Fire train­ing school planned

The Compass - - SPORTS -

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment will host a train­ing school for first re­spon­ders and mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials from Nov. 20 to 28 at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the North­east Avalon.

The school is be­ing of­fered by Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

The school had orig­i­nally been slated for the end of Oc­to­ber, but was resched­uled be­cause of the im­pact Hur­ri­cane Igor had on the prov­ince in late Septem­ber.

Of­fi­cials say the schools have had “great up­take” since they were in­tro­duced in 2008, and help to pro­vide mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and first re­spon­ders with the tools they need to ef­fec­tively as­sist and pro­tect their com­mu­ni­ties.

Vince MacKen­zie, pres­i­dent of the New­found­land and Labrador As­so­ci­a­tion of Fire Ser­vices, said the as­so­ci­a­tion is proud of the men and women of the fire ser­vice.

“ Fire de­part­ments ral­lied around their com­mu­ni­ties, pre­vent­ing fur­ther dam­ages, and loss of life, ful­fill­ing their re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect res­i­dents,” said MacKen­zie.

“In many cases, fire­fight­ers went above and be­yond the call of duty. Not only should they be able to re-cer­tify them­selves in the many ar­eas of fire pro­tec­tion and emer­gency re­sponse, but de­part­ments and mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials from across the prov­ince should be pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to learn from their re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences.

“ The de­ci­sion to de­lay this fall’s train­ing school will give ev­ery­one an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance the safety of their com­mu­ni­ties through these train­ing ini­tia­tives pro­vided by the pro­vin­cial govern­ment, now com­bined with the ex­pe­ri­ences of Igor.”

The train­ing school is an ini­tia­tive of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices — New­found­land and Labrador (FES-NL), which is an agency of the pro­vin­cial povern­ment that is man­dated to co-or­di­nate emer­gency re­sponse. It was at the cen­tre of the govern­ment’s re­sponse and re­cov­ery ef­forts fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Igor.

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment of­fers a 50/50 cost-shared ar­range­ment with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to as­sist with travel and ac­com­mo­da­tions to the train­ing school.

For ap­pli­ca­tions, a re­vised sched­ule and course de­scrip­tions, visit www.gov.nl.ca/fes. The reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Nov. 5.

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