The Justice Institute of British Columbia’s (JIBC) latest firefighter graduates hail from First Nations in northern Quebec and will now have the needed skills to respond to emergencies in their communities.
The program, funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, began in July 2016 with JIBC’s Fire & Safety Division training members of the Kahnawake Fire Brigade in Kahnawake, Que. to be instructors and evaluators for JIBC. They also took JIBC’s new Evaluator Workshop course and are now qualified to evaluate accredited Fire Fighter I skills and knowledge requirements.
The Kahnawake instructors and evaluators then travelled to northern Quebec to train students from the Mi’gmaq First Nation, representing the Listuguj and Gesgapegiag fire departments, to the NPFA 1001 Fire Fighter I standard.
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