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First course at Brockton Regional Training Centre dubbed ‘huge success’

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BROCKTON – Oct. 9 marked the completion of the inaugural NFPA Firefighter 1 course at the Brockton Regional Training Centre in partnership with the Bruce Power Fire Training Facility.

The course has been a year in the planning.

The class consisted of nine recruit firefighters almost exclusively from Bruce County.

“This course was a huge success with the Ontario Fire College Co-ordinator, Andrew Blair, commenting that he was ‘excited at how well this initial course is running,’ and Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal, John Snider, stating ‘what your regional training centre is doing has been a good success,’” Fire Chief Chris Wells said in his report.

In addition to the new recruits, six Walkerton firefighters spent time shadowing and co-teaching this course and have been approved as adjunct instructors through the OFC. This important step ensures that going forward, the Brockton Regional Training Centre can offer a high-quality NFPA Firefighter 1 certified training course to newly recruited firefighters across Bruce County, eliminating the high costs associated with travelling outside the region to train.

Wells thanked the mayor and council for their support in this endeavour, which will benefit the entire area.

Coun. James Lang, a member of the Walkerton Fire Department, drew council’s attention to the fact that “Chief Wells has been working on this for a year.” He added that “the last five weeks have just been remarkable...overwhelming to see. A big thank you to Chief Wells.”

Coun. Steve Adams made note not only of the firefighters who are now certified, but of the six who attended on their own time and have become adjunct instructors.

Council also approved a recommendation that a tender for the purchase of a frontline pumper truck be part of the 2022 budget.

The present frontline pumper is in need of replacement, in compliance with recognized industry standards which state frontline pumpers should be replaced after 15 years to “maximize firefighter safety” and firefighting capabilities.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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