The newest program offered at Loyalist College is a win for area fire services and a win for the College.
On Thursday morning at the Hastings Prince Edward Mutual Aid Fire Training Complex, the college and the Mutual Aid Association introduced the Fire Service Career Preparation and Development Program.
Prince Edward County Deputy Fire Chief Robert Rutter says with the new Ontario regulations coming for firefighters, this will be a very good thing and not only for local fire departments.
The program will allow for people to learn the theory online and then practice the practical skills at the Training Complex.
Following the completion of the program, graduates will be able to undertake provincial testing for certification.
Ann Drennan, the Senior Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer from Loyalist College, says this new program falls in line with their major function to provide training and education.
Representatives from Prince Edward County, Quinte West, Belleville, Marmora and Lake, Faraday and Stirling-Rawdon-Tweed fire departments were at the announcement.
Belleville Fire Chief Mark MacDonald says this is a really amazing time for the complex and he is very confident that they will see a good result coming from the training facility in the years to come.
Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison says this partnership will help those municipalities that will suffer because of the cost of the new regulations.