Youngsters say yes
It was all go at the Kaikoura Fire Station on Monday evening when 16 young cadets on the YES (Youth in Emergency Services) programme attended their first session.
This is the first time the programme has been run in town after the announcement of Kaikoura as one of the six centres chosen by Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye last year.
The disclosure followed a successful pilot programme in Rotorua earlier in 2013.
The programme is a collaboration between the Ministry of Youth Development and Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
It involves young people being shown the skills needed to work in various volunteer emergency services and provides the opportunity to demonstrate these skills in a range of group scenarios.
The 16 cadets will now have their work cut out for them throughout March with sessions on Monday nights and Saturday mornings where they will train with the fire brigade, St John, Coastguard and Civil Defence.
They will then put their training to good use over the last weekend in March with scenario-based activities, details of which will be kept a closely-guarded secret from the cadets until the day.
A graduation ceremony will also be held on the final weekend.
Each cadet will have the option of volunteering in an emergency service once they complete the programme.