The grade three student and her friend Katie Hillingshead got picked up from school and were taken to the fire hall in a fire truck. Autumn said that was her favourite part of the day.

There they had a pizza lunch with the firefighters, Mayor Bruce Lantz and Councillor and ex-Fire Chief Larry Evans. Autumn also received a bunch of gifts from Totem Mall, including a giant toy fire truck signed by all of the firefighters.

After lunch, Autumn and Katie got a tour of the fire hall, including a chance to slide down the fireman’s pole, and a rare glimpse into the Captain’s quarters.

During Fire Prevention Week, firefighters visited schools in the area telling students about fire safety and the importance of having a fire escape plan. In order to get the chance to be Fire Chief for the Day, students drew posters illustrating their family’s fire escape plan.

Captain Greg Nicoll says Autumn’s poster won because it included many important elements, including a smoke detector, a fire extinguisher, and a meeting place for her family. It reads, “everybody should have a meeting place in case of fire.” The winning poster will be hung in the new fire hall.

Nicoll says Fire Prevention Week and competitions like this help spread awareness about fire safety, adding it needs to be repeated to be remembered. He says after the firefighters visit their school, the students go home and bug their parents about making a fire escape plan.

Autumn gets to keep her firefighting gear, and she says she’s going as a firefighter for Halloween. She and her friends will also get picked up in a fire truck after school for a trip around the city.