Our primary role is to service the needs of our local community,
The Mandurah State Emergency Service (SES) Cadet program, conducted as part of the “Fast Track” course at the Mandurah Senior College, has been a spectacular success since its inception in 1986, and has inspired other SES Units to adopt similar programs based upon the Mandurah model.
As a means of introducing trained youth and fostering interest in careers with the Emergency Services, this program is innovative and unique. The cadet program has greatly assisted the Mandurah SES Unit in operational and public awareness programs.
The Mandurah SES cadets often participate as victims for training exercises, and also provide minor support to adult SES volunteers during operations.
DFES has supported the Mandurah SES Cadet program in the South West region since its introduction, and it has developed and grown into becoming a leader in its field. Many units in the South-West region have benefited from the trained youth and the leadership qualities the Cadets have developed during exposure to the innovative program. In fact, many units throughout WA have based their cadet programs on the Mandurah model, and we have received numerous enquiries for information on the program.
Mandurah Senior College staff, parents, students and Mandurah SES volunteers are proud to be trend setters and leaders in this field of endeavour. The benefits of such a program are many and varied for all concerned, not least for the Communities and SES Units in the South West Region.
The educational benefit to students is immeasurable.
The elevating of self esteem is enhanced by the awarding of individual certificates in the five components of the cadet course:Senior First Aid
A comprehensive course that includes casualty management and handling, triage, along with the basics of first aid.
Basic Voice Procedures
A course in emergency frequencies radio procedures and operations. Practical work in handling equipment, setting up field antennas, maintenance and correct radio etiquette.Driver Training
A course with the ultimate objective to give students the skills, knowledge, and, above all, proper attitudes necessary for the efficient and safe operation of a motor vehicle. This course was requested by the police officer seconded to the Education Department to review and develop the Driver Training units now in schools.Map Reading and Navigation
A course in compass and map reading proficiency, including practical activities such as orienteering, negotiating streets using directories and the knowledge of map languages.
Basic individual and mass rescue techniques e.g. well rescues, water rescues, search techniques, storm damage management & casualty welfare.
Skills taught in each of these units have proven to be invaluable transferable skills. Certificates achieved at the completion of each of the units have proved, in many cases, the factor that have won individuals jobs over other applicants that simply have an academic report in their portfolio.
The student who graduates top of each course also receives an individual trophy and has their name engraved on an honour board displayed in the foyer of the Mandurah SES Headquarters.