JIBC provides training for Aboriginal firefighters from across B.C.
Through the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of BC, volunteer firefighters from 15 First Nation communities receive training from the Fire & Safety Division
The Fire & Safety Division at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) recently had the privilege to support one of the largest training sessions for volunteer Aboriginal firefighters offered through the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia (FNESS).
In early June, more than 65 firefighters from 15 First Nation communities located across the province participated in two days of intense, hands-on training at the JIBC Maple Ridge Campus. Participants, who had a wide range of experience levels, were provided accredited training they needed to meet the standards under B.C.’s Structural Firefighters Competency and Training Playbook released in 2015.
“JIBC instructors were very impressed by the student’s enthusiasm and eagerness to learn,” said Peter Grootendorst, JIBC Director of the Fire & Safety Division. “The two days were a great success and we look forward to future opportunities to support FNESS in the delivery of firefighter training to First Nations communities across the province.”
Over two days, participants were evaluated on 10 different skill sets and scenarios including hose evolutions, ladders, self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) procedures, scene illumination, extinguisher use, vehicle fires, Class A fires, power tool operations and fire fighter survival skills.
“The opportunity for participating volunteer firefighters to receive hands-on training from the Fire & Safety Division was beneficial and supports our aim to strengthen partnerships with agencies such as JIBC,” said Brent Langlois, FNESS Executive Director. “They gained some invaluable skills and experience and will return to their communities with the accredited training from the Justice Institute of British Columbia that will help them better serve their community.”
About Justice Institute of British Columbia
Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.
Last updated November 28, 2016