For Jared Hambleton, Thursday was a day to remember. He spent the day at the No. 1 fire station climbing ladders, riding in trucks, and even meeting Mayor?Stephen Mandel.

Hambleton was the winner of a contest that ran during Fire Prevention Week allowing children to participate in a draw to be junior fire chief for the day.

“I love it so far,” said Hambleton. When asked what his favourite part was, he didn’t hesitate.

“Probably being in the truck, and being allowed to go up the ladder (in the) basket.”

Hambleton had a job to do Thursday, and that was to remind Edmontonians to check their smoke detectors when they set their clocks back.

“The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs developed this program a number of years ago,” said Fire Chief Ken Block.

“The fire service is about service to the public, that’s the reason we exist. It all serves to make a safer community.”

“It’s always nice to see younger people actively involved in the safety and security of the City of Edmonton,” added Mandel.