Aspiring to be part of the fire service? Apply for a bursary of $1000
To assist Brampton residents who are pursuing a career in the fire service, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services created the George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund. It honours the late George Hitchcock who guided and encouraged many people in their pursuit of a career in the fire service.
During his 33-year tenure with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, George Hitchcock played a significant role in developing and nurturing many innovative programs. George’s direction and leadership was pivotal to the development and success of the Fire/Life Safety Education Centre. The Centre has grown to be an award-winning and internationally recognized facility for safety awareness and education. The endowment fund is a tribute to the valuable contribution made by George to our community.
Endowment Fund Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the fund, applicants must fulfil all ofthe following criteria:
- Individual is a Brampton resident
- Legally entitled to work in Canada
- Applicant is pursuing an Ontario post-secondary school diploma in a fire-related program
- All applicants must fully complete the requirements listed in the application form
- All applications must be submitted by the submission deadline, April 12, 2024, by 4pm. See the funding guidelines and process section below
- After the interview process, the successful applicant must provide proof of acceptance to an Ontario post-secondary school program
Note: City of Brampton Employees and their family members are not eligible to apply. Family is defined as the following: Spouse, Parents/Step Parent, Son- in-law, Children/Step Children, Sisters/Step Sisters/Half Sisters, Daughter-in-law, Mother-in-Law, Brothers/Step Brothers/Half Brothers, Brother-in-law, Father-in-law, Same-Sex Spouse, Common Law Spouse, Sister-in-law, Grandparent, Grandchildren/Aunt/Uncle Step-Grandparent/Step-Grandchildren, Cousin and Guardian.
Funding guidelines and process
- The selection committee will select a specific number of applicants for an interview based on their application form and eligibility
- The submission period is from March 1, 2024 to April 12, 2024
- The submission period will close on April 12, 2024, at 4pm
- Submissions must be emailed to The George Hitchcock Memorial Endowment Fund Committee:
- Applications that are incomplete, illegible or not received during the submission period will not be considered.
- Interviews will take place in late April/early May 2024.
- The successful applicant will be notified by May 31, 2024.
Division Chief, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services
George Hitchcock joined Brampton Fire and Emergency Services in 1974 and served the community for 33 years. Starting as a firefighter, George was then assigned to the Division of Communications for a brief period, and then subsequently in 1990 assigned to the Division of Community Relations where he was promoted to the rank of Director. As the Division he led grew and developed according to the needs of the community, George held the rank of Division Chief of the Fire/Life Safety Education Division.
Working alongside Fire Chief Andy MacDonald, George proudly watched the construction of the Fire/Life Safety Education Centre. Under George’s direction and leadership, the Fire/Life Safety Education Centre has grown to be an award-winning and internationally recognized facility for safety awareness and education.
George played a significant role in developing and nurturing many of Brampton Fire and Emergency Services’ innovative programs. A program that was near and dear to his heart was the High School Co-operative Education program. It was a way for George to promote the fire service as a wonderful career choice and help mentor those students who felt the same passion for the fire service as he did.
Whether speaking about fire safety or the fire service to children or adults, his compassion for the fire service shone through, and has inspired many to follow in his career path.