In 1998 Ron Withnell established the first Red Cross Cadet Unit in Western Australia and for the past 18 years we have been running Red Cross Cadets at Southern Hills Christian College. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have been involved in assisting Red Cross Cadets during this time.
At the end of 2016 Cadets WA informed the College that due to unforeseen circumstances Red Cross were no longer able to endorse cadets. The Department of Local Government advised that they would wholeheartedly support our transition to a new cadet group of our choosing and the decision was made to change to Emergency Service Cadets. We believed that out of all the different types of cadet WA programmes Emergency Service Cadets was the one most like Red Cross Cadets and continued to give us a focus on helping needy people in our community.
Emergency Service Cadets
As part of our training program we will be looking to establish ties with some of our local emergency service groups:
- Bush Fire Brigade
- Fire and Rescue Service
- State Emergency Service
- Volunteer Marine Rescue Service
Our cadets will continue to participate in interesting and challenging training that:
- Provides practical life skills
- Develops leadership, teamwork and initiative talents
- Fosters qualities of community responsibility and service
Training will include:
- Radio communications
- Fire safety and basic fire lighting
- Rescue techniques
- Navigation and bushcraft
- Drill and ceremonial
- Boat and water safety
- Rescue techniques
- Counter disaster training
- Sea, search and rescue technique
On Wednesday 8 February 2017 we held our first meeting for the year which was attended by over eighty cadets. The cadets were introduced to the new programme and our cadet instructors for the year:
Cadets went to the Gym where they participated in a range of games and were issued with their new cadet shirts.
The evening ended with a sausage sizzle and drink. We are looking forward to a wonderful year as our Emergency Service Cadets participate in interesting and challenging activities and training.