JAN 2, 2014 – GAMES NIGHT
Over the years, the fire service has evolved into a public safety agency providing highly technical and diverse services. The general public has come to rely on the Fire Department as the “first responder” not only when life and property are threatened by man made and natural disasters, but for seemingly smaller problems as well.
To ensure that all members of the Fire Department are prepared to deliver the best level of services required, training standards have been developed to provide each member with the needed skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to deliver fire and emergency services to the citizens of the municipality.
Training occurs every Thursday night (with the exception of holidays), from 19:00 to 22:00 hours. A minimum of 75% attendance rate is required at regular training nights by all volunteer firefighters. Additional on-site training is also offered throughout the year which includes but is not limited to first aid, pump operations and specialized rescue operations. Firefighters are also encouraged to participate in off-site courses such as those offered by the JIBC and other training organizations.
Module Training – Tuesday Evenings
To meet the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), The Metchosin Fire Department trains to the NFPA 1001, Firefighter Level II Curriculum as directed by the Justice Institute of British Columbia. This format of training involves a great deal of reading and self-directed learning on the part of the firefighter. Firefighters must complete knowledge and performance based testing to complete the requirements of a general level firefighter within a 5-year time period. Upon completion the firefighter will be certified (NFPA 1001) Firefighter Level II with the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and ProBoard.
BC Extrication Society (BC Ex)
- Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee (Terc) visit site
- Extrication Challenges
- Metchosin Auto Ex Team 2013
Training Courses for Firefighters
The following are a few of the certifications and courses our firefighters participate in:
- NFPA 1002 – Emergency Vehicle Operator – JIBC
- Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) – Malaspina University
- NFPA 1001 Certification – Level II
- Live Fire I, II & III
- NFPA 472 Awareness & Operations – JIBC
- NFPA 1521 Certification – Incident Safety Officer
- Incident Command System (ICS100/200/300/400)
- Wildland Firefighting (S100)
- Wildland Operations / Urban Interface (S215)
- Air Brake Endorsement
- Rapid Intervention Teams (RIT) – JIBC
- Marina Firefighting – JIBC
- First Responder Medical, AED, Spinal – EMA Licensing
- Restricted Radio Operators License (Marine)
- Public Safety Telecommunicator I & 2
- Display Fireworks Course – Explosives Regulatory Division Canada
- Confined Space Awareness/Operations – JIBC
- Fire Scene Preservation – NFPA
- Certified Child Restraint Technician – JIBC
- C.B.R.N – Provincial Emergency Program
- F.I.R.E.S. – Office of the Fire Commissioner
- Emergency Vehicle Driver – JIBC
- Firearms Acquisition License – Restricted
- Personal Leadership Training Program
- Swiftwater / Flood Rescue Awareness – Rescue Canada
- NFPA 1033 Fire Investigator (I, II & III)
- NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector I – NFPA
- Large Animal Rescue – J Woods
- Light Urban Search and Rescue – Department of National Defense
- Forensic Fire Investigation – University of California
The Fire & Safety Division offers degree, diploma and certificate programs. Our programs are designed such that a student can use credits obtained from his certificate program towards the diploma program. Similarly, credits obtained from the diploma program can be used towards our degree program. Please see our education path below for detailed information.
These programs are designed for current Fire Fighters and include: Basic Fire Fighting, Fire Fighter I & II, and Industrial Emergency Responder training.
The Metchosin Fire Department offers Firefighter Level II in-house.