(Back left to right) Cadets Jake Poirier

(Back left to right) Cadets Jake Poirier

Fire cadets learn the ropes

The District of Sooke has initiated a program to recruit future firefighters

The Sooke Fire and Rescue Services’ first batch of cadets received hands-on training during their second session of instruction on April 27.  The four cadets put out controlled fires with fire extinguishers, extracted water from fire hydrants, filled up a tanker truck, and handled an actual fire hose in a team setting.

The enthusiastic cadets, one female and three males, ranging between the ages of 14-16, listened intently to each lesson during the hour and a half long session.

Career and volunteer fire fighter, Cam Norris-Jones, served as the primary instructor and said the cadets did a job well done.

“They did really well actually, all of them are eager, and they all want to be a part of it.”

He said the most important lesson the cadets took home was the fire extinguisher training.

“The portable extinguishers is the most likely thing they can use in the outside world. It’s the most relevant skill.”

“It’s ridiculously fun, but it’s also challenging at times because you realize you have to get more fit…to do what the fire fighters do,” said cadet Drew Sherlow, 16.

Sherlow said the experience has opened his eyes to pursuing fire fighting as a career. An ambition shared by fellow cadet Johnathan Dyer, 16.

“I’m loving it. I’ve wanted to become a fire fighter for as long as anyone can remember.”

Cadets who remain in training will eventually qualify for fire fighter certifications.

 

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