Over the weekend (April 27-29) Bruce Power hosted the 29th annual Bruce County Fire School giving 19 fire departments from across Bruce County along with the Goderich Fire Department the opportunity to engage in a variety of emergency training situations.
Firefighters from Saugeen Shores had the highest turnout with Paisley Firefighters having the second highest.
The following courses were delivered on the Bruce Power site over the weekend by instructors from the company and Bruce County:
" Class A&B Fire live training scenarios;
" Auto Extrication using heavy hydraulic tools, etc., to rescue people involved in a motor vehicle collision;
" Pumper Operations - awareness-level training to assist firefighters with operating larger pumper vehicles;
" High Angle Rescue using rope-rescue techniques;
" Forcible Entry using basic techniques to breach doors and gain entry into buildings, etc.;
" ASIST - a two-day mental health awareness course.
In total, 109 participating firefighters were welcomed to the site by Jennifer Edey, Bruce Power Vice-President, Site Services; Bruce Power Fire Chief Brian Cumming; Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb; Huron-Bruce MPP and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson; and the Mayor of Kincardine, Anne Eadie.
"We thank all of the firefighters for their commitment to their individual communities, and for participating in the Fire School," said Brian Cumming, Bruce Power Fire Chief and Department Manager, Emergency Services Operations and Emergency & Protective Services.
"The students and instructors worked together over the two days through heavy winds, cold and limited sunshine to make the school a resounding success."