Teenagers dig in to deal with a day of disaster

TUNNEL TRAINING: Danielle Hunt from Careers Network, centre, with Oxley High School students Lahkeisha Cook, Kate Cook, Harry Ellison and Josh Trewern doing a tunnel rescue. Photo: Barry Smith 110815BSC02SEVERAL teenagers were involved in the rescue of a body from a series of tunnels in Tamworth yesterday – but they were SES cadets, the tunnels were temporary and the body was a mannequin.
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About 40 high school students took part in an activity day at the Jewry St sporting fields, the culmination of a five-week cadetprogram.

They practised skills such as rescue roping and haulage techniques, saving someone trapped under a trailer, land searches and navigating through a tunnel.

Namoi region deputy controller Heath Stimson said all the teens seemed to have enjoyed the day.

“Participation has been really high today – that’s how you know it’s going well with young people, I suppose,” he said.

The students were from Oxley, Tamworth and Gunnedah high schools.

Another 30 from Wee Waa and Narrabri are working through the program and will have their activity day in a few weeks.

Mr Stimson said the cadet program was in its sixth year in this region.

He said it had several benefits: it informed young people about the role and scope of the SES; taught them leadership, teamwork and communication skills; showed them the dos and don’ts before, during and after an emergency, and gave them a taste of life as an SES volunteer.

He said some teens joined soon after completing the program, but most went “back to their school, sporting and social lives” and came back a few years later to the idea of joining.

“We do see it as a successful thing,” he said.

“Above all else, it’s about making the community aware of what we do and how we do it.

“In an emergency or disaster, these guys will champion the SES.”

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