Red Deer County News

Posted on: November 10, 2017

Fire Services: Fall Education

Fire - Fall Training 2017

For many people, at least those with children, the fall season is synonymous with the return to school. This fall, Red Deer County Fire is also getting into the educational groove, in both the teaching and student roles.

Many firefighters from the various fire departments within Red Deer County were busy, the first week in October, helping teach elementary aged children about fire safety. Firefighters from Red Deer County, Spruce View, Penhold, Delburne, Bowden, and Elnora visited their local schools with children’s entertainer Mary Lambert. Lambert, a Juno nominated singer, has an entire routine that focuses on getting the audience involved in individual and home safety using interactive songs and play. During their lessons, the children are encouraged to practice fire safety, have an emergency plan with their families as well as getting to interact with their local firefighters.

Many of our firefighters found themselves in the role of the student this spring as well. Beginning in September Red Deer County fire began hosting the 1001 Level 2 firefighter training. In this series of courses firefighters from four of the County’s fire districts partake in hands on training to enhance their skills. The Level 2 series includes practical training including; live industrial fires, Vehicle Extrication, structural firefighting, and building preplanning. In order to complete this training series, each student commits to approximately 80 hrs of practical and theoretical training.

With this vast amount of educating happening, it would appear that, at least for our firefighters, the fall season really is about education.

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