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Five-year-old Ethan appointed MFB ‘Junior Chief’

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21 Sep 2018
A young liver cancer patient who has always dreamed of becoming a firefighter is set to have his wish come true this Friday, 21 September with the help of Make-A-Wish Australia.

Five-year-old Ethan will be appointed Junior Chief of Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) for the day and will learn the ropes from firefighters at one of Melbourne’s busiest stations.

Junior Chief Ethan will travel from home to Eastern Hill station in a fire engine, where he will learn from crews as they demonstrate firefighting equipment such as the ‘jaws of life’, hose drills, and conduct a mock rescue.

The wish will take Ethan to new heights, as firefighters treat him to a ride in a ladder platform appliance where he will be able to look out over Melbourne’s skyline from a staggering 47 meters high.

Ethan will meet with MFB’s Chief Officer/CEO Dan Stephens, and get the chance to ask the head of Melbourne’s fire and rescue service questions about life as a firefighter.

MFB Chief Officer/CEO Dan Stephens was moved by Ethan’s story and said he was looking forward to meeting the Junior Chief and helping him realise his dream.

“Ethan’s bravery and relentless battle throughout his illness is humbling, and it is clear he has what it takes to be a firefighter,” said Chief Officer Stephens.

“We are delighted to be able to give this inspiring young man a taste of what it’s like to be a firefighter and I hope it will live up to all of his expectations.

“I’m really proud of our firefighters for their effort to ensure Ethan’s wish comes true. Community is at the heart of everything we do at MFB, and this is a great example of the generosity our crews show time and time again,” said Chief Officer Dan Stephens.

Make-A-Wish CEO, Sally Bateman was delighted to work with MFB to bring Ethan’s wish to life.  

“The MFB have been absolutely amazing during every stage of Ethan’s wish journey.  With their help, we’ve been able to give Ethan something incredible to look forward to, bringing some much needed joy to him and his family. We thank all of the MFB team for their kindness, generosity and support in making Ethan’s wish come true,” Ms Bateman said.

Ethan received a kit full of everything he needs to become a firey, including uniform, letter from two of the firefighters, and a video with steps and exercises to prepare Ethan for his day on shift.

Make-A-Wish Australia and MFB have been working closely together over the past six months to ensure Ethan is ready for his day on shift. 

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