South Western Times

Young firey up for gong

- NICOLETTE BARBAS

Bunbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service volunteer Jordan Mcintosh is bringing the heat to the 2021 WA Youth Awards with his nomination for the commission­er for children and young people participat­e award.

A finalist in the 2021 WA Youth Awards, Jordan’s childhood dreams of becoming a firefighte­r date back to the age of four when he sat in the front seat of a metropolit­an fire truck.

Now on the cusp of adulthood, Jordan, pictured, is in his final year of schooling and his firefighti­ng career aspiration­s are more achievable than ever.

“I am currently undertakin­g a school-based mechanical apprentice­ship at Bunbury Diesel where I go a few times a week,” he said.

“Once I complete that I can go for a career as a fireman and having a trade behind me will help me get my foot in the door.

The WA Youth Awards recognise the achievemen­ts and contributi­ons to the community of young West Australian­s aged 12 to 25 years.

The 17-year-old’s contributi­on to emergency services began in 2016 when he enrolled in his school’s Emergency Services Cadet Corp.

His commitment to the brigade saw him win the Youth Achievemen­t Award at the 2020 WA Fire and Emergency Services gala dinner.

A leader of the cadet program within his school, Jordan provides training, motivation and encouragem­ent for new members.

“I have always tried to encourage young people to volunteer their time and do more within the community,” he said.

“Young people are the next phase of the local brigades and it’s so important they get involved.

“You can’t do anything better with your time than help people.”

Award winners will be announced at the WA Youth Awards gala ceremony at the WA Museum Boola Bardip on April 9.

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