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 chose to continue with the program.
Students are selected via a competitive application process. The program’s goal is to provide students the opportunity to learn experientially about firefighter career opportunities, as well as support the City’s long-term goal of fostering diversity within Coquitlam Fire Rescue.
2020 Program Highlights
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)
The Junior Firefighting Program is possible in part, thanks to financial support from of a number of Corporate Partners committed to public safety:
AW Fireguard Supplies
Commercial Emergency Equipment
Nucor Environmental Solutions
Wholesale Fire Rescue
Coquitlam’s Corporate Partners program offers businesses the opportunity to align themselves with City programs or signature civic events in exchange for financial and in-kind support that the City uses to offset the costs.