Junior Fire Crew

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Context

The local First Nation has a vibrant and active volunteer fire department, including a Junior Fire Crew made up of secondary students who are members of the First Nation. Approximately half of the secondary school aged students in this First Nation choose to attend the nation-run school and half choose to attend a nearby public high school.

Students train for up to two years, and complete fire safety, physical endurance, and communication skills evaluations in order to earn their place on active calls. Students on the Junior Fire Crew have responded to house and chimney fires, medical emergencies, and wildland fire calls, some of which threatened over a dozen homes.

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Teacher Observation

In oral interviews with their Careers and Planning teacher, two students specifically pointed to the collaborative nature of their training and spoke to how members coach each other depending on individual strengths. Further, the students emphasized the importance of knowing who is undertaking which role in each fire and the collaborative nature of the crew’s organization. They displayed a clear understanding of their specific roles on the team, as well as the roles of more senior and junior members. There is also collaboration with other local fire crews, both locally-based wildfire crews and fire crews from neighbouring communities.

The Career and Planning teacher observed that participation in the Junior Fire Crew had a positive impact on the confidence and self-esteem of students. Further, some students went on to pursue firefighting careers after their involvement.

 

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Collaboration

Conscience et responsabilité sociales