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RCFD Cadet Program showcased their skills

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KELO) — Friday, the first Rapid City Fire Department Cadet Program held a showcase as they finished the first year.

This showcase was to show their friends, families and instructors what they have learned and worked on during this academic school year.

This first cadet class has seven participants from five different schools throughout the Black HIlls.

“This is an opportunity for us to engage and interact with high school students on a different level. And this is an opportunity for us to bring them in and give them an up close and personal look at the Rapid City Fire Department but also the fire and emergency profession,” Cadet Mentor Jim Bussell said.

Each cadet had a different story and motivation for why they chose the cadet program.

“My grandfather was one of the firefighters that joined the department after the flood of 1972, and so just growing up hearing his stories has been really awesome. When I heard about this program, I was like, hey I could see what he did,” Cadet RJ Cole said.

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“My family has had a lot of medical things happen, and the way doctors, nurses, and medical assistance has been there for my family, has really just inspired me to go into the medical field,” Cadet Avery Dupont said.

Different things stood out for the cadets as they were training to become a firefighter and EMS.

“One thing that I really will take away is starting IV’s. That is one of my favorite things that I’ve learned to do. And it’s the most interesting too, you have to time it right, you have to get the right vein at the right moment,” Dupont said.

“Learning about the tactical rescue and water rescue this department does and it’s really great. What I’ve learned is this department does a lot of stuff, like it does almost anything you could find,” Cole said.

The fire department deemed this first year of the program as a success and expects it to continue to grow into the future.

Applications for year two of the cadet program will close next Saturday, June 1st.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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