Potential firefighters in Brampton can apply for bursary


Published February 14, 2021 at 9:27 pm


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.

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

“Division Chief George Hitchcock was passionate about fire services, and fire and life safety education,” said Bill Boyes, Chief, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services. “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.”

Application forms are available online at Application forms are available online at www.bramptonfire.com and must be submitted to [email protected] 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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