Cadets swing into birthday action

By LYNDAL GAWEN

MOUNT Morgan Emergency Service cadets celebrated 10 years of being in service by being thrown into an emergency scenario yesterday.

The year 8 to 12 cadets had to rescue someone who was bitten by a snake in bushland, requiring the person to be placed on a stretcher and carried out.

The exercise meant the cadets got to use bandaging skills, stretcher skills and teamwork.

Every two weeks, on Monday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, the cadets learn new skills and practise their old ones.

These include navigating, compass work, first-aid, communication, field craft, land search and mentoring.

David Porter, local cadet co-ordinator for Mount Morgan, said they were one of the first cadet groups to have started up in Queensland.

Cadets who join are then able to move on and become adult State Emergency Service volunteers or cadet leaders.

Nora Fay, 16, who has been a part of the Mount Morgan cadets for 18 months, originally joined because of its potential to help her in her everyday life.

She is now equipped with skills that will not only allow her to help her community but also save lives.

"It gives me skills I can go away with,'' she said.

"I've got that skill and can use it.



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