The next generation of emergency services personnel are today testing their skills in the 2018 Cadet Games at the Sandgate Police Citizens’ Youth Club (PCYC).
Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting, representing Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford, said the games were a chance for cadets to see how they can apply their skills learned during cadet training.
“The Emergency Services Cadet Program has given these cadets great foundation emergency skills and will see them test these skills today” said Chris Whiting.
“The cadet program gives them a taste of how rewarding a future career in emergency services and volunteering can be.”
PCYC Emergency Services Cadets are competing for the title of Ultimate Cadet Crew with cadets from the Rural Fire Service, Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and Military Cadets.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the games allowed young people to develop their skills and abilities in a safe environment.
“QFES’ partnership with PCYC Queensland helps to develop and mentor young people by giving them the skills they need to work in this field,” Ms Carroll said.
“The Cadet Games are a way for us to celebrate each cadet, as they challenge themselves to be the future generation of emergency services workers and volunteers that help build healthier and more resilient communities.
“It is so great to see young people getting involved in supporting their local communities through this program,” she said.
The ESCP is supported locally by QFES, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, Australian Red Cross, Surf Life Saving Queensland, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association and Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland.
There are currently 14 PCYC Emergency Services Cadet units, with an aim to increase to 25 in the next three years in high-risk communities.