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 2022's contingent who participated, there are 46 youth who have successfully completed the program since it began.
2023 Training Program
The 2023 program will run from Friday, March 10 - Friday, March 17
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. There are three phases to being accepted:
- Completed application form
- Fitness test
- Personal interview
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. Check out the video below from our successful 2022 Program.
Training for the junior program is a condensed version of the eight-week firefighter basic training program and includes:
- Aerial experience
- Auto extrication
- Basic first aid as well as CPR / AED (defibrillator)
- Fire extinguishers
- Fire ground drills
- High angle equipment and rappelling
- Hose and nozzle skills
- Public service component
- Vehicle and equipment familiarization