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Aspiring firefighters can now apply for the George Hitchcock bursary

​​​BRAMPTON, ON – If you are or you know someone looking to pursue a career as a firefighter, you might be excited to learn that a bursary is available to help cover post-secondary tuition fees.

The application period for the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund, commonly known as the George Hitchcock bursary, is officially open as of January 21, 2019.

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services offers the George Hitchcock bursary annually for students interested in pursuing careers in fire services. Successful applicants can use the bursary towards their post-secondary tuition fees.


Applicants must be Brampton-based Canadian citizens (or able to work in Canada) pursuing an Ontario post-secondary diploma in a fire services-related program.


Application forms are available online at and must be submitted to The application period closes on April 30, 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and one applicant will be selected for the bursary, valued at $1,000, to be paid directly towards course enrolment.
Brampton Fire and Emergency Services created the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund in 2014 in honour of the late George Hitchcock, who served in the Brampton Fire Service for 33 years. He was pivotal in establishing the Fire/Life Safety Education Division, which is instrumental in providing fire safety education to thousands of Brampton residents. He inspired and encouraged others to consider careers in fire services.

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“Brampton Fire and Emergency Services is recognized as an innovative leader in fire services, bringing forth new training, tactics and technology to help protect the lives and property of Brampton residents. I encourage all qualified residents to apply for the endowment and be a part of this amazing team.”
- Mayor Patrick Brown

“Being part of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services offers individuals a chance to make a difference in their community, be part of a unified team, receive great benefits and more. We encourage qualified residents to apply for the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund.”
- Councillor Rowena Santos, Chair, Community Services

“Since 2014, this bursary has been offered as a legacy to George’s dedication and passion for fire and life safety education. We are excited to support the next generation of firefighters to carry on the tradition of exceptional service.”
- Brampton Fire and Emergency Services Chief Bill Boyes

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Christine Sharma
Media Coordinator, City of Brampton | 905.874.2880