Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services introduced the Youth Outreach Academy to give select Vancouver students in grades 10 through 12 the opportunity to experience life as a Vancouver firefighter.
Over five days, these hardworking students learn valuable firefighting, life saving, community building, and fundraising skills. Since 2010, over 100 Vancouver high school students have graduated from the Youth Outreach Academy.
Students receive a souvenir DVD of the exciting week-long experience.
What we teach
The program runs for five days, from 7:00am to 5:00pm. If you are selected to participate in the Youth Outreach Academy, you can expect to learn:
The academy is free of charge. Up to 24 students (boys and girls) are accepted.
Students must complete all five days to graduate from the academy and earn their CPR-C certificate.
The application deadline was on February 28, 2017.
Volunteer outreach and community service
The Youth Outreach Academy stresses the importance of voluntary work within the community. Each Academy takes part in an event to raise money for a charitable organization. Since the program started in 2010, Academy students have raised over $20,000.00.
Donations help community based projects in Vancouver and overseas, including:
The BC Professional Firefighters Burn Fund
Red Cross Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts