Closing the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst and replacing it with 20 regional training centres will agree with detrimental consequences for fire departments and municipalities, the MPP for Temiskaming-Cochrane says.
John Vanthof says forcing firefighters, particularly these that live in rural communities, to learn on-line “will be one extra barrier for them” because they’re going to flee into sporadic cyber web provider.
“So it becomes one extra barrier for them to defend up their training,” stated Vanthof.
“And at its worst it could perchance well also flip folks some distance from becoming or remaining a firefighter.”
Vanthof says he is conscious of many volunteer firefighters in his rural riding who adore what they enact and quit “their time to avoid wasting lives.“
Vanthof has a ask for the Doug Ford government as rural firefighters proceed their training on-line with unreliable cyber web.
“The federal government is making it extra sophisticated to learn and is that the capacity we are making an are attempting to work with folks that flee into anguish while the remainder of us are running away?” requested Vanthof.
Vanthof says by closing the fire college, the province is downloading training prices onto particular person municipalities.
It now prices municipalities $65 to send a firefighter to college in Gravenhurst.
That $65 covers lodging, meals and the worth of the course.
With the college location to shut on the discontinue of this month to salvage replaced by 20 regional training centres, the programs on the centres will worth many of of bucks each plus the municipalities agree with to place up their firefighters and accommodations and pay for their restaurant meals.
Vanthof says right here’s a unheard of difficulty.
“Factual now the fire college presents world-class training at a in actuality cheap worth,” Vanthof stated.
“However now the government says we’re going to regional training centres, and though these centres can also additionally present correct training, they’re not going to give the training on the worth the college can. My riding has all kinds of little fire departments in little municipalities who quite frankly don’t agree with cash to throw around.”
Vanthof says he’s not qualified to touch upon how the training on the regional centres would study to the training on the college.
“However if they’re done properly and sufficient effort is place in, they agree with to agree with one thing that’s such as the college,” he stated.
Then again, Vanthof identified a shortcoming of the regional training centres that a training officer who trains firefighters in Almaguin Highlands additionally known.
The notify is firefighters conducting practical work on live burns.
At the college, firefighters can work at one amongst two live burn facilities.
Under the regional training centre mannequin, two items will switch across the 20 training facilities.
Vanthof says having two burn items spread across 20 training facilities is any other barrier to training because not all firefighters will agree with instantaneous salvage admission to to the burn facilities.
“If the 20 centres can’t present sufficient burn items, then having 20 facilities doesn’t create any longer sense than having the college,” he stated.
Vanthof says as it stands now the novel mannequin creates extra considerations and provides “at any time while you place up extra barriers, you both salvage much less training or fewer firefighters.”
Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Authorities of Canada.