Inuvik is set to become the hub for firefighter training in N.W.T.'s Mackenzie Delta region.

The town's fire department will be the region's firefighting school; outlying communities will now go to Inuvik instead of Yellowknife for the formal portion of their training.

Inuvik will also be beefing up its training facilities. It already has a new fire truck and will soon be bringing in a flash over-unit, which gives trainees a real sense of what it's like when a room bursts into flames. 

"To have this artificial training aid that will provide the conditions leading up to that phenomenon is great," said Inuvik Fire Chief Jim Sawkins.

Sawkins says the Inuvik Fire Department is looking for 10 new volunteer recruits to boost its ranks to 50.