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Central Okanagan students feel the heat at firefighter bootcamp

90 students took part to learn firefighting skills

Central Okanagan Public School students got a glimpse into the life of a firefighter.

On April 24, about 90 students from seven local schools took part in firefighter bootcamp at the Kelowna Fire Hall 1 on Enterprise Way.

Students learned how to roll out and connect fire hoses, the proper use of a fire extinguisher and what dispatchers do.

Jonah VanHeukelom, a Grade 9 student at Dr. Knox Middle School, ran the tower stairs with an oxygen tank strapped on. He said the pack was about 35 pounds and felt similar to carrying a backpack full of textbooks.

A career in firefighting isn’t out of the question for VanHeukelom.

“One of the things I wanted to do when I was younger was go to Ontario and do firefighting. So, I feel like this is a good way to bring me into how to learn that.”

The firefighter bootcamp program has been teaching students the ins and outs of the career for approximately two decades.

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Brittany Webster

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