The application period for the George Hitchcock Bursary is now open. The annual Brampton Fire and Emergency Services award supports a local student pursuing a career in the fire services. The financial support 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 www.bramptonfire.com and must be submitted to firelife@brampton.ca

The submission period will close either on April 30, or upon receiving 30 applications, whichever comes first. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and one applicant will be selected to receive the $1,000 bursary, which will be paid directly toward course enrolment.

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services set up the fund in honour of the late George Hitchcock, who served for 33 years and was pivotal in establishing the Fire/Life Safety Education Division. 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.

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