Students from local elementary schools got to be fire chiefs for the day on Oct. 16. Firefighter Bruce Nelson (far left) and fire prevention officer Tom Hopkins flank a group of Grade 3 students who got to sit in the classic 1928 Studebaker fire truck. Students from left: Kate Dryborough

School kids become firefighters for a day

Four local elementary school children had the chance to find out what it takes to be a firefighter for the day.

Four local elementary school children had the chance to find out what it takes to be a firefighter for the day.

Students from Fernie Academy and Isabella Dicken Elementary had their names drawn and were chosen to be junior chiefs for the day, which included wearing a fireman’s jacket and hat and meeting Fire Chief Ted Ruiter, before heading to City Hall tomeet Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano.

Chief Ruiter asked the children about some of the safety measures they learned about, including establishing a meeting place with their families in case a fire broke out in their homes, and in the case of an emergency to call 911.

Eight-year-olds Jaxson Miller, Danika Blais and Kate Dryborough of Isabella Dicken and seven-year-old Saphira Sallenback of the Academy were the lucky students chosen to take part in the activities of the day.

Also involved with the event were Tom Hopkins, fire prevention officer and Bruce Nelson, firefighter.