The 2017 Emergency Services Cadet Corps (ESCC) Awards were held on Thursday 1 March to recognise the outstanding contributions of some of Western Australia’s emergency service cadets, instructors and volunteers.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM attended the evening to congratulate the award nominees.
“The Awards were a great opportunity to celebrate not just the winners but also the contribution of the 2,000 cadets, the 38 schools that support them and the 220 unit coordinators and instructors who guide them,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“The cadet program is a great pathway to learn the skills, develop the leadership qualities and appreciate the core values of an emergency service volunteer.
“I look forward to seeing these young men and women continuing to support their communities through their local brigades, groups and units in the future.”
Six awards were presented on the evening including the DFES Certificate of Distinction given to cadets from Kingsway College ESCC.
First aid is part of cadet training and when a fellow cadet collapsed on school grounds, the Kingsway College cadets displayed their maturity and competency by putting their skills into practise and staying calm under great pressure to perform life-saving CPR.
The Emergency Services Brigade, Group or Unit Support Award was jointly won by Jurien Bay’s Volunteer Marine Rescue Group and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service for their ongoing support and commitment to training the students of Jurien Bay District High School.
The Jurien Bay DHS ESCC unit were also winners, taking home the ESCC Unit Achievement Award for the exemplary training they offer cadets, and their engagement with the community and efforts to build solid relationships with local emergency services.
Tom Price Senior High School (SHS) received the ESCC Host School Support Award in recognition of their support of cadets and unit leaders, through promoting the service to the community and providing clerical support to enable the unit to run efficiently.
That wasn’t the only recognition for Tom Price SHS on the evening, with student Callum O’Connell awarded the Emergency Services Cadet Achievement Award for his commitment and dedication to the community as well as being a leader and mentor to his fellow peers.
The ESCC Instructor Achievement Award recognised the accomplishments of Quinns Rock Instructor Stephen Faulkner who supports and encourages young volunteers through innovative training opportunities and connecting cadets with local emergency service units to further their skills.
For more information visit the Emergency Services Cadet Corps page on the DFES website.