A young firefighter is the first recipient of the North Westside Fire Rescue Society scholarship.
At age 17, Tyler Folk started as a junior firefighter with the volunteer department while attending high school in Vernon. Coinciding with his secondary school graduation this spring, Folk completed recruitment training with the fire department which serves Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Fintry and Upper Fintry.
“He’s become a great firefighter and has shown a talent for first medical response, achieving his level three accreditation,” said Jason Satterwaite, with the society.
“Tyler’s goal is to become a paramedic and work his way towards a professional firefighting career. He plans to use the scholarship funds to take a paramedic course in early 2016 through the Justice Institute of B.C.”
The mandate of the non-profit North Westside Fire Rescue Society is to ensure the betterment of the department and community and it conducts fundraising activities throughout the year.
It was decided this year to set up a $1,000 scholarship for members of the department who are considering a professional emergency services career and wish to further their education.
The recipient is chosen by all members of the North Westside department.
“We’re pleased to offer Tyler and potentially other young members of the department some financial help as an incentive to achieve their longer term professional goals as emergency service providers,” said Satterwaite.