Nfld. & Labrador

Week-long training in Gander helps firefighters prepare for emergencies

Volunteer firefighters from across the province took part in a series of realistic training simulations in Gander this week.

Some 500 volunteers assembled from every corner of the island

Gander hosts fire training week

7 years ago
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Firefighters from across the province took part in a week-long training program in Gander this week. 2:29

Volunteer firefighters from across the province have been taking part in a series of realistic training simulations in Gander this week.

About 500 participants signed up for a five-day training seminar, designed to improve skills in fire and emergency services. 

Kent Abbott, one of the regional trainers, said team building plays an important role in the life-saving sessions.

"We try to make it as real as possible for them," said Abbott. 

Abbott said there was a time when volunteers could expect to receive two or three calls per year. Today, that number has ballooned to 20 or 30, which is why he feels the training is so important. 

Training session attracted volunteers from every region of the island portion of the province.

What we try to do is keep fire departments that's from their own regions together, because they're training together as a team.- Kent Abbott

Abbott said the participants range in age and rank, with fire chiefs working alongside their newest recruits. 

"It's very important to get this training together. This type of stuff, you have to work together as a team ...  What we try to do is keep fire departments that's from their own regions together, because they're training together as a team."

Some of the scenarios included a simulated bus accident, and training on how to access injured passengers from inside using a hydraulic extrication tool called Jaws of Life. 

With files from Chris Ensing

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