Junior firefighters learn the ropes


The Independent Staff

There was a whole new group of recruits learning the ropes at the Petrolia/North Enniskillen Fire Department this week.

The department hosted its second Junior Firefighter camp of the year.

Earlier this month, the department hosted an all-girls camp. But this time around it was a co-ed camp. The teens learn everything from rolling hoses to auto extrication and home fire safety.

Kera Mevis


Here, the group shows parents on Friday just how quickly they can prepare for a fire. The Jr. Firefighters have to complete the task in just 90 seconds. This group finished with time to spare leading Chief Lawrence Swift to joke there should be no reason for the teens to be late for school in the fall anymore.

They also showed parents some of their newly acquired firefighting skills. The groups were told to put out an open flame on a gas meter.

Here, Kyra Mevis of Petrolia, tackles the flames with her squad before it was time to have a few hamburgers and hotdogs with family and friends. Mevis says she’s planning to be a teacher later in life and expects some of the skills she learned at the camp will help her there.