Firefighters go ?pro? 0
Five members of the Blairmore and Bellevue fire departments are now professional firemen.
They are certified in 1001 professional firemen status. They volunteered to take the 12-week course out of Vermilion, Alberta. The Crowsnest Pass currently has more members certified at this level than in Lethbridge.
?You?re very fortunate to have these guys thinking nothing about giving up their weekends. They?ve done this as volunteers and it?s fairly significant,? said Kevan Jess from the Fire Commissioners Office. He added that the Crowsnest Pass is also very fortunate to have an instructor with NFPA, level two, E-three status, Jim Groat. Having Groat here saves the municipality the cost of sending someone to the Pass.
There are only six firemen outside of Lethbridge with this certification.
The men are now recognized around the world as professional firemen.
The men went through extreme training to get certified including putting their safety in jeopardy in oil field explosion simulation, swap training and plane crashes. The firemen all agree that the experience was ?extreme and dangerous?.
Some of the courses they became certified in were investigation, law and safety codes.
The men also had to take time from their regular jobs to drive to Vermilion for the training exercises. The Municipality of the Crowsnest Pass paid for their expenses and their lost wages. Bellevue Fire Chief Guy Desaunoy says that having support from the municipality was essential to their success.
Other volunteer firemen are also working towards getting International Fire Service certified but in varying times.
The certified members are: Blairmore fire department: Training Officer Jim Groat, Lt. Jason Canderan and Firefighter Dave Fabro.
Bellevue fire department: Fire Chief Guy Desaunoy and Captain Todd Kliensasser.