During spring break, when most kids are kicking back, a group of courageous boys and girls between the ages of 15 and 18 test their strength and resolve at the Gulf Islands Fire/Rescue Cadet Camp. Their rigorous instruction includes structure fires, auto extrication, high angle rope rescue, search and rescue, medical first response and other fire service skills, totaling over 100 hours of training.
Firefighter instruction has been shown to be a great way to challenge teens - mentally and physically - and this unique boot camp has helped its graduates reach new levels of confidence, teamwork and self-esteem. Although there are a handful of fire cadet programs across Canada, the Gulf Islands Fire/Rescue cadets live, work and play with firefighters and community mentors 24 hours a day for 6 consecutive days. This level of immersion and intensity has shown remarkable results.
The camp is made possible through hundreds of volunteer hours contributed by more than 30 community firefighters and support crew. We are incredibly proud of this program and look forward to continuing to making a difference in the lives of young people in our community and beyond.