers from Lake Grace has travelled to Perth today to learn important lessons about bushfires and house fires at the WA Fire and Emergency Services Academy.
The all-female group of 15 Emergency Services Cadets are aged between 13 and 15.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Assistant Commissioner Professional Development Darren Klemm said the group was an inspiration to others.
“It’s encouraging to see such an inspiring group of teenagers who are interested in learning more about bushfire and general fire safety,” he said.
“The course today will teach them how fire reacts in different circumstances and give them an opportunity to put out a simulated home fire.
“The knowledge that they take away will empower them to take action if faced with a bush or structure fire.
“It is a reminder to all of us that we can be proactive about our own fire knowledge and take action to keep ourselves safe.
“These Emergency Services Cadets are potentially the firefighters of tomorrow and it’s also important that we foster their talents and enthusiasm.”
The cadets will study modules including bushfire awareness, fire safety and survival, fire extinguishers and moving in smoke and darkness. The intensive one-day course involves both theoretical and practical components.
Lake Grace Emergency Services Cadet Unit Leader and principal of Lake Grace District High School John Boyland said the cadets were very keen and enthusiastically participated in all activities.
“Each member of the group works hard to achieve their individual goals, while managing to inspire, encourage and support each other and celebrate each other’s successes,” he said.
Cadet Phoebe Robertson said that being part of the cadets had taught her self-discipline, respect, teamwork and cooperation as well as resilience in overcoming challenges.
She said that being a cadet plays an important role in finding out about yourself and what you can achieve and teaches life skills.
DFES is encouraging everyone who lives in or near bushland to follow the lead of the cadets and take action.
• Learn about bushfire warnings on the DFES website
• Prepare their home and an emergency kit in case they need to leave the area due to bushfire
• Make and practice a bushfire survival plan
• Stay alert to their surroundings this bushfire season and if they are aware of a bushfire in their area, take action immediately.
More information about how to empower yourself against the threat of bushfire is available in the Prepare. Act. Survive
Information about volunteering in the emergency services is also available online.