Bécancour: the training of firefighters on break due to the pandemic

Bécancour: la formation de pompiers sur pause en raison de la pandémie

BÉCANCOUR | Despite the acute needs, in succession, the training of future firefighters has been suspended since the outbreak of the crisis of the pandemic.

The course in particular taught by the fire Service of Bécancour, manager of the national School of firefighters, will only resume in mid-September, and mainly in virtual mode.

“This is amazing. I have to redo all of my training tools to try to make it as user friendly as possible,” says Ronald Sauvé, assistant director and trainer from the fire Service of Bécancour.

Of interest to the recruits with a training online will be an important challenge, deals-t-it.

The practical component of the training will also be complicated because of the imposition of restrictions on the size of the groups. This means that new cohorts of fire-fighters will arrive in the barracks with a delay of six months or more.

This long delay is not the business of the fire Department Nicolet, whose numbers are rather tight at the moment.

“I wish not to have resigned at my fire department. If I have resignations of trained fire fighters I’ll be missing”, says Martin Provencher, director of the brigade of Nicolet.

To avoid that recruits give up before the resumption of classes, the brigade of Bécancour has found a way to maintain their motivation. Thus, upon the occurrence of an alarm, the apprentices are called to be on the spot, like other firefighters, in order to stay close to the action.

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