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Newcomer Youth Experience Career with Winnipeg Fire Paramedic

August 10, 2019 8:14 AM | News

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Newcomer youth take part in Equity and Diversity Camp with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. (@CITYOFWINNIPEG / TWITTER)

Twelve newcomer youths were welcomed to the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service training academy this week as part of a summer camp program designed to expose them to different emergency scenarios.

The youth got a chance to shadow firefighters, paramedics, and WFPS 911 communication operators, while also participating in career training workshops such as interview preparation.

“These youth have worked hard over the past week and are leaving with some important skills and safety information which will benefit them both in future careers and in their lives in general,” Deputy Mayor Markus Chambers said on Friday.

“It is our hope that the kids leave feeling empowered and they bring their new knowledge and skills back to their families and friends.”

Youth received training in a number of employable skills areas including CPR and First Aid certificates, Safe Workers of Tomorrow training, along with fire safety and extinguisher training.

This was the ninth year for the Equity and Diversity Camp and was organized in partnership with Newcomer Employment and Education Development Services.