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MFD makes student 'Chief for a Day'


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Marysville-Pilchuck High School student Nathan Heitman inspects one of the Marysville Fire District's fire engines on Nov. 9.

Nate Heitman, a local high school student, got to be "Chief for a Day" with the Marysville Fire District on Nov. 9.

The "Chief for a Day" program is something the fire district provides to local kids as a way to help raise funds at charity auctions, according to Marysville Fire Chief Martin McFalls.

The Marysville Sunrise Rotary sold this November's program at one of their auctions to raise funds for their community service.

One child gets to be part of the Marysville Fire District for the day as part of the program.

"At the start of the day we bring them into my office and tell them 'you're going to be the chief today,'" he said.

The child then gets to sit through a mock staff meeting at the district and go around to some of the fire stations in Marysville to practice some hands-on drills with the fire engines or with EMS responders.

"We really try and make it special for the kids," said McFalls. "We took Nate and his friend to the high school and made a big deal out of dropping them off at their class."

McFalls said that the fire district tries to provide many of these opportunities for local service clubs like Rotary.

"I throw these options out to all our local nonprofits like the Rotary or the Kiwanis if they want to use them in their fundraisers or auctions," he said.

The district has also given students rides to school, let kids ride in the trucks during a parade and run birthday parties.

"We bring up to a dozen kids to one of the fire stations and clear out a room for them to use, and the administration and staff bring some food and help them celebrate," said McFalls.


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