Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today met a group of students from Narrandera High School whose new skills will help not only their careers, but also the communities in which they live.

The 14 students graduated from a NSW Rural Fire Service Secondary School Cadet Program and Ms Cooke presented the graduates with their certificates at a ceremony at the high school.

Ms Cooke said the training course gave the students invaluable insights into the qualities needed to be a volunteer firefighter, as well as an awareness of how fire can behave.

“These cadets have completed an eight-week course that has given them skills which will last a lifetime,” Ms Cooke said.

“As well as examining fire behaviour, the students have been taught essential fire safety techniques and gained an appreciation of the work our emergency services do every day in this State.

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

“I’m so proud of these 14 young people who made the choice to learn basic fire-fighting skills, about how fire behaves, and how confidence, teamwork, leadership and initiative can be really positive influences in their lives.”

NSW RFS District Manager Superintendent Kevin Adams said this is the second year that Narrandera High School has offered the NSW RFS Secondary School Cadet Program to its students.

“It’s great to see genuine enthusiasm for this important community-based program,” Superintendent Adams said.

“In addition to our NSW RFS members, I would also like to extend a special thanks to the Principal, teachers and staff from Narrandera High School for helping to make this program such a success.”