Cadet trains with Canadian Forces

Gabrielle Bilinski of Campbell River learned firefighting and flood control techniques from Canadian Forces Instructors

Gabrielle Bilinski of Campbell River spent three days last week learning firefighting and flood control techniques from Canadian Forces Instructors at the Damage Control Training Facility in Esquimalt.

Bilinski is a member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Admiral Dewolf and is currently taking her six-week-long Boatswain Mate Course on the HMCS Quadra in Comox. During this course she will spend many of her days aboard a Royal Canadian Navy ORCA Patrol Class Tender Vessel.

“I love sailing here, I can’t believe I get to do all of this for free” says the Grade 11 Timberline Secondary student. “I practiced using a fire hose and fire extinguisher to put out fires. The best was being in the flood simulator and having gallons of water rushing out at me while my partner and I had to plug it!”

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a national youth program sponsored by the Department of National Defence and the Navy League of Canada.

The program is offered to all youth in Canada aged 12-18 and is provided at zero cost to families.