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 have continued with the program.
Including 2023's contingent who participated, there are 58 youth who have successfully completed the program since it began.
The hands-on program gives youth who are considering their career options a close-up look at the profession of firefighting, including participating in training exercises and experiencing the community goodwill, pride, excitement and camaraderie that come with the job.
Training for the junior program is a condensed version of the eight-week firefighter basic training program and includes:
Basic first aid as well as CPR / AED (defibrillator)
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