MANDATED FIRE TRAINING UNREALISTIC FOR VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENTS 3/9/2018 1:30:19 PM
The Ontario government is proposing changes that rural communities say would once again negatively impact them. The latest change is mandating how firefighters in the province are trained, making firefighers go to the fire college to get certified, rather than the in-house training and qualifications they currently receive. The chair of Renfrew County's fire chief association, Corwin Quade is very up front with how he feels about this change.
Quade says the change comes after a couple of accidents in the past four or five years, but he says that doesn't accurately represent the numerous firefighters in the 448 departments province wide.
Quade says the 17 departments in the county and Pembroke's department are submitting letters stating how this will never work in small municipalities, especially those that are completely volunteer driven and are asking for more time since this change is set to come into effect on January 1, 2019.