Students complete Rural Fire Service Cadet Program


Twenty-two students from the Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Berkeley Vale Campus, have been congratulated by Rural Fire Service (RFS) NSW, Assistant Commissioner, Steve Yorke AFSM, for their successful completion of the NSW RFS Secondary School Cadet Program.
Assistant Commissioner Yorke said the program introduced young people to the important role that volunteer firefighters play within communities.
“These cadets have completed a nine-week course that has provided them with skills and knowledge which will last a lifetime,” Assistant Commissioner Yorke said.
“As well as studying fire behaviour, the students have been taught essential fire safety techniques and gained an appreciation of the work our emergency services undertake every day across the State.
“I congratulate the Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus cadets on their achievement and encourage them to put their new-found knowledge and skills to good use by joining the NSW RFS as a volunteer,” he said.
Assistant Commissioner Yorke said the cadet program also offered students the opportunity to experience firsthand the commitment and camaraderie that comes with volunteering.
“It’s great to see genuine enthusiasm for this important community-based program and I would like to thank Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus Principal, Mr Noel Heaps, for offering the course to students for the third time, and I hope that it will be part of the curriculum for many years to come,” he said.
“I would also like to thank the Berkeley Vale Brigade members and NSW RFS Central Coast District staff, who helped facilitate the course.
“NSW RFS members thoroughly enjoy working with schools and communities to ensure everyone is as well prepared as possible for the very real threat of fire, and the Service is proud to pass on the ideals of community service, dedication and teamwork to the next generation,” he said.

Media release, Oct 26
Steve Yorke, NSW RFS