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Central York Fire Services seeks to inspire next generation of responders

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The Central York Fire Services station on Earl Stewart Drive in Aurora is shown in this file photo. | Greg King for NewmarketToday

Central York Fire Services (CYFS) wants to get new people interested in being a first responders with its third annual INSPIRE event March 2.

The free, annual-drop in event will feature an array of first responding organizations and local advocates to talk about opportunities in emergency response. Central Yor kFire Services, York Regional Police, York Region Paramedic Services, Ontario Provincial Police, and See What She Can Do will all be on site to provide information and demonstrations.

"This event is focused on inspiring future generations to consider a career in the field and celebrate the role that first responders play in keeping the community safe," said a news release. "Participants can meet and chat with local firefighters, paramedics and police, learn about how they do their jobs and how others can follow a path to a rewarding career in emergency services."

The event will include more than 20 local and regional organizations, community groups, advocates and entrepreneurs who serve York Region and beyond. Participants can enjoy equipment tours, an opportunity to learn about CPR, fun activities like face painting and a hockey shootout, as well as free giveaways and prizes. 

Other participants include Seneca College, Ontario Fire Academy, along with representatives from Newmarket and Aurora Council. Newmarket-Aurora MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy is also due to attend.

The event will run at CYFS Station 4-5 at 300 Earl Stewart Dr. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.