Little Aiden becomes a junior firefighter for a day

aiden 300wSOUTHPORT Fire Station has welcomed its newest recruit, a young boy who has lived with muscular dystrophy for most of his life.

Aiden, 11, got to be a junior firefighter today in an opportunity jointly organised by Make-A-Wish Australia Gold Coast Volunteer Branch and Southport Fire and Rescue Station.

Aiden got to go for a ride in a fire engine truck with the Southport crew, and joined 20 other wish children to watch a simulated fire and rescue scene and go on a tour of the station.


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Southport Station Officer Tony Chicco said the Southport crew were more than happy to be involved in creating a great experience for the children.

“It’s not every day we get this chance to put a smile on a child’s face, let alone on more than 20 children’s faces,” Mr Chicco said.

“We’d like to thank Make-A-Wish Gold Coast Volunteer Branch for working with us to make this event happen.”

Make-A-Wish Australia Gold Coast Volunteer Dale Mansfield thanked the Southport crew in return.

“Make-A-Wish is incredibly grateful for the support of the Southport Fire and Rescue Station in putting on this experience for our wish children,” she said.

“It’s going to be a day that they remember for the rest of their lives.”