Firefighter James Patterson

Firefighter James Patterson

Fire Chief for a day

Every year, the Nakusp and District Volunteer Fire Department chooses a child to become Fire Chief for the Day.

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

Every year, the Nakusp and District Volunteer Fire Department chooses a child from either the kindergarten or grade one class to become Fire Chief for the Day.

A contest is held to determine whose fire safety drawing is the most comprehensive and that child is then rewarded with a day of fun at the firehall.

This year’s winner was Kaitlyn Teindl, who drew a stellar layout of her home and all the possible routes to follow in case of a fire.

“The exercise teaches them escape routes for their houses. They draw a little picture of how to get out, and where the safe meeting place is. Parents can help with the layout, but kids are expected to do the drawing themselves,” said acting Fire Chief Reg Gustafson.

 

On Saturday, October 25, Kaitlyn and her parents Melissa and Jarrod Teindl got to ride around in the fire engine, choosing when to turn on the lights and sirens, talking on the radio to the station and were then treated to lunch to celebrate.