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Brampton Fire now accepting applications for George Hitchcock bursary and recruiting new firefighters

​BRAMPTON, ON (March 1, 2022) – Brampton Fire and Emergency Services is accepting applications for the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund. This annual bursary program is offered to individuals interested in pursuing a career in fire services.

To be eligible to apply, interested applicants must:

  • Be a Brampton resident, Canadian citizen and eligible to work in Canada
  • Be pursuing an Ontario post-secondary school diploma in a fire-related program
  • Submit a completed application form by April 15

Applications are available at and can be submitted to Applications will be received until April 15 or until a maximum of 30 are received.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an interview, and one applicant will be selected for the $1,000 bursary, to be paid directly towards their course enrollment. The successful applicant must provide proof of acceptance to an Ontario post-secondary school program.

The George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund was established in 2014 to honour the late Division Chief George Hitchcock, who served the Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team for 33 years. Hitchcock was pivotal in establishing the Fire/Life Safety Education Division, which is instrumental in providing fire safety education to thousands of Brampton residents every year.

For more information and to apply, visit

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services is currently recruiting new firefighters. Applications will be received until March 21. Applicants who are interested in learning more about a career with fire services are invited to participate in a Virtual Career Information Session on March 9 at 6 pm. Register to attend at

For more information on a career with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, visit

“Our Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team is comprised of individuals who are committed to the community and fire safety. George Hitchcock was an inspirational member of the team and I encourage qualified Bramptonians who are pursuing a career in fire services to apply for this opportunity.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“The Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team go above and beyond every day to keep our community safe and contribute to Brampton being a Healthy and Safe City. They are also committed to building a team that is diverse, inclusive, and reflective of the community they serve. It’s great to see the return of this annual bursary program to give our new prospective firefighter the opportunity for support.”
- Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 & 5; Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton

“Division Chief George Hitchcock was a passionate champion for fire services and community safety. It’s an honour to offer this bursary as a legacy for his contributions to the Brampton Fire and Emergency Services team and to help support an aspiring firefighter.”
- Bill Boyes, Chief, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services

“Brampton Fire and Emergency Services works tirelessly to educate and protect the community. I encourage residents interested in pursuing a career in fire services to apply for this exciting opportunity to be part of an incredible team and give back to Brampton’s community.”
- Paul Morrison, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton


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