College Offering Free Basic Fire Suppression Course
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Prince George, B.C. – There have been many folks who have expressed a desire to help fight the fires that are raging in the Province and the College of New Caledonia is offering a two day course to help people take a step towards their goal.
It has been put together on short notice, as registration for S100-Basic Fire Suppression and Safety must be done by tomorrow ( July 13th) with the program ready to roll Friday and Saturday of this week.
The program was developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Forests and the B.C. Wildfire service. It is their curriculum and their certification.
CNC Continuing Education Program Co-Ordinator, Steven Chase says the program was developed to fill the need expressed by contractors who are often hired by the Ministry of Forests.
The Ministry of Forests isn’t doing any direct hiring says Chase, “The practice is to contract out additional work as it comes up.” That work could be focused on mop up operations once a fire has been contained. Chase says there has been great interest from local contractors and it is likely those who successfully complete the program could find themselves working very soon.
The program itself offers instruction in:
- basic knowledge of wildland fire suppression,
- wildfire behaviour and safety procedures.
S185 Fire Avoidance and Entrapment will also be covered. The course reaches how to size up and evaluate potential fire entrapment situations and how to act accordingly.
Initially, the program had a fee of $99 dollars, but that has changed. The College will be absorbing all costs associated with this two day course so registrants can sign up free of charge.
Those interested in registering can do so online by clicking here . You can also get more information by calling 250-561-5846