South Western Times
Young firey up for gong
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.