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 this year’s contingent who will be participating during spring break from March 19 - 26, there have been 34 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.
Students are selected via a competitive application process. Besides providing students the opportunity to learn experientially about firefighter career opportunities, the program supports the City’s long-term goal of fostering diversity within Coquitlam Fire Rescue.
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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