Last month, at the Northholm’s Senior School Assembly, we celebrated the work of the Rural Fire Service Cadets and the volunteers who led this program for our students.

During Term Three, 16 Northholm students participated in the Rural Fire Service Secondary Schools Cadet Program. The program provides Year 9 and 10 students with an insight into fire safety and prevention whilst developing practical life skills and a general appreciation of community service and volunteerism. The aim of the program is to:

• Develop an interest in the NSW RFS and its traditions

• Provide cadets with a knowledge of fire safety and preparedness

• Develop the qualities of leadership, self-discipline, self-reliance, initiative and team work

• Encourage cadets to continue service in the NSW RFS or other community service organisations

• Provide training that can contribute to NSW RFS firefighter and other specialist training.

These qualifications can be used in later life, whether it’s for work or for joining a volunteer rural fire brigade.

A special thank you to the Volunteers who so willingly gave their time to work with our students. We would also like to acknowledge and thank The Hon Mr Matt Keane MP and The Hon Cr Phillip Ruddock, Mayor of Hornsby for attending the service and for their continual support.

We thank Dr Michelle Gleeson who co-ordinated the program at Northholm, Dural Brigade member and school parent, Mr Andrew Dyson, for leading the training, and the Volunteers who so willingly gave their time to work with our students.

With the current fire situation throughout NSW and the Sydney region, the outstanding work by the RFS men and women who give tirelessly and selflessly of their time to protect homes and save lives makes Northholm incredibly proud to have these young students participated in this incredibly invaluable program.