May 28, 2018
”A thousand firefighters won’t be able to extinguish me!” The lyrics of that iconic Israeli song took on a special meaning last week as the students of the first-ever graduating class of the WIZO Nachlat Yehuda Youth Village Fire & Rescue Cadets Program received their completion certificates at a special ceremony at Rishon LeZion’s Regional Fire Station.
The 26 proud graduates, both boys and girls, completed a three year training program, the only one of its kind in Israel, which empowers these teenagers from at-risk families and gives then the opportunity to grow and develop into responsible young adults.
At the ceremony, the cadets demonstrated their firefighting skills by quickly and efficiently extinguishing a fire set ablaze in an old abandoned vehicle.
More Than Just Fighting Fires
The unique program, which was established in 2015 and currently has over 70 students from grades 10-12 participating in it, does much more than just train students to be the next generation of firefighters and rescue workers. “The program instills in these young people confidence and pride, which is so critical for these young people, especially considering that many of them come from very difficult family situations,” Doron Shabi, who heads the program, explained.