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Sep 8, 2000

Training materials donated to Fire Service

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Recently the Fire Department has been blessed with plenty of new equipment…but equipment alone does not put out fires. Today, thanks to a generous donation from a local insurance company, firefighters will be able to use their time in the station to improve their professional skills.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting

The donation, which includes training manuals and books on fire investigations, could not have come at a better time for the National Fire Service. According to Fire Chief Henry Baizar, they have been trying to get hold of such materials for a long time, but due to financial constraints, it was never purchased. Today thanks to Regent Insurance Company they now have the literature available.

Tony Flynn, Regent Insurance

“Well firstly there has always been a close relationship between insurance companies and fire brigades. In fact the very first fire brigade was started by an insurance company some 400 years ago. So it is nice today in the 21st Century to maintain that relationship. So that’s really the first point I would make. The second point is that I think the private sector has a responsibility to work with the public sector to develop our infrastructure.”

Henry Baizar, Fire Chief, National Fire Service

“This information will be very beneficial to our department especially in the areas of fire investigations. Fire investigation presently is one of our weakest areas in the Fire Service. We got a series of six instructional tapes with guides that will assist us tremendously. It covers what the investigator needs to know, what he needs to have to go out there and do his job, It tells us about it’s cause, it’s origins, and how a fire spreads. It also deals with arson investigations, what you need to do to properly secure evidence and how to secure areas, so it will help us in a great deal.”

“The other area that we receive instructional materials is in the area of inspection. While we do inspection, these materials will enhance us greatly in how we go about doing our job because without formal or proper training, you go out there and you make mistakes. With these materials we will be getting formal training and we will know exactly what to do out there and look for in order to do a better job.”

Baizar says the first training course is schedule to take place before the end of the year.

The training materials are valued at $2,500.

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