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March 31, 2014

JIBC supporter gears up for firefighter training

Experience is "as real as it gets" for JIBC supporter

Lawyer Richard Lindsay, QC, P.Eng battles his first fire with JIBC instructor Darren Charlton looking on

Vancouver lawyer Richard Lindsay, QC, P.Eng battled heavy rain and intermittent snow to experience a day in the life of a firefighter recruit on March 22 at the JIBC Maple Ridge campus.

Accompanied by a colleague and family, Lindsay spent an intense day at the specialized campus where firefighters from many municipal departments in B.C. come to train.

“A memorable experience,” said Lindsay, founding partner of Lindsay LLP, a firm specializing in insurance law and related civil litigation due to fire and explosion-related losses. “Not to be missed if given the chance. As real as it gets.”

Lindsay secured this unique opportunity as a result of supporting The JIBC Foundation Awards for Justice and Public Safety Gala. He placed the winning bid for the rare team-building auction item at the fundraising event in support of student learning.     

Lindsay’s experience started at 8:45 a.m. in a classroom, learning about basic fire theory from Darren Charlton, a JIBC Coordinator in the Fire & Safety Division with 15 years of experience in the fire service in B.C.

A couple of hours later, eager to apply what they’d learned, Lindsay’s team put on official fire gear and tested the certified firefighting equipment. Their first task was using different types of extinguishers to put out fires.

It wasn’t long before the team was navigating the smoke house in pairs, experiencing a fire “roll over” in the Burn Building, and touring the campus, which includes airplane and ship mock ups, cranes, fire trucks and Canada’s largest mock train derailment – all used for training scenarios.

The experience wrapped up shortly after 3:30 p.m. with the team wet and exhausted. Lindsay said everyone left with “a renewed appreciation for firefighters.”

The JIBC Foundation would like to thank Richard Lindsay for his continued support. 

The JIBC Foundation

Since 1993, The JIBC Foundation has supported the Justice Institute of British Columbia by raising funds for student scholarships and bursaries, applied research, equipment and other tools for learning. By inspiring giving through various fundraising initiatives, the Foundation ensures that JIBC continues to maintain its worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation as Canada’s leading public safety educator. 

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Last updated October 3, 2014