Cadet fireys Sydney bound

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Bunbury volunteer bushfire brigade cadets Cassidy Hodgson, 13, Tayisha Tuia, 15, Zeanna Bond, 13, Laughlan Davies, 14, Senita Spencer and Jordan Mcintosh, both 15 are heading to Sydney next month for the bushfire brigade championships.
Camera IconBunbury volunteer bushfire brigade cadets Cassidy Hodgson, 13, Tayisha Tuia, 15, Zeanna Bond, 13, Laughlan Davies, 14, Senita Spencer and Jordan Mcintosh, both 15 are heading to Sydney next month for the bushfire brigade championships. Credit: Nicole Salmeri

Seven Bunbury volunteer bushfire brigade cadets will be heading to Sydney to compete in the Australian Fire Cadet Championships next month.

Cadet Jordan Mcintosh, 15, said he was excited about meeting new people.

“It will be good to meet other people in the same position as me, I’m 15 going on 16 and I volunteer here in the cadet program,” he said.

“I’ve wanted to be a firey my whole life so I think it will be good to meet other young people wanting to do the same thing,”

“I love to help people, I’m always volunteering around my own school. Going to fires is a pretty wicked adrenaline rush, but its good to be able to do something good for the community.”

The Bunbury cadets were one of two brigades selected to represent WA and Jordan said he was honoured and encouraged more people to get involved in volunteering.

“Our group and Geraldton are the only to teams going over from WA and I think it is a huge privilege to be able to represent WA over on the East.

“I think people should be more open to volunteering and it doesn’t have to be firies, you can be a volunteer ambo, you can do lots of things.”

Bunbury volunteer bushfire brigade cadet Zeanna Bond, 13, said she has been a volunteer for many years.

“I have been a volunteer for three to four years and we all learn lots of skills not just about firefighting but lso about general health and first aid,” Zeanna said.

Cadet coordinator Terri Kowal said she was grateful for the money granted to them from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

“We were very lucky to get the opportunity — DFES put out grants for two brigades to get the opportunity to go and we were lucky enough to be one of the brigades to receive some funding,” Mrs Kowal said.

“We are now madly fundraising to raise the rest of the money to get the kids over there.”

The bushfire brigade volunteer group will be hosting a quiz night at the Bunbury Volunteer Fire and Rescue station on Saturday August 31.

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