NOMINATIONS are open for the Emergency Services Cadets program giving Wagga's youth the chance to experience life as a first responder.
Organised through PCYC Wagga in partnership with Wagga Police, the Rural Fire Service and other emergency services, the program is targeted at children aged 13-17 with the aim of engaging them in a range of emergency response skills.
Team work and developing new skills were a big part of the program's appeal, according to PCYC Wagga program coordinator Jon Morgan.
"Teenagers will get the opportunity to learn new skills, test themselves, grow and be part of a team," he said.
Run over 14 weeks each Monday evening, the cadets will be hosted at a designated police or emergency service headquarters to learn the specifics of each service and be provided with the relevant training.
Cadets will also have the opportunity to continue on and gain RSF qualifications, with hopes of boosting future involvement in the emergency services.
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PCYC Wagga manager Brett Somerville said he hoped this year's intake would show as much enthusiasm as those in 2019.
"We are proud to have launched this program in Wagga last year and are looking to watch its impact here and across the state in the near future," he said.
"Our 2019 Cadets grew as a group and as individuals whilst being able to help out at events and grow as a unit.
PCYC Wagga are seeking expressions of interest from the city's youth wanting to be involved, with the initial intake capped at 20 people. The program will officially run from May through to October.