Youth curious if they have what it takes to be a firefighter are in for a special treat in Redwood Meadows on Canada Day.

There are about 10 spots remaining in the inaugural Junior Fire Fit Challenge of the Redwood Meadows Emergency Services (RMES) in the community just 26 km due south of Cochrane.

It features a firefighter skills course designed for kids ages 5 to 11 that shows them what it’s like to be a volunteer firefighter in the community. There will be five stations, and each junior firefighter will team up with an RMES member to complete the course.

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Sponsored by WFR Wholesale Fire & Rescue, it's designed to promote fire safety education and introduce firefighter duties to youth in an entertaining and active way.

Fire Chief Rob Evans says emergency services are heavily involved in the community's annual Canada Day celebrations and wanted to introduce a new fun way to plant a seed for future firefighters.

"Hopefully we can get them bit by the firefighting bug and pique an interest for when they're older and can come out and join."

"Really, it's part of what we do as firefighters as well. We have our own obstacle course that we have to do every year, and we thought, why not let the kids give it a try and have some fun."

The challenge kicks off at about 11:30 a.m. and follows the huge decorative bicycle parade.

Each participant receives a t-shirt, courtesy of WFR Wholesale Fire & Rescue.

To register, click here. You can also scan the above QR code.

Canada Day is a special time in Redwood Meadows. See the full list of activities below.

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