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Blackdown Cadet Training Centre hosts CFB Borden Career Fair

CWO Jeremy Buckingham Chief Warrant Officer of the Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy show cadets various equipment used by firefighters (Courtesy of 2Lt Crystal Bryan)

The Blackdown Cadet Training Centre hosted a career fair showcasing dozens of military occupations from various fields

On Saturday 15 July, the Blackdown Cadet Training Centre hosted various units and organizations across the CFB Borden community to bring awareness to different careers in and out of the CAF.

Units present were the Canadian Forces Fire & CBRN Academy, Military Police Unit Borden, 32 Signals, Grey and Simcoe Foresters, CFLTC Music, CFLTC Transport, and Helmets to Hardhats.

“The fact that they get to see equipment and talk to individuals that do these roles daily gives them a good opportunity to see possibilities for the future,” said Training Coordinator and Organizer of the event, Lieutenant(N) Greg Pardy. “Altogether it was a very fun and successful event and we can’t wait to do it again.”

The career fair gave cadets and staff the ability to seek out opportunities beyond cadet training, with the focus being on career development within the CAF and its many Wings and Bases.

A member of the 32 Signals shows cadets communications equipment used by the signals regiment (Courtesy of 2Lt Crystal Bryan)

“It was so fascinating to see the different career opportunities that require different levels of required education or skills,” said Staff Cadet Sergeant Isabella Ferraro. “It really let us see that there is something out there for everyone. My favorite part was watching the band play or getting to sit inside of a massive transport truck.”

The hand on experience is one that allowed for participants to work with equipment pertaining to specific occupations within the forces and gain an understanding of how it might be used in the field.

“As CAF Firefighters, we thoroughly enjoy sharing our unique military occupation with the cadets,” said CWO of the Canadian Forces Fire & CBRN Academy, Jeremy Buckingham.

“We enjoy answering questions about the tools of the trade, allowing them to try on protective equipment, clean turnout and bunker gear. Especially for pictures and of course showcasing our firefighting apparatuses.”

“As a force generating Training Establishment (CFFCA) for the military firefighting trade we can’t ask for a better CAF attractions opportunity than the Blackdown Cadet Training Center Career Expo.”

Without the support of the CAF, and more specifically the Wings and Bases that support cadet units, opportunities available to youth through the cadet program would not be possible.

Blackdown Cadet Training Centre would like the thank the CFB Borden community for the continued support of their program.

Edited by: Caleb Hooper