Superintendent Stephen Raymond said that the program was the ideal way to
introduce young people to the important role that volunteer firefighters play
"These Year 9 cadets have completed a 10 week course that has given them
skills that will last a lifetime. As well as examining fire behaviour, the
students have been taught essential fire safety techniques and been given a
comprehensive overview of the role of our emergency services," said Supt.
"It's not just about fighting bush fires. The Program offers students the
opportunity to experience first-hand the commitment and camaraderie that comes
This is the second year that Belmont High School has held the NSW RFS
Secondary School Cadet Program, offering valuable insight into the risks
associated with bush and grass fires.
"Belmont High has been a wonderful supporter of the Cadet Program. By
educating and training with these young people we are equipping the students
with skills they can take with them for the rest of their lives."
Supt. Raymond also paid tribute to the staff and volunteers from the The
Lakes team who facilitated the course.
"In addition to our NSW RFS members, I would also like to extend a special
thanks to the Principal, teachers and staff from Belmont High School for helping
make the Program the success it is.
"The NSW RFS enjoys working closely with schools and communities to ensure
that everyone is as well prepared as can be for the very real threat of
"The Service is proud to pass on the ideals of community service,
dedication and teamwork to the next generation – and it is extremely rewarding
to know many of the graduates from the Secondary School Cadet Program intend to
build on their new skills by joining their local NSW RFS brigade."