Cherrybrook Technology High School student Benjamin Albers has been announced as the 2013 NSW State Emergency Service Cadet of the Year.
The Glenhaven resident was part of a work experience group from three schools who completed the cadet program in term two of 2013.
Upon completion, he joined the The Hills SES unit to continue developing his skills, and ‘‘for a chance to put his skills into practice helping the community’’.
Benjamin is also a dual member of the Oakville and Glenhaven Rural Fire Service Brigades.
Hornsby MP Matt Kean said the award program, which began in 2009, acknowledged the invaluable role young people played in the NSW emergency services.
‘‘The NSW SES and RFS cadet programs promote leadership, community service and the values of volunteering in young people across NSW,’’ he said.
‘‘Through the school cadet programs, students safely learn how to deal with emergencies, be it fires, floods or other natural disasters,’’ Mr Kean said.
The NSW RFS cadet program began in 2005.
More than 5000 students have since gone through 329 programs.
The NSW SES has also conducted 107 programs, with 2088 students participating since its launch in 2008.