Students at front line of defence
SEVEN students from Mareeba State High School will be helping to protect their community as new firefighters.
The young men were awarded a certificate II in public safety (firefighting operations) on Tuesday and will be fully equipped to tackle any incident.
New firefighter Liam Geary said he finished the course to help protect the community from fires.
“It is good to have people fighting fires and it is always good to help the community,” he said.
“The course took about a year where we started as volunteer firefighters and now we are qualified senior firefighters.”
Mareeba State High School Vocational Education senior admin Fionna Lane said the students had changed a lot since completing the course and it was a great initiative for students.
“They were unsure about what they wanted to do after leaving school but doing this course has given them a purpose in the community and made them men,” she said.
“They can help with any situation, they are confident, they have gained leadership skills and have learnt about the importance of teamwork.”
“I feel they will be equipped for the future.”
Ms Lane said this course has been amazing and these students will be placed into stations that are low in numbers.
Mareeba State High School’s vocational education program has created many pathways for students wanting to receive workplace experience and complete a certificate while at school.
Mareeba State High School head of senior school Jenny Walker said the program only works by commitment from students and the businesses.
“Students miss a whole day of school when they are undertaking their certificate and they have to work hard to catch up on the day they missed,” she said.
“We work with the businesses and try to find a day that is suitable for the business and beneficial for the student.”
Applications for next year are currently open.
Newly appointed firefighters Liam Geary, Boaza Strickland, Daniel Pedro, Jodeey Strickland, James Elmes and David Smith ready to help their community.