Penin­sula host­ing Fire Train­ing School

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

A Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Train­ing School is sched­uled May 26 to June 1 in Marys­town.

It’s part of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment’s con­tin­u­ing pro­gram to pro­vide emer­gency re­sponse train­ing for mem­bers of the mu­nic­i­pal sec­tor.

Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Kevin O’brien said “Our gov­ern­ment is pleased to part­ner again with the Town of Marys­town and the lo­cal fire depart­ment, as well as other lo­cal emer­gency re­spon­ders to bring this train­ing back to the Burin Penin­sula.

“Mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and emer­gency re­spon­ders are our first line of de­fence when dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions im­pact our com­mu­ni­ties. Proper train­ing is im­por­tant to en­sure their per­sonal safety as they en­sure the safety of res­i­dents.”

The course sched­ule and as­so­ci­ated in­for­ma­tion has been sent to commu- ni­ties through­out the prov­ince. The train­ing op­por­tu­nity, an ini­tia­tive of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices – New­found­land and Labrador (FES-NL), is of­fered at no cost to mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers.

These re­gional ini­tia­tives, which in­clude more than 40 course op­tions, are open to mem­bers of com­mu­nity coun­cils, fire de­part­ments, public works, main­te­nance per­son­nel and emer­gency re­sponse com­mu­ni­ties, as well as non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, FES-NL will also of­fer 12 two-day train­ing cour­ses in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the prov­ince in such ar­eas as De­fen­sive Fire­fight­ing, Self-con­tained Breath­ing Ap­pa­ra­tus (SCBA), Ma­rine Fire­fight­ing for Land­Based Fire­fight­ers and Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice In­struc­tor for De­fen­sive Fire­fight­ing.

Mr. O’brien in­di­cated ap­pro­pri­ate train­ing is a fun­da­men­tal com­po­nent of any emer­gency re­sponse plan.

“These re­gional train­ing ini­tia­tives con­tinue to strengthen the level of emer­gency re­sponse through­out our com­mu­ni­ties. The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to as­sist­ing our com­mu­ni­ties to pro­vide the best level of emer­gency ser­vices avail­able.”

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

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

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