Eight members of the Cree Nation are the latest Quebec First Nations firefighters to graduate from a Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) fire training program.
The firefighters graduated from JIBC’s Fire Prevention Officer Certificate program, which has been designed to meet the competencies and training standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for fire prevention inspectors, investigators and public fire educators. JIBC has been accredited by both the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and ProBoard, and is the only institution in BC with courses and certificate programs that are accredited by both.
The firefighters rose to the challenge of the intense, 18-month program despite the fact the courses were delivered in English, which for some students was not their first language, that being Cree. Many of the students also travelled long distances from their home communities to attend the program, underscoring the Cree Nation Government’s significant commitment to developing their own members through first-class training.
Read more in the full press release here.