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Firefighters Complete NFPA 1001 Training

Thorhild County Emergency Services is proud to announce that on October 29, 2022, ten Thorhild County Emergency Services members completed their National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level 1 provincial testing at the Athabasca County Training Centre. This was the final component of a curriculum spanning over eight months of regimented training.

The NFPA 1001 is an international standard designed to be the minimum requirement for firefighters to ensure they are knowledgeable, competent, and safe during fire ground operations. The course covered topics such as communications, building construction, ladder operations, hose, and water stream operations, fire behaviour, forceable entry, search and rescue, tactical ventilation, overhaul, and personal protective equipment. The members gave up multiple nights a week and several weekends over the course of the eight months to complete all the theory and practical skills required.

The next step for these members is to receive training and subsequent certification in NFPA 1072 Hazmat Operations level to become fully certified IFSAC/Proboard firefighters.

Thorhild County Emergency Services wish to thank Captain Krysta Bentley for her unwavering dedication and leadership to the program, members of the Gibbons Fire Department who assisted with evaluation days, Athabasca County Fire Services for the use of their certified training centre, Thorhild County Council for their support of the firefighter training program, and to all citizens of Thorhild County who stand by their Emergency Services team.

From left to right: Captain Krysta Bentley (Lead Instructor), Firefighter Jason Stewart (Student – Stn 4), Firefighter Tony Ouelette (Student – Stn 1), Firefighter Joey Taylor (Student – Stn 4), Lieutenant Dwayne Tulik (Student – Stn 3), Firefigher Ueli Eberhard (Student – Stn 4), Firefighter Joel Painchaud (Student – Stn 1), Captain Koni Wheeler (Student – Stn 1), Firefighter Richelle Redekop (Student – Stn 2), Firefighter Nich Chmilar (Student – Stn 1), Lieutenant Kelsey Pasay (Student – Stn 1), and Fire Chief Denis Poulin (Instructor).

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