Minister presents certificates to youth trainees

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The Hon. Peter Dunne, Minister of Internal Affairs, hosted an event at the Beehive Theatrette in October to present training and participation certificates to students who had taken part in Wellington region Youth in Emergency Services training programmes in April and July, supported by the Ministry of Youth Development.

Thirty-five students, their parents, caregivers and teachers, including several school principals attended the event celebrating student achievement. The Minister commended them for their commitment to training which took place during their school holiday break. He also reminded everyone that the emergency management sector relies on volunteers who respond to a wide range of emergency situations and that those who completed the training represented the potential of the fire and emergency workforce. 

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Daniella Emer-Barbalich from St Catherine’s College spoke about the practical skills she developed and the valuable team-building and problem-solving opportunities which were part of the training provided by FETS (Fire and Emergency Training Solutions).  Several students also mentioned that they had made new friends during the programme and are interested in becoming part of local response crews. Emily Leason and Ebony Peck spoke about the Heretaunga College emergency response team which has been part of a school-wide capability and resilience-building initiative.

The event was also attended by Dave Key, Region 3 Area Manager, representing NZ Fire Service who encouraged the young people to join fire and rescue brigades to maintain and develop their skills. Bill Butzbach from the UFBA spoke about the initiative being part of a strategic approach to supporting volunteer workforce sustainability.