TELUS Spark is hosting the Calgary Fire Department as part of their Meet An Innovator series on July 26.
There’s something about firetrucks and boys. It was one of the first words Zacharie learned thumbing through picture books. And the attraction has stayed.
Ask my boys what they want to be when they grow up and it will be some combination of superhero ninja firefighter. Actually, if you think about it, firefighters are kind of like superhero ninjas. Perhaps that’s why the boys love them.
Any chance they have to climb on a firetruck, or play dress-up with their fireman costumes at home, and they’ll take it. Yes, Zacharie was a franken-fireman for Halloween.
At Christmas we drop off toys to the local firehall for the “girls and boys who don’t have more toys,” as Zacharie says. The Calgary Firefighters Toy Association hosts an event for kids who won’t have a bright Christmas and hands out gifts. Zacharie and Charlie donate their favorite gift they would like from Santa to the pile each year, and then get to play on the fire trucks right in the fire hall.
Every spring there is Disaster Alley where emergency response teams bring their big toys for kids to climb on and explore, and the boys are right there.
We wave to the fireman at the grocery store (we seem to see them every other weekend), and when the big truck pulls up to Stampede Breakfasts, the boys bound over to the local crew like they’re best friends.
I think Z would make a great fireman, his Stampede moustache blended right in with the hat.
It’s going to be hard work, though. A couple of years back during a hiring spree, I took the Calgary Firefighters CPAT challenge. The physical test firefighters must complete to be considered. Climbing stairs with 75 pounds of extra weight, hauling hoses, hammering walls, climbing through dark tunnels. I failed. Terribly.
Superhero ninja firefighters. That sounds about right.