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An Ontario Fire College will bring More to the Area

Having an Ontario Fire College in the region will be great for training according to local fire departments.

Timmins Fire Chief and District of Cochrane Fire Coordinator Normand Beauchamp says having the Ontario Fire College at the Northern College campus in Timmins brings more resources to the all the northern departments. “That will increase the skills and knowledge of volunteers and career firefighters throughout the district.”

Beachamp says there is a misconception that firefighters need to be sent to Gravenhurst to be trained. He says both volunteer and career firefighters can be trained at the local departments, but the testing has to be done by a third party either at the fire college or by bringing someone in. Beachamp adds that “the college will be able to offer both.” He says this can help departments save the money that they would spend by sending people out or bringing people in for the testing.

The Fire Chief says having the centre in Timmins will increase the skills and firefighting awareness in the area for years to come.

Northern College says the college will be housed in the new Integrated Emergency Services Complex starting this fall.

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