Youths answer the call for emergency service training
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.
LEARNING THE DRILL: Cadet co-ordinator Rhy Baker (no cap) trains four cadets in first aid during a mock accident.