Youths an­swer the call for emer­gency ser­vice train­ing

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

CHILDERS’ young emer­gency ser­vice cadets are a group of pas­sion­ate teens who want to sup­port and con­trib­ute to their com­mu­nity.

Cadets co-or­di­na­tor Rhy Baker said she could see the de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture lead­ers in her team and en­cour­aged other teenagers to join.

“The cadets build con­fi­dence and it’s a step­ping stone into the State Emer­gency Ser­vice at the age of 18,” Mrs Baker said.

Childers cadet Alysha Bol­stad said both her par­ents were in­volved with the Gin Gin SES unit and she wanted to even­tu­ally be an SES mem­ber.

Alysha is in her first year at high school and said the cadets were learn­ing about the emer­gency ser­vices and un­der­go­ing life-sav­ing first aid train­ing.

“It’s not dan­ger­ous and we are al­ways su­per­vised by adults,” Alysha said.

The shy teen said she had grown in con­fi­dence since join­ing the cadets and had also made some great new friends.

“The cadets en­cour­ages me to be a bet­ter per­son and to be more con­fi­dent in my­self,” she said.

“I would like to join the SES and be­ing in the cadets will pre­pare me.

“Cadets is great fun and you will make new friends, and I think ev­ery­one should join.”

Alysha lives in Gin Gin and her near­est cadet group is in Childers.

Mrs Baker said the cadets pro­gram was grow­ing and more youths in the re­gion were get­ting ac­tively in­volved.

The Bund­aberg re­gion cur­rently has one pro­gram for the cadets based in Childers and the lead­ers are en­cour­ag­ing all in­ter­ested teenagers to join in and have some fun.

The emer­gency ser­vice cadets meet Wed­nes­days at 3.30pm at the Childers SES shed on North St.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, phone Rhy Baker on 0424 614 218.

Rhy Baker, cadets co-or­di­na­tor The cadets build con­fi­dence and it’s a step­ping stone into the State Emer­gency Ser­vice at the age of 18.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LEARN­ING THE DRILL: Cadet co-or­di­na­tor Rhy Baker (no cap) trains four cadets in first aid dur­ing a mock ac­ci­dent.

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