Firefighter Training

Firefighters face the risk of burns, smoke inhalation, toxic chemicals and injury due to falling debris and explosions. To protect themselves and the community they serve, firefighters are required to undergo extensive training. Our Training Division delivers the Ontario Firefighter Curriculum, the same training program used by career and volunteer fire departments across the Province.

Every year the training division develops and implements over 50 training programs to the firefighters. Directed by the Chief Training Officer, each station's training facilitator instructs the necessary education in order to provide the level of professional service our community deserves while maintaining compliance with the applicable legislation, standards and procedures.

Three to four mandatory training sessions are held every month for approximately 3 hours. A few of the key subjects held include the following:

Rapid Intervention Team (firefighter rescue team)
Pumper Operations
Auto Extrication
Forcible Entry
Driver Training
Overhaul, Salvage
Aerial Operations
Search & Rescue
Tanker Operations
SCBA (air-pack training)
First Aid and CPR
Automatic External Defibrillation Recertification
Radio Communications
Hose Stream
Fire Drill
Pumper Relay
Pre-incident Planning
Water Supplies
Fire Hose Application

Live Fire Training

In order to survive, firefighters must be able to think clearly and solve problems quickly under extreme stress. This can be especially difficult in an actual fire, so training instructors conduct live fire training drills. A building is purposely set on fire to give firefighters the opportunities to develop these skills. The overall goal of this behavioral training is to instill good habits in firefighters through repeated exposure. During two days in April and August, 2010, live fire training was conducted in a burning structure acquired from residents who generously donated the use of their building to be intentionally burned for firefighter training.

Hazardous Material Training

The Emergency Response and Training Assistance Support Agreement between Cameco Corporation and the Municipality of Port Hope was authorized in 2008.

This agreement authorizes the joint develop of training and response plans to improve co-ordination and communication between them and to ensure that the combined response and fire protection programs of Cameco's Emergency Response Team and the Fire Department comply with NFPA 801 standards.

Cameco provides, at its expense, the firefighters of the Fire Department, in conjunction with the training Cameco provides to its Emergency Response Team, refresher and recertification training and joint training to permit them to maintain or enhance their National Fire Protection Association 472 standard (NFPA 472), Operations Level qualifications annually and hazardous materials training.

New firefighters attend a three day Hazardous Material Awareness Operations level certification course and certified firefighters attend a one day refresher course.


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