Brampton Fire now accepting applications for George Hitchcock bursary

By: Surjit Flora

BRAMPTON Residents interested in pursuing a career in fire services are invited to apply for the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund, commonly known as the George Hitchcock bursary.

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services created the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund in 2014 in honour of the late Division Chief George Hitchcock, who served in Brampton Fire and Emergency Services for 33 years. He was pivotal in establishing the Fire/Life Safety Education Division, which is instrumental in providing fire safety education to thousands of Brampton residents every year. He inspired and encouraged others to consider careers in fire services.

The George Hitchcock bursary is offered annually for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in fire services. The bursary is for the successful applicant’s post-secondary tuition fees.

For more information and to obtain an application form, visit www.bramptonfire.com.

Brampton mayor Patrick Brown, said, “I encourage qualified Bramptonians interested in pursuing a career in the fire services to apply for the George Hitchcock bursary. Brampton is a Healthy and Safe City, and our Fire and Emergency Services team plays an essential role in ensuring our community is protected. The City is proud to offer support each year to an individual who is dedicated to making a difference.”

While Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Community Services Rowena Santos said, “Fire and Emergency Services staff work tirelessly to protect our community and keep people and property safe. We applaud all working towards a career in the fire services, and encourage eligible

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Chief Bill Boyes said “Division Chief George Hitchcock was passionate about fire services, and fire and life safety education. This bursary is offered as a legacy to the valuable contributions he made to Brampton Fire. We are excited to support the next generation of aspiring firefighters to carry on the tradition of exceptional service.”

Brampton residents to apply for the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund.”

Requirements

To be eligible for the fund, applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

Individual is a Brampton resident and a Canadian citizen or is able to work in Canada

Applicant is pursuing an Ontario Post-Secondary School diploma in a fire-related program

Applicant must fully complete the requirements listed in the application form

Applications must be submitted by the submission deadline

After the interview process, the successful applicant must provide proof of acceptance to an Ontario Post-Secondary School program

Process

Application forms are available online at www.bramptonfire.com and must be submitted to firelife@brampton.ca. The application period will close on April 1, 2021, or upon receipt of 30 applications.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, and one applicant will be selected for the bursary, valued at $1,000, to be paid directly towards course enrolment.

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Surjit Singh Flora
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