Cadet Jace O’Neil with fire chief Jeff Hebert. Photo: Submitted

Cadet Jace O’Neil with fire chief Jeff Hebert. Photo: Submitted

Nelson fire chief meets with air cadets

Nelson Air Cadets are celebrating their 70th anniversary

Submitted by Nelson Air Cadets

Jeff Hebert, Nelson’s recently appointed fire chief, visited the Nelson air cadets during the squadron’s command officer’s parade on Oct. 5.

During the evening, Hebert inspected the cadets on parade and gave a presentation on fire safety. He also demonstrated a thermal imaging camera and a breathing pack.

The squadron sponsoring committee is holding its annual general meeting on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The committee supports the Nelson Air Cadets by providing funding, equipment, a parade location, and other items not supplied to the cadets by the Department of National Defence.

The AGM will be held at the Nelson Eagles Hall at 641 Baker St. Any former cadets, parents of former cadets or anyone interested in helping support the Nelson Air Cadets is welcome to attend.

This year marks 70 years of air cadets in Nelson. As part of the anniversary, the squadron is hoping to get in contact with former members of the squadron. If you were a member of 561 as either a cadet, adult staff, or a member of the sponsoring committee, please contact us at Let us know what you have done since you where in 561 and send us any pictures that you have in your time with 561.

The squadron always welcome new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18. You can start your application at

The squadron meets every Wednesday evening at the Nelson Eagles Hall, 641 Baker St, from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and does activities on selected weekends throughout the year.

Adults who would like to volunteer with squadron are also welcome.

The cadet program is open to all Canadian youth from the ages of 12 to 18 regardless of income, race, religion, culture or other socio-economic factors. The program embraces Canada’s multiculturalism and offers young Canadian’s opportunities to interact with youth from other cultures.

During the summer the senior cadets can attend summer training at location across the country and locally for junior cadets. Cadets can receive high school credits for completing their training.