CNC Burns Lake Offers Fire Suppression Training for the Public

July 24, 2017 9:08 am
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CNC Burns Lake Offers Fire Suppression Training for the Public

Responding to the needs of surrounding communities and the ongoing wildfire situation in BC’s Northern Interior, the College of New Caledonia’s Continuing Education department has developed S100 Basic Fire Suppression & Safety Training Course for delivery this week in Burns Lake.

“There was a real urgency to building this course,” says Acting Director of Community & Continuing Education, Alison Anderson. “One of CNC’s strengths is our ability to create relevant programs that meet our communities’ needs. Our strong partnerships with community agencies and instructors enabled us to work quickly and pull this together.”

Industry requests to CNC instructors prompted the creation of the course, using Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations curriculum and certification. The course was designed to meet the needs of contractors who may be contracted by the Ministry in order to undertake tasks such as monitoring fire walls and hot spots after burning areas are contained. Medics, heavy duty operators and reforestation crews are some of the possible students who may take the course.

This 14 hour, BC Forest Service course covers the basic knowledge of wildland fire suppression, wildfire behaviour and safety procedures. Upon successful completion, students will be able to effectively and safely respond with basic firefighting techniques used in BC.

Course S185 Fire Avoidance and Entrapment will also be covered during the session. Students will develop the skills to be able to assess and evaluate potential fire entrapment situations and how to act accordingly; learn to remove themselves safely from a potentially risky situation; and deploy the necessary resources using safe and efficient strategies and tactics to prevent loss of life.

There are no prerequisites to take the course, and costs will be absorbed by the College of New Caledonia to allow for increased access. Students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. A wait list will be created for those who are unable to attend this class for future delivery.

Dates of the Burns Lake course are as follows:

  • July 27 Thursday 9:00am – 5:00 pm
  • July 28 Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

To register:


Media contact:

Catherine Hansen McCarthy

Communications Officer

Cell: 778-349-0597