RFS students ready to burn some energy putting out fires
AS A number of fires burned around the Richmond Valley area, it seemed coincidental that 20 young students from Casino Christian School were graduating from their RFS Cadet training course.
Tuesday week ago the students received their certificates for completing a term of fire-fighting training.
"I was interested to see what behind the scenes looked like,” Year 9 student Josh Boyd, 14, said.
"I found out how much work went on.”
His fellow classmate Ben Macdonald, 15 was also impressed with the whole course.
"My favourite part was shooting the hose,” he laughed.
School principal Peter Spence said such a course of service teaches compassion and empathy and hopefully helped impart a desire to serve the community.
The students received their certificates from RFS Chief Superintendent Brett Condie and shook hands with mayor Robert Mustow and Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis.
While some students would probably need some growing time before their RFS uniforms fit them properly, Supt Condie said he'd be happy to put them all in a truck today to help fight the fires burning around the area.
Cadet Coordinator Nikki Lomath thanked the team of supporters who helped run the course, but her highest words of praise went to the students.
"They have learnt so much, they are working pumps, rolling hoses, they have learnt about fire fighter behaviour,” she said.
"These guys are just amazing.
"What a blessing it's been to me to come each Friday and see your faces and work with you as a team.”
The students completed the course in a term during the normal sport period.