Kids fired up at Burnaby Fire Department youth academy

Fourteen Burnaby high school students got a chance to try their hand at firefighting last week at the fire department’s third annual youth academy.

The four-day event saw 10 boys and four girls climb ladders, hang off buildings, cut up a car using the Jaws of Life, handle hydrants and hoses, put out fires and learn life-saving skills.

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“They get a good slice of the whole firefighter career,” chief training officer Bob Rossignol said.

That slice included helping with a meal for the homeless at Southside Community Church last Wednesday.

“Volunteering is a huge aspect of the fire department,” Rossignol said.

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