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Delta Fire Chief for a Day
There was a new fire chief in Delta today, but she's back at school now.
Hayley Reid, a 10-year-old student in Grade 5 at South Park Elementary in Tsawwassen, got to be fire chief for the day, chosen among thousands of children across Delta.
"We call it an awesome fun-filled day of adventure," said deputy fire chief Robin Cullen, who has seen many little fire chiefs over his 36 years with the department.
Each year Delta Fire and Emergency Services visits elementary aged school children across the municipality to teach kindergarteners to Grade 3's the importance of fire safety. Following those first few years of fire education, children in grades 4-7 are provided the opportunity to fill out a fire and life safety contest.
The winner of that contest gets to be chief for a day.
On Friday (Nov. 1), Hayley was picked up from school in one of the department's brand new fire trucks and taken to Ladner's Fire Hall 1 to meet Fire Chief Dan Copeland. She received a plaque acknowledging her as fire chief, and E-Comm 911 dispatchers announced Hayley as the fire chief who would be calling the shots, said Cullen.
After that, it was off to McDonald's with Chief Copeland and Mayor Lois Jackson for breakfast. Then they visited Fire Hall 7 in the Tilbury Industrial Park for a mini-firefighter combat challenge course.
Hayley then visited Fire Hall 3 for lunch, before going to Sunshine Hills to watch a demonstration for extrication of a victim from a car by rescue crews using the jaws of life. Then it was back in the firetruck to Tsawwassen for coffee and donuts before being dropped off at South Park.
"It's a neat little program for them. It gives them a day out of school and they're just tickled pink, and the school gets a little trophy, and next next year we do it all over again," said Cullen.