Davidson High School cadets gain practical firefighting skills


More than 6500 students have completed the Secondary School Cadet Program since it began and today the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) welcomed a further eighteen young firefighters to its ranks.

NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons congratulated the cadets from Davidson High School in the Warringah area at a graduation ceremony held in their honour.

“During the ten week program these students learnt valuable lessons about fire safety and developed both leadership and team work skills,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“They are a credit to their school and the local community and I wholeheartedly congratulate them on their successful completion of the program.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons also paid tribute to the NSW RFS volunteers and staff who were fundamental in the Program’s success at Davidson High School, particularly the program coordinator Mr Ray Duguid.

“In addition to the dedicated members who have run the course, I would also like to extend a special thanks to the Principal, Ms Jann Pattinson, and staff from Davidson High School for helping make the Cadet Program such a success,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“The NSW RFS Secondary School Cadet Program is going from strength to strength at Davidson High School, with this being the third year students have elected to take part in the Program.”

“The Service is proud to pass on the ideals of community service, dedication and teamwork to the next generation through the Secondary School Cadet Program.”

The Secondary School Cadet Program provides students with a unique opportunity to gain practical firefighting skills and an appreciation of the ideals and values unique to the NSW RFS.

It includes training in the areas of fire awareness, leadership, fire science, personal development and accident prevention in the workplace.