Good Luck to the 2015 Deployments!!
The following four deployments are fast approaching. Thanks to the team members for stepping forward and contributing to our international development efforts.
Chris Driessen (Coquitlam Fire/Rescue)
William Heng (JIBC Grad)
Eric Picher (Lions Bay Fire/Rescue)
Tim Hannan (Lions Bay Fire/Rescue)
Brian Hutchinson (Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services)
Denis Murru (Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services)
Bill Eggers (Nanaimo Fire/Rescue)
Kai Jones (Surrey Fire Service)
Mike Canaday (Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services)
Kiko Pilas (Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services)
Eric Froesse (Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services)
El Salvador (Feb.20-Mar.1)
Norm MacLeod (Mission Fire/Rescue)
Rich Rangers (Mission Fire/Rescue)
Scott Lanseidel (Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services)
Blake Strauts (BC Ferry Corp)
Allan Gartner (Engineering & Fire Services)
Jeffrey Rodd Moore (Honorary Consul of El Salvador)
Chad Buch (Coquitlam Fire/Rescue)
Doran Boudrot (Nanaimo Fire/Rescue)
Jorgen Ponsien (Whitehorse Fire Department)
Abraham Monte De Ramos (City of Vancouver)
Kim Saulnier -One World Scholarhip Coordinator (Coquitlam Fire/Rescue)
Nolan Pick – (One World Scholarhip/JIBC)
Conrad Gallagher – (One World Scholarhip/JIBC)
Steve Oishi – (One World Scholarhip/JIBC)
Ben Gutowski – (One World Scholarhip/JIBC)
One World Scholarship 2015
For the 6th year in a row, the Justice Institute of British Columbia has provided an opportunity for 4 grads of the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate to experience fire & emergency services in an international context. During the first 4 years, the program was held in El Salvador and in 2014 and 2015 the program is taking place in Panama.
A brief overview of the 2015 program:
- The scholars will be leaving on February 8th to Panama City
- They will be receiving a 5 day, 20 hour intensive Spanish language program in the tropical rainforest area of Boquete.
- Their days will be split with Spanish class in the morning and then touring the regional fire halls in the afternoon.
- The scholars will also be taking on an assignment creating a fire safety plan for Jungla de Panama Wildlife Reserve, leaving a legacy worthy of the Irving K. Barber Foundation.
- A large part of the hall visits is presenting the Panamanian bomberos (firefighters) with a demonstration of lifts and carry techniques for rescuing persons inside a structure fire. These may include civilians or their fellow firefighters. The bomberos of Panama may already be knowledgeable in these techniques so ultimately the presentation is more of an exercise for our scholars in doing public presentations which is one of the duties of a firefighter.
- Over 10 days we intend to visit at least one fire hall in each of the 10 operational zones serviced by the Benemerito Cuerpo de Bomberos de la Republica de Panama (BCBRP).
- Once back in Panama City, the scholars will join the 2015 Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA) deployment team on February 20th. At this point, the role of One World scholars will shift from that of student to assisting Canadian firefighters to deliver a training program based on meeting NFPA standards in basic firefighting and company officer duties.
It is fair to say that the days are long and packed with activities and experiences. We hope this will instill a sense of connection to firefighters in the global community and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the career these four young men have chosen.
Notice: Annual General Meeting
Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA) will be holding its AGM on Wednesday November 12th at 1830 hours. All are welcome to attend. Details are as follows;
Who: Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA)
What: Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Where: Woody’s on Brunette (935 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam)
When: Wednesday, November 12th, 1830hrs.
Why: To update all interested individuals on the activities of the non-profit society Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA) and the plans for the upcoming year.
November 15th, 2014 – Burger & Beer event
Nanaimo Fire/Rescue members Bill Eggers and Doran Boudrot are organizing a social night fundraiser for FRITA on November 15th at the Wellington Pub in Nanaimo. Click on the link below for all the details.
March 18, 2014 – FRITA’s Post Deployment Reviews.
Our 2014 deployments represented a milestone as FRITA partnered with the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Fire & Safety Division to provide certified and standardized training to fire service personnel in El Salvador, Colombia, and Panama. In both El Salvador and Panama, FRITA instructors facilitated the practical evaluation and written exam components of the JIBC Basic Fire Fighting Certificate, which allows departments to demonstrate that their fire fighters possess the minimum fire fighter skills within NFPA 1001 and receive certification from the JIBC.
March 02, 2014 – FRITA’s President Matthew Witt was on the VIA MIA Show.
On January 05, 2014 MATTHEW WITT firefighter and president of FRITA was on the VIA MIA Show highlighting the importance of his occupation along with his involvement in a volunteer organization FRITA (Fire Rescue International Training Association) Video starts at the 2 minute mark sorry for the inconvenience.
January 25, 2014 – FRITA is pleased to announce its deployment teams 2014
FRITA 2014 Deployments are just about ready to launch! We are pleased to announce the 2014 Team Instructors & One World Scholars who will be off on the adventure of a lifetime! Safe travels, brothers & sisters! Colombia – Deploys February 14-23, 2014 Brian Hutchinson – Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Bob Allan – West Vancouver Fire Rescue Mike Canaday – Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Patrick Sheeley Surrey Fire Service El Salvador – Deploys February 14-23, 2014 Norm Macleod – Mission Fire Rescue Jeffrey Moore – Honourary Consul for El Salvador Mark Pfeifer – Delta Fire/Rescue Chad Buch – Coquitlam Fire Rescue Kiko Pilas – Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Jorgen Poinsen – Whitehorse Fire Department (Yukon) Eric Picher – Lions Bay Fire Rescue Doran Boudrot – Nanaimo Fire Rescue Panama – Deploys February 7-17, 2014 Matthew Witt – Surrey Fire Service Kim Saulnier – Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Jennifer Dawkins – Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services Matthew Leonard – St John’s Regional Fire Department (NFLD) Bill Eggers – Nanaimo Fire/Rescue Michael Crisp – JIBC-One World Scholarship Millan Lavallee – JIBC-One World Scholarship Ryan Millan – JIBC-One World Scholarship Olivier Hovasse – JIBC-One World Scholarship
January 25,2014 – FRITA members received the Train the Trainer course
FRITA members received the Trainer the Trainer course at the JIBC: Justice Institute of British Columbia on December 15th. FRITA is proud to partner with the JIBC to deliver the Basic Fire Fighter Certificate program to our our brothers and sisters in Colombia, El Salvador and Panama in 2014. This is an exciting step forward in providing standardized training to our partners in the Latin American fire service.
November 1, 2013 – FRITA’s first Annual General Meeting
FRITA will hold their first Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, November 20th. 7 pm at Seymours Pub in North Vancouver. There will be a very officious meeting followed much comradery and tale telling. New members are always welcome. $20 membership dues.FRITA & the JIBC: Justice Institute of British Columbia are pleased to be partnering again in 2014 to offer recent JIBC Fire Academy graduates the opportunity to apply for the One World Scholarship program. The OWS provides successful applicants with a 3 week adventure of a life time. The assignment is to train fire fighters in the Central American country, while learning how fire services operate in a developing country. The JIBC grads will receive Spanish lesson, exposure to local and fire culture and the opportunity to build lasting relationships with firefighters abroad.
September 11, 2013 – FRITA’s is pleased to partner with the JIBC again in 2014
FRITA & the JIBC: Justice Institute of British Columbia are pleased to be partnering again in 2014 to offer recent JIBC Fire Academy graduates the opportunity to apply for the One World Scholarship program. The OWS provides successful applicants with a 3 week adventure of a life time. The assignment is to train fire fighters in the Central American country, while learning how fire services operate in a developing country. The JIBC grads will receive Spanish lesson, exposure to local and fire culture and the opportunity to build lasting relationships with firefighters abroad. Check out the OWS student blogs from 2013! http://
August 2, 2013 – Profile of Brian Hutchinson, Graduate of the UBC Certificate in International Development
Profile of Brian Hutchinson, Graduate of the UBC Certificate in International Development. Brian discusses why he chose the UBC Continuing Studies program and what it has meant for him in his work with Firefighters Without Borders and First Responders International Training Academy. UBC Certificate in International Development The certificate meets the growing need for trained professionals with knowledge of international development issues and the skills to work successfully in international environments. The 100% online (with the exception of the field study elective course), part-time certificate is designed for those working or planning to work in the field of international development, individuals interested in global issues and those considering future studies.
For more information view: http://cstudies.ubc.ca/cid
April 18, 2013 – Four Students One World 2013
Four graduates of JIBC’s Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment Certificate Program left the Lower Mainland on February 3, 2013 to begin the adventure of a lifetime; combining their passion for firefighting with an opportunity to travel to El Salvador with BC fire fighters through First Responders International Training Academy (FRITA), and assist with efforts to deliver much needed equipment and training to emergency services personnel.