Friday, June 3, 2016

Teens take on adrenaline-pumping challenges in Fire Cadets and Bucket Brigade

This summer, teens between the ages of 14 and 18 year of age (by July 1) from Calgary and surrounding areas can find out if they have what it takes at the Calgary Fire Department Bucket Brigade.

Cadets Mamta Devi and Reid Zaharia each received the
2016 ATCO Scholarship presented by Kelly McCann,
Senior Manager Calgary Operations, ATCO
The four-day summer program gives teens a chance to experience the excitement of firefighting while learning the basics of the technical skills needed for this adrenaline-pumping career

Two program dates are being offered this summer:
July 19 - 22 Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
August 16 - 19 Tuesday – Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration is now open. Spaces are limited and are filled on a first come-first served basis, so get your application in as soon as possible. There is a cost for the summer camps. Subsidies are available through the Fee Assistance program for those in financial need (call 311 for details on how to apply).

Fire Cadet program

If your teens like what they experience at Bucket Brigade they may also want to think about applying to the Fire Cadet program.

The Fire Cadet program is for youth aged 15 to 18 from Calgary and surrounding areas.

Cadets learn the basics of handling a fire hose, operating an apparatus (fire truck), high angle rescue, CPR and vehicle extrication, among other skills.

Beyond the technical, cadets develop important life skills such as leadership, teamwork, pride and respect while getting more involved in their community through volunteer work.

Cadets can also apply for one of two $1000 education scholarships awarded by ATCO, a long-time partner of the fire department’s Cadet program.

The application process will open in September and interested teens should go over the application now to get ready.

Submitted by Sandra Sweet, Calgary Fire Department

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