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Brampton Fire and Emergency Services offers financial support to aspiring firefighters

BRAMPTON, ON – The application period for the George Hitchcock Bursary is now open. Each year, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services supports a local student pursuing a career in the fire services through the George Hitchcock Bursary. ​The financial support from the bursary can be used by the successful student for post-secondary tuition fees.

The applicant must be a Brampton-based Canadian citizen (or able to work in Canada) pursuing an Ontario post-secondary diploma in a fire-related program. Application forms are available online at and must be submitted to
The submission period will close either on April 30, 2018 or upon receiving 30 applications, whichever comes first. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and one applicant will be selected for the bursary of $1,000 to be paid directly toward course enrolment. 

The endowment fund was set up with seed money of more than $31,000 received from public donations. The scholarship amount disbursed each year varies.

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services set up the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund in 2014 to provide financial support to those pursuing a career in the fire services. The fund is in honour of the late George Hitchcock, who served in the Brampton Fire Service for 33 years and was pivotal in establishing the Fire/Life Safety Education Division.

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“This bursary is a legacy to George’s passion for the fire service and improving fire and life safety education. We want to continue that legacy and support the next generation of firefighters to serve this community and inspire excellence in the emergency services.”
- Fire Chief Bill Boyes

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Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
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