Dungog High School students have gone behind the scenes to learn about the State Emergency Service.
Sixteen Year 9 and 10 students took part in the intensive week-long SES Cadet program late last year.
The students visited the Port Stephens SES unit at Raymond Terrace and Dungog Fire Station along with four days of in school activities which included learning how to tie knots, use radios and about the SES protocols.
The final day saw more hands-on activities such as a mock search and rescue, rescuing a dummy from the river at Clarence Town and crawling through a virtual collapsed building.
Jim McArthur, SES Commander and the youth engagement coordinator for the Hunter said the program gives the students an insight into volunteering, the importance of teamwork and communication.
This was the first year Dungog High had taken part in the program which stretches across the Hunter.