Teen in jr. firefighter program just wants to help save lives

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Chad Tamminga leads Jenna Bezanson through a drill during the Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Department’s Junior Firefighters program. A dozen teens took part in the camp.



Jenna Bezanson already loves firefighting.

The 14-year-old Petrolia girl was one of twelve young people who learned more about the art of firefighting in the Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Department’s Junior Firefighting program recently.

Over the course of three days the recruits learned things such as how to use fire department tools, like hoses, nozzles, hydrants as well as auto extrication, home fire safety, and search and rescue.

For Bezanson, some of the items were review. This is her third junior firefighter camp.

“This year we did search and rescue…it was really cool to get to communicate with a partner when you can’t see anything,” she says. “I knew if I stayed with him we’d make it out.”

Bezanson seemed to be taking the camp very seriously, pretending there was a real person who needed to rescued because it is something she wants to do.

“I’ve always wanted to be a volunteer firefighter,” says Bezanson adding her father was a volunteer before he became a paramedic.

Bezanson is considering whether she wants to take on firefighting as a career but she plans to attend Lambton College’s Fire College but she knows one thing for sure: “I want to save lives.”