Fire Cadets can prepare students for careers as firefighters

Winner of the Best Female Cadet title, Mary Olivia Marip, receiving her certificate from Khirudin.

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KUCHING, March 12: Students who join the Fire Cadets while in school have taken that first step towards a possible firefighter career in the future as they will be able to fulfil pre-qualifications.

This is because cadets will learn hands-on skills such as basic firefighting, expanding their leadership potential, personal skills, teamwork and discipline.

Sarawak Fire and Rescue (Bomba) director Khirudin Drahman said joining the fire cadets offers secondary school students the opportunity to gain real world skills, as well as develop their confidence and personal skills.

They also can make many new friends, learn to work as a team, and have much fun along the way.

“Whether you want to pursue your studies in college or university or straight into work, you’ll have a higher chance to be a firefighter. When there is an intake, during interview, the department will consider you as a priority because of your experience as a fire cadet. Regardless of SPM, diploma or degree, there are always plenty of development opportunities to aspire to in the department,” Khirudin said at the state level Bomba cadet camp closing ceremony today.

Meanwhile, he also advised the cadets to take their responsibilities wholeheartedly and be dedicated at all times.

“We must always excel in things we do, especially in areas of our expertise. If we are lacking knowledge, we will have low personal values, often violate discipline, and this may lead to the collapse of the country in the future.

“Therefore, keep your morals and discipline intact at all times to excel as a student. I believe you’ve have been exposed to a range of basic sciences to enable you to become useful citizens to your religion and country,” Khirudin said.

Khirudin (standing ninth left) and senior officers with competition winners from Samarahan zone.

A total of 116 students from several schools statewide, representing seven zones from Kuching, Samarahan, Sri Aman, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang, took part in the four-day camp at Bomba Sarawak headquarters here.

The students also took part in several competitions namely Dry March, ASPEC Challenge, Ropes and Knots, Cadet Challenge, and the Brain and Brawn Challenge.

Samarahan zone emerged as the champion for this year’s competition, giving them the ticket to compete at the national level in Taman Tasik Chinchin, Melaka. — DayakDaily