Nfld. & Labrador

Central N.L. hosting emergency responders

Firefighters and municipal officials from around Newfoundland and Labrador are putting their skills to the test this week at an intensive training school in Grand Falls-Windsor.

Firefighters and municipal officials from around Newfoundland and Labrador are putting their skills to the test this week at an intensive training school in Grand Falls-Windsor.

The Fire and Emergency Services Training School has been offered annually in central Newfoundland since 2008.

Grand Falls-Windsor fire chief Vince MacKenzie says it's a challenge for some emergency responders to make time for training because most of firefighters in the province are volunteers.

"That's always a challenge because volunteer firefighters usually have other jobs. They're not employed by their municipalities. So a lot of these firefighters are here on their own holidays and vacation time. So they'll take a week of holidays and go do fire training ... this speaks to the dedication of the firefighters," said MacKenzie.

More than 350 individuals have registered for the training courses in emergency management and firefighting fundamentals.

"I've been around when there was a real fire but I wasn't comfortable enough in my training to actually be hands on, and that's why I'm here now — to be more hands on," said Robyn Squire who volunteers with the Eastport fire department.

Throughout the week, emergency responders will learn the latest techniques in firefighting and emergency management.

 

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