Junior firefighters showcase their skills


More than 150 fire cadets aged 12-16 years old from across Australia will put their skills to the test for the next two days in the fifth biennial Australian National Fire Cadets Championships.

Twenty-six teams from across NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia will compete at Myuna Bay in the Lake Macquarie region.

The event, first held in 2007, sees cadets participate in nine life-like scenarios which are designed to test their skills, initiative and safety procedures.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the Championships, which are jointly hosted by the NSW Rural Fire Service and Rural Fire Service Association, showcase the exceptional technical skills, enthusiasm, teamwork and leadership of young firefighters.

“The cadets can expect a busy few days of competition, dealing with a number of scenarios where they’ll need use their ability, initiative and teamwork to respond in the best possible way,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“It’s a credit to these young people that they are taking on the responsibility involved in the cadet program and aspiring to be volunteer firefighters or emergency service volunteers, whilst also having a good time along the way."

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the NSW RFS values the development of young people, demonstrated in the commitment to hosting the Championships in NSW since the inaugural event in 2007 and the ongoing support of the NSW RFS cadet program.

Since its inception in 2005, the NSW RFS cadet program has seen more than 6500 students complete 437 programs across the State.

"The cadet program not only helps students learn essential fire safety techniques, examine fire behaviour and gain an understanding of the work of NSW RFS volunteers across the State, but it offers them the opportunity to experience firsthand the commitment and camaraderie that comes with volunteering,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“The Service is proud to pass on the ideals of community service, dedication and teamwork to the next generation and we wish them well over the coming days of competition.”

Spectators are welcome to take a glimpse of the future of volunteer firefighting, with free entry on both competition days.

The 26 teams participating in the Australian Fire Cadet Championships are: 

  • Tumut Cadets, New South Wales
  • Gundagai Cadets, New South Wales
  • Illawarra Cadets, New South Wales
  • Warringah/ Pittwater Cadets, New South Wales
  • Orana Cadets, New South Wales
  • St Pauls Grammar School Cadets, New South Wales
  • South West Slopes Cadets, New South Wales
  • Gulgong Cadets, New South Wales 
  • Lake Macquarie Central - Alpha, New South Wales
  • Lake Macquarie Central - Bravo, New South Wales
  • Bowthorne-Hinton Juniors, New South Wales
  • Southern Highlands, New South Wales
  • Llandilo Cadets, New South Wales
  • Hawkesbury Headquarter Brigade - Charlie, New South Wales
  • Hawkesbury Headquarter Brigade - Bravo, New South Wales
  • Parkes Headquarters, New South Wales
  • Gulmarrad Juniors, New South Wales
  • Quinns Rocks Cadets, Western Australia
  • Country Fire Authority – Alpha, Victoria
  • Country Fire Authority – Bravo, Victoria
  • Country Fire Authority – Charlie, Victoria
  • Country Fire Service – Alpha, South Australia
  • Country Fire Service – Bravo, South Australia
  • SES Mid North Coast, New South Wales
  • SES Gunnedah, New South Wales

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