Fire training school planned
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.