The Comox Fire Training Centre is in full swing with their fall/winter training schedule.
Dozens of firefighters from all over are attending various courses here this season. This includes firefighters from as far away as Alberta and Grand Forks.
The training centre was designed and built by firefighters, for firefighters.
Comox Chief Gord Schreiner states: “We are very pleased to not only offer our firefighters great training opportunities but also other firefighters from other departments. Our training centre has everything a firefighter needs to keep his skills sharp.
“We believe we have one of the best training centres in the province. We are seeing more and more departments use this training centre on a regular basis. In fact Campbell River fire department rents our site a few times per year and several members of the Victoria fire department have visited us already and more are scheduled soon.
“Training firefighters properly is very necessary to ensure their safety and greatly improves the service we can provide to our citizens.”
The Comox Fire Training Centre has a formal “service provider” agreement with the Justice Institute of BC. This partnership allows local firefighters to received accredited training without having to travel too far.
Since it formally started in 2002, more than 2,000 firefighters have attended training courses at the Comox Fire Training Centre.
The centre boasts two classrooms, two training towers; a “live fire” training building as well as numerous natural gas-fuelled training props.
— Comox Fire Training Centre