Junior Firefighter Program

2020 Training Program

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue, in partnership with School District Number 43, held their inaugural Junior Firefighter Program during spring break in 2019 with students from grades 11 and 12 learning what it takes to become a firefighter.

By the end of the program, the 12 participants had gained a greater understanding of the job and several expressed an interest in pursuing a firefighting career. Due to the pilot program’s success and continued interest from students, Coquitlam Fire/Rescue and School District Number 43 chose to continue with the program.

Students are selected via a competitive application process. The program’s goal is to provide students the opportunity to learn experientially about firefighter career opportunities, as well as support the City’s long-term goal of fostering diversity within Coquitlam Fire Rescue.

2020 Program Highlights

Training for the junior program is a condensed version of the eight-week firefighter basic training program and includes:

  • Auto extrication
  • Basic first aid as well as CPR / AED (defibrillator)
  • Drills
  • Fire extinguishers
  • High angle equipment and rappelling
  • Hose and nozzle drills
  • Ladder climbs
  • Public service component
  • Scene assessment
  • Vehicle and equipment familiarization
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