Photo submitted by Dan Heaton.
In November, firefighters from the Ulkatcho First Nation Fire Department engaged in a day of skill refinement with Dan Heaton, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS) Regional Fire Services Officer. Dan was invited by the Ulkatcho First Nation to facilitate the training and once there, he led the crew through the following drills:
- Donning (putting on) and doffing (taking off) bunker Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Catching a hydrant with a fire truck
- Deploying 50 feet of water supply line and deploying two pre-connect lines from the truck
By the day’s end, the Ulkatcho First Nation Fire Department achieved impressive milestones, donning gear within three minutes, swiftly catching a hydrant, and deploying two lines—all within three minutes. As Dan Heaton emphasized, “This is a good day by any standards.”
For those interested in firefighter training for their First Nations fire department, please contact the FNESS Fire Services Team via email. Your commitment to enhancing preparedness and skills is a vital step toward fostering resilient and proficient firefighting teams.