WA’s top emergency services cadets and mentors announced

  • Western Australia’s next generation of emergency services volunteers acknowledged
  • Cadets and instructors rewarded for their contribution to emergency services
  • Recipients from as far north as Tom Price and as far south as Bridgetown
  • Young cadets from Tom Price Senior High School have taken out the top prize at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ Youth Programs Awards for a second consecutive time.

    The awards, presented at Optus Stadium last night, recognise the outstanding contribution and achievements of cadets and instructors across Western Australia.

    Cadets, instructors and groups from as far north as Tom Price and as far south as Bridgetown were acknowledged for their contribution to emergency services.

    Tom Price Senior High School received the coveted Unit Achievement Award, backing up their success in 2020.

    In the past five years, Tom Price Senior High School has dedicated 15,000 volunteer hours to the community. The school’s program is committed to embracing diversity, with

    14 Aboriginal cadets and three cadets living with intellectual disabilities.

    The Department of Fire and Emergency Services cadets program comprises of the:

    • Emergency Services Cadets Corps, funded by the Department of Communities;
    • Youth in Emergency Services (YES Cadets); and
    • Brigade Group Units (BGU).

    The programs provide an opportunity for members to engage with their local Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service brigades, State Emergency Service units, or Marine Rescue groups.

    Cadets develop and learn leadership, teamwork and practical life skills including first aid, radio communications, fire safety, rescue techniques, navigation and bushcraft.

    The 2022 Youth Programs Awards winners are:

    ESCC Awards

    Instructor Achievement Award

    John Tonai-Moore, Bridgetown High School Emergency Services Cadet Corps

    Cadet Achievement Award

    Tahlia de Nazareth, Kingsway Christian College Emergency Services Cadet Corps

    Host School Support Award

    Tom Price Senior High School

    Emergency Services Brigade, Group or Unit Support Award

    Mandurah State Emergency Services

    Unit Achievement Award

    Tom Price Senior High School, Emergency Services Cadet Corps

    YES/BGU Awards

    Cadet Achievement Award

    Caitlin Gray, Northam Youth in Emergency Services

    Cadet Achievement Award

    Joey Hollandrose, Marine Rescue Port Hedland

    Instructor Achievement Award

    Brendon Rutter, Northam Youth in Emergency Services

    Unit Achievement Award

    Quinns Rocks, Youth in Emergency Services

    As stated by Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson:

    “I’m thrilled to acknowledge the great work undertaken by our cadets.

    “Volunteering at an early age can set young people up for a bright future.

    “Volunteers are the fabric of our community and they are also key to building a safer and more resilient Western Australia.

    “Each of the award winners have shown an extraordinary level of commitment to the emergency services.

    “These cadets and their mentors are instrumental in improving the safety of their communities by helping them prepare for and respond to emergencies.

    “I would like to congratulate all of the award recipients and nominees, and hope they continue their journey as highly valued members of our emergency services.”

    As stated by Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Peter Foster:

    “Congratulations again to the dedicated young cadets from Tom Price Senior High School for their achievement in winning the DFES Youth Program Awards for 2022.

    “It is the seventh time the school has won the gong since the inception of the awards in 2005.”

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