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REPORTING · 29th October 2011
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat’s had a new Fire Chief on Friday, October 28th! Jaeden Silvestre, a grade four student attending Kildala Elementary School. With the title of Fire Chief for the day, Silvestre had the opportunity to spend the morning at the Fire Hall learning about what it means to be a fire fighter.

He got to ride in the shiny new Fire Engine, had a tour of all the equipment, and got to take out the fire hose, put on firefighting gear and extinguish a ‘burning’ building using the fire hose.

At noon, he had lunch with his parents as well as Mayor Joanne Monaghan, the Kitimat Fire Department, Mme. Toews (his teacher) and Agnes Casgrain (Principal). Just before returning back to school, Silvestre signed a proclamation thanking the Kitimat Daily for covering Fire Prevention Week as well as his term as Fire Chief.

“Fire safety education is important to everyone. We are taught about fire safety at school. However, there are many adults who need to be reminded and a news website is a great way to do that,” read the proclamation.

Silvestre returned to class with a cake to share with his classmates, some party favours and a bag of goodies including a Smokey the Bear Watch.

The theme this year, for fire prevention week is “Protect Your Family from Fire.” Acting Fire Chief, Trent Bossence, explained the goal is to organize a plan with escape routs and meeting places. Another step is making the home fire safe includes having fire extinguishers and making sure smoke detectors are charged up.

As she was leaving the building, someone passed a suggestion onto Monaghan for a similar program. Could Mayor for the day be a day in the future?