Fire departments start virtual training

Thursday, April 9, 2020

With COVID-19 disrupting the usual fire training nights at local fire halls, Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Fire Services has gone virtual so firefighters can maintain their skills.

The CSRD has set up training sessions for on-call firefighters via Zoom video conferencing on Tuesday nights at 7 PM.

Firefighters are embracing the training as a way to stay active, prepared and connected with their team. On Tuesday, April 7, a total of 82 CSRD firefighters joined in.

"As firefighters, we are trained to adapt to all types of situations. While this COVID-19 situation is posing some unique challenges, I'm proud of how our firefighters are stepping up and adapting to this new way of training," says Sean Coubrough, CSRD's Fire Services Coordinator.

Coubrough says virtual training sessions will continue for the foreseeable future.

In response to the current measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus, CSRD Fire Services has made some adjustments to its operational procedures when responding to emergency calls.

CSRD Fire Departments are still responding to all calls for service, but firefighters are taking extra precautions with hand washing, personal protective equipment and respecting physical distancing recommendations wherever possible. Additionally, the CSRD has increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures for all firefighting equipment, trucks and fire halls in an effort to ensure the safety of firefighters and the public.

Firefighters have been asked to be extra diligent in limiting any extra unnecessary interactions with others, so they remain healthy and available when they are needed. 

Photo: CSRD Fire Services Coordinator Sean Coubrough conducts virtual training for firefighters from his residence via Zoom conference. 

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