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Photos + Video: Kids learn extinguisher use from Port Moody's first junior firefighters class

Port Moody Fire Rescue hosted six Grade 12 students for its inaugural program, which included a live burn demonstration for elementary-aged kids.

Pin. Aim. Squeeze. Sweep.

More than a dozen kids learned these four critical steps, known as PASS, to using a fire extinguisher during a visit to Port Moody Fire Hall #1 on Friday (April 21).

The Pro-D Day for School District 43 (SD43) provided the opportunity for the local department to demonstrate the proper use of fire extinguishers for students.

Six junior firefighters helped Lieutenant Mike Boechler with the live burn in the Port Moody Fire Rescue (PMFR) parking lot (150 Newport Dr.) as well in teaching community safety for their young visitors, ranging from ages nine to 12.

Boechler, also PMFR's lead for community outreach and fire and life safety education lead, said this was the first intake of junior firefighters as a result of the demand for the program and help from the city.

He assisted in teaching 12 other high-school students over spring break during Coquitlam Fire Rescue's training course in partnership with SD43.

PMFR used a burn tray and tiger torch to conduct the live burn.

From a safe distance, junior firefighters stood by while each participating student used the fire extinguisher, released the dry powder and put out the controlled blaze.

Port Moody's inaugural class of junior firefighters endured several forms of training, including ladders and towers, first aid, physical fitness tests, boat safety and auto extrication.

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