Whitby Fire and Emergency Services recently announced Kaitlyn Bridgeman, a grade seven student at Williamsburg Public School, as the 2018 Junior Fire Chief. Kaitlyn was selected out of the 240 graduates from this year’s Junior Firefighter Summer Camp. At camp, Kaitlyn demonstrated a keen knowledge of fire safety, good sportsmanship and willingness to help others.
As part of the 2018 Fire Prevention Week, Kaitlyn was picked up at her school in a fire truck, participated in Junior Fire Chief training and was recognized at a special presentation by Mayor Don Mitchell and Fire Chief Dave Speed.
The specialized Junior Fire Chief training built on knowledge gained at the summer camp. Highlights included using special fire gear and equipment such as hoses and extinguishers and an aerial ride.
In addition to participating in these activities, Kaitlyn received a prize pack and will join Whitby firefighters at a number of community events, parades and ceremonies throughout the year.
The Junior Fire Chief for the Year Contest is supported by Durham District School Board and sponsored by Canadian Tire North and Whitby McDonalds.
Whitby Fire Training and Professional Development keeps the Department on the leading edge of emergency-related knowledge, techniques, skills and abilities throughout the year.