Fire and emer­gency train­ing slated for Gan­der

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

Lo­cal emer­gency re­spon­ders and town of­fi­cials are be­ing en­cour­aged by take part in cour­ses be­ing of­fered later this month in Gan­der at the fall train­ing school hosted by Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

The school will run from Oct. 2026.

“This train­ing school of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity … to learn the best pos­si­ble ways to man­age an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion,” said Kevin O’Brien, Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices.

The train­ing school is of­fered at no cost to of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers in com­mu­ni­ties throughout the prov­ince and is open to mem­bers of mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils, fire de­part­ments, pub­lic works, main­te­nance per­son­nel and emer­gency re­sponse or­ga­ni­za­tions, as well as non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions. More than 40 cour­ses of­fer­ings are avail­able, in­clud­ing pump op­er­a­tions, ex­er­cise de­sign, and ba­sic emer­gency man­age­ment.

In ad­di­tion to the train­ing school, ba­sic fire­fight­ing cour­ses will be held con­cur­rently in Glenwood and Mead­ows to max­i­mize the ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­nity for fire de­part­ments throughout the prov­ince.

“Since first in­tro­duced in 2008, these train­ing schools continue to strengthen the level of emer­gency re­sponse throughout our com­mu­ni­ties and I am pleased to see our part­ners and fire­fight­ers tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own safety and lead­ing by ex­am­ple,” added O’Brien.

In ad­di­tion to train­ing, FES-NL will also con­duct cer­ti­fi­ca­tion test­ing in a num­ber of pro­gram ar­eas which are ac­cred­ited by the In­ter­na­tional Fire Ser­vice Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Congress. Fire­fight­ers who are suc­cess­ful in their test­ing will re­ceive cer­ti­fi­ca­tion which is rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is again of­fer­ing a 50/50 cost-share ar­range­ment for par­tic­i­pants to as­sist in cov­er­ing the ex­pense of travel and ac­com­mo­da­tions dur­ing the ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions.

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