PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo Fire Department was one of three area fire departments to participate in the annual “Chief for a Day” contest with Pueblo School District 60 and Pueblo County School District 70 third grade students. The opportunity took place on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Fire Station 4 of City of Pueblo Fire Department.
At the beginning of October, third grade students from across Pueblo School District 60 and Pueblo County School District 70 were invited to write an essay explaining how they would spend a day in the life of a Fire Chief. The City of Pueblo Fire Department, Pueblo West Metro Fire Department and Pueblo Rural Fire District all participated in the area wide competition.
“This is a fun opportunity to engage with students in the Pueblo community while giving them a chance to dream and experience what the career of firefighting might be like,” said Chief of City of Pueblo Fire Department Barb Huber.
Joseph Minjares of Haaff Elementary School and Ivy Montez of Villa Bella Elementary School, both eight years old and third grades students were chosen to participate with City of Pueblo Fire Department. Each student shared what they believed made them capable of being a Fire Chief and their dreams of how to approach the job.
Dominic DeSanti of Vineland Elementary School participated with Pueblo Rural Fire District Chief Mike Furney. Camilo Kopetas of Cedar Ridge Elementary School participated with Pueblo West Metro District Fire Chief Brian Caserta. They too penned essays explaining their day in the life of a Fire Chief.
Each student’s essay was read and reviewed by teams at respective fire departments before being chosen. Students were then invited to a ceremony to celebrate and received a tour of Fire Station 4 of City of Pueblo Fire Department. Each Chief presented the students with a certificate recognition, a gift card, a shirt from the fire department and photos. After the ceremony students and their families joined the fire chiefs for a luncheon.