10-year-old rewarded for clearing snow off N.S. hydrants

Nova Scotia firefighters thanked a 10-year-old boy for answering the call to clear away snow from fire hydrants.

Nash Reid-Bancroft spent Sunday touring a station in Halifax as a way for firefighters to thank him.

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The boy learned about life as a firefighter, exploring trucks, pushing buttons and sliding down the pole.

The trip to the station was a reward for spending his spare time shovelling out the hydrants in his neighbourhood in Truro, N.S. He was inspired to take to the snow after hearing about a call for help from the local fire department.

"If we didn't do it, it would take a while for the firemen to shovel it out and get the water they need to put out fires and save people," Reid-Bancroft told CTV Atlantic.

So the 10-year-old went up and down his street, shovelling out every hydrant so it could be accessed in an emergency.

His mother posted photos of the act of generosity on Facebook, saying that her son also raises money for Unicef and a homeless shelter in Truro.

"Sometimes the world feels like a really big place and it's hard to know how you can bring about positive change in the world. But he finds a way to do it," his mother Jolene Reid said.

The boy's efforts were noticed by a Halifax engineer firefighter, who invited the boy to a Halifax station for a tour, and to say thanks.

"For us, that two or three minutes to shovel a hydrant out is all the difference in the world," Firefighter Jeff Brown said.

"It's the difference between a pot on a stove and a kitchen fire."

At the station on Sunday, the Grade 5 student told CTV that he hopes his good deed will inspire others to do the same.

"I just want to say, it's not that hard."

With a report from CTV Atlantic's Kelly Linehan


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