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REPORTING · 16th November 2013
Walter McFarlane
Fire Prevention Week was on October 6th to the 12th this year. With Fire Prevention week comes the Fire Chief for a day which was privileged to Darius Nijjer, age 5, on Friday, November 8th.

Nijjer came down from Nechako Elementary School to the fire station where he spent the morning touring the Public Safety Building and getting to look at the Fire Fighting Equipment and play with the fire hose. He got to ride in the fire truck and eat lunch with Mayor Joanne Monaghan, his parents and the Kitimat Fire Department.

Nijjer told us the most fun part of the day was using the hose. He wants to be a chief when he grows up.

He returned to school at 1:00, having received several gifts and photos, and signing several proclamations to the local papers, thanking them for letting people know about fire prevention week.

Monaghan stated this is one of the neatest things she gets to do. “This is something you’re going to remember for the rest of your life,” said Monaghan.

Regular Fire Chief Trent Bossance stated this is one of the most rewarding parts of his job. “The kids and the youth are a big part of what we do, a big part of who we are in the fire service itself. Being the fire prevention week or being out in the general public, having the young kids look up to you or get excited to see you, by far the better part of the job,” said Bossance.

The theme for this year’s fire prevention week was to prevent Kitchen fires. “Typically, Kitchen Fires are some of our more significant hazards within a house, within a residence and it’s probably one of the leading fires that we go to here in Kitimat,” said Bossance.

He stated most people are prepared to prevent Kitchen Fires through their cooking habits or the fire extinguishers in the kitchens.