Provincial Fire Service Training Program Presented to Minister

Environment and Labour (to April 1/08)

February 1, 2008 11:06 AM

The interests of Nova Scotia's firefighters are in good hands thanks to the work of organizations such as the Fire Service Association of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Firefighters School.

The fire service association recently presented a plan to create a provincial fire service training program to Minister of Environment and Labour Mark Parent. Under the proposal, 90 per cent of Nova Scotia's fire service members could attain training within 90 minutes of their communities.

Mr. Parent thanked the fire service association for its effort.

"I would like to acknowledge the work of the association in developing a multi-year plan for improved training across the province," he said. "In conjunction with other interested departments, Environment and Labour will review the proposed Provincial Fire Service Training Program plan."

Tom Bremner, president of the fire service association, said fire service training needs to be modernized.

"Our association looks forward to working with the Department of Environment and Labour towards safer communities, and the safety of all firefighters."


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The interests of Nova Scotia's firefighters are in good

hands thanks to the work of organizations such as the Fire

Service Association of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia

Firefighters School.

     The fire service association has presented Minister of

Environment and Labour Mark Parent with a plan to create a

provincial fire service training school, which would mean more of

Nova Scotia's fire service members could attain training closer

home.

     The Department of Environment and Labour, in consultation

with other departments, will review the plan.

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Media Contact: Danielle Kuhn
              Environment and Labour
              902-424-8619
              E-mail: kuhnda@gov.ns.ca