Today, Calgary Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc announced grade five student Sophia Ayad as the Calgary Fire Department 2014 Junior Fire Chief at her school, Ecole De La Source. The Junior Fire Chief is part of a week-long promotion of Fire Prevention Week happening from October 5 to 11, 2014. As part of her duties, Sophia helped pull the fire alarm to assist firefighters in conducting a fire drill in her school to help all the students learn about what to do in case of fire.
“Sophia was a great Junior Fire Chief, helping us with our school fire drill,” said Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc. He visited Sophia’s classroom to speak with her classmates and present her with a kid-size firefighter jacket and honourary helmet.
Every year the Calgary Fire Department selects a local grade five student to act as Junior Fire Chief for one day during Fire Prevention Week. In addition to Sophia helping with the fire drill, she and her family were able to ride in a fire truck through their community and have lunch at their local fire station with the crew and Fire Chief Uzeloc before going back to school for the afternoon.
The Fire Department is holding several events to promote the 2014 Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, “Working smoke alarms save lives. Test yours every month.” To learn more about installing, maintaining and testing smoke alarms, the Calgary Fire Department has a short online video demonstrating smoke alarm basics for Calgarians. The Fire Department would like to encourage all Calgarians to take the time this week to ensure their homes have working smoke alarms.
More information about the Calgary Fire Department 2014 Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by Safeway, can be found at calgary.ca/fire and on Facebook at facebook.com/thecityofcalgary.