Emergency Services >> Junior Firefighter Program
With the overwhelming support of our community partners, we have successfully completed our fifth Junior Firefighter camp August 15 to 19, 2016.
Junior firefighter programs give twenty-five (25) young people (10-12 years) in our Community the chance to learn about fire, rescue, and emergency medical service response organizations. The program is operated in a safe, controlled, educational, and fun way. The camp is divided into two (2) components; previous year’s graduates are invited back for a three (3) day course in July to pick five (5) participants to become Junior Leaders to assist us with the training at the August camp. The second component is the August camp, with five (5) days of hands-on learning what it’s like to be in the emergency services.
Some of the benefits of a Junior Firefighter Program include:
- Allowing youth to gain insight and interest in becoming long-term members of emergency services;
- Increasing awareness among youth about volunteering and supporting fire and emergency services;
- Leadership development for Canadian youth who are tomorrow’s leaders; and
- Educating parents and care-givers on the importance of encouraging volunteerism.
It is anticipated that participants will go home at the end of the week with some life skills, an appreciation for those who volunteer in their communities and a respect for not only themselves but for others as well.
The Town will be accepting applications for the 2017 Junior Firefighter program in Spring 2017. Stay tuned.