Surrey Fire Fighters Join Anti-Bullying Campaign
March 20, 2013 –
The members of Surrey, BC Local 1271 helped deliver an
important message to local students February 27 by actively participating in the
City’s Anti-Bullying Day activities.
With the City’s blessing, all 20 on-duty
Surrey fire crews visited a school in their area that day, where they interacted
with students and took part in activities designed to raise awareness about
bullying and teach skills to help prevent and stop it.
fire fighters were one of many community groups and individuals who took part.
The Surrey local’s participation was coordinated by Secretary Mark McRae and
member Kevin Coplin. McRae says participating in the initiative was simply an
extension of their other community work, some of which was already directed at
“We thought we should get involved and
assist with that message. It’s something we all believe in and as fire fighters
can help with. It was just another angle for us,” McRae says, adding the local
plans to expand its participation in the event next year.
Activities the fire fighters
participated in included skits, playing Twister – to teach interconnectedness -
and giving out awards. The crews wore pink anti-bullying T-shirts in the schools
during the day, as did crews back in the stations.
about bullying has been growing across Canada in recent years. Observed on the
last Wednesday in February, Anti-Bullying Day started as a protest over a
bullying incident at a Nova Scotia high school. The initiative includes wearing
pink T-shirts to symbolize taking a stand against bullying. The British Columbia
initiative this year also paid tribute to Amanda Todd, a 16-year-old who
committed suicide in October 2012 after being bullied and tormented online and
at her school.
The Anti-Bullying Day’s message included
the fact that while bullying is often seen as a problem mainly in schools, it
can exist among adults as well, in such settings as workplaces and in families.
Local 1271’s participation was noted by the media, including a
Joy TV segment posted on YouTube.