Almost half of the Stirling North Country Fire Service Brigade rose through the ranks as cadets to become senior officers.
Recognising their value in the community, the Lions Club of Port Augusta have donated $1000 to the Stirling North CFS Cadets to aid in the purchase of new equipment and improved training.
“The cadets are our future firies and we need to look after them,” Lions Club President Dean Parish explained upon handing over the giant cheque.
“We raise money for the local community and we like to give our money back to the people who are important in the area, and there’s nobody any more important than this group here.”
After a short break over the school holidays the cadets will return to their weekly training, kitted out with some new supplies.
Cadet Coordinator Alisha Clarke, a former cadet herself, knows how important donations like this are in keeping the cadets afloat.
“We try to make it as free as possible for the parents so there’s no out of pocket costs for them. It’s a big help,” Ms Clarke said.
“I found that coming through to seniors, going through cadets was life changing. Some of the skills that I’ve learnt through cadets has really helped me out.”
Captain of the Stirling North CFS Ben Russ was also a cadet alongside Ms Clarke, joining his local troop in 1999.
“Four out of my five senior officers in the brigade were cadets as well, so the training we get as a base as a cadet is just vital to what we do,” Mr Russ explained.
“We teach the cadets all the basic firefighting stuff so as soon as they make the senior brigade they hit the ground running and they are on track.
“Most of the time they have a lot more training experience than people who have joined as adults.”
As a thank you to the Lions Club of Port Augusta, First Lieutenant Rachel Crane presented Mr Parish and Mark Phillips with a framed photo of the Stirling North CFS Cadets.