Peru 2022

29 November, 2022 at 11:23 am

On November 20th, our Pisac, Peru Deployment wrapped up our 12 day visit to this amazing part of the world! Over 50 Bomberos received training in Auto Extrication Awareness, HazMat Awareness and First Aid. Additionally, 47 Bomberos from Pisac, Cusco and area received certification in ICS 100 from Canada ICS. 

This was FRITA’s 4 Deployment to this area!

Our Instructors were from various Departments:
Matthew Witt, Surrey Fire Department (BC)
Derek Dickson, Telkwa Fire Department (BC)
Gregg Van De Creek, Manhattan Fire Department (Kansas, USA)
Norm MacLeod, White Rock Fire Department (BC)


2 June, 2020 at 6:37 pm -Tropical Storm Amanda killed at least 14 people when it struck El Salvador, unleashing flooding and landslides, officials say.The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, has declared a 15-day state of emergency to deal with the effects of the deadly storm.He said it had caused $200m (£161m) worth of damage.Thousands of people have sought refuge in shelters after their homes were destroyed.A woman and her son look at the rubble after their house was devastated by the overflowing of a creek due to the torrential rains caused by the passage of tropical storm Amanda in San Salvador on May 31, 2020. #firerescueinternationaltrainingassociation #vfrs


9 November, 2019 at 2:16 pm

On behalf of FRITA President Kiko Pilas, and the Board of Directors, please find attached our instructor roster for the 2020 Deployments.
In 2020, we have 30 fire service professionals deploying to 5 different countries.

This instructor group represents 21 separate Fire Departments, hailing from 7 Provinces & 1 Territory (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, & Yukon). Our Instructor group is Coast to Coast; from St John’s (Newfoundland) to North Cowichan (BC).

For those of you able to deploy with FRITA in 2020; we look forward to working with you. For those of you not able to join us this coming year, we look forward to the opportunity to work alongside you in coming years.

Belize National Fire Service 2019

17 February, 2019 at 11:32 am

On February 4th, FRITA and the Belize National Fire Service concluded our 5th annual training deployment. Over the five days of training we delivered a program focused on Structural Collapse, Technical Rope Rescue, Emergency Medical Response, Incident Command, and Hazardous Materials Response. Our six person team had four members from British Columbia, one from Winnipeg, and one from St Johns, Newfoundland. A truly Canadian coast to coast representation on this FRITA deployment.

As always, thanks go out to our hosts at the Belize National Fire Service for all the work they put in each year, to our partners at the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) who continue to house all our instructors and the 25 course participants, as well as providing classroom and field work space, and to the Belize Defense Force for use of facilities for both training and exercises.

Check out the final video on our Facebook page found on the far right of this website.First Aid Structural Collapse Rappelling

Belize Deployment 2019 FRITA Team 2019

San Luis, Antioquia, Colombia 2019

17 February, 2019 at 11:14 am

Fire Rescue International Training Association is proud to announce the completion of our inaugural deployment to San Luis, Antioquia, Colombia. We had a five-person team; 2 members from British Columbia, 2 from Pickering (Ontario) and 1 from Quebec, deliver a five-day training program that covered training topics such as; Auto Extrication; Wildland Firefighting, Emergency Medical Response; Incident Command; Technical Rope Rescue.

Special thanks to our hosts for their warm welcome and the logistics and planning they put in to make the deployment successful. We look forward to building on this relationship for future deployments.

Peru (Pisac) Deployment Wrap-up 2018

18 November, 2018 at 2:19 pm

The FRITA team of three instructors; Matthew Witt (Surrey Fire Service), Norm Macleod (Mission Fire & Rescue Services), and Derek Dickson (North Vancouver City Fire Department) have just completed their 2018 deployment to Pisac, Peru. During the 10 day deployment, many topics were covered and skills were reviewed and built upon.

Another successful deployment focused on meeting the needs of our in-country partners, and of building on the bonds of brotherhood/sisterhood between the Canadian fire service and that of Peru. Thanks to Rob Kilburn at Guillevin for the donated flashlights and balaclavas.

Peru 1 2018 Peru 2 2018 Peru 3 2018 Peru 4 2018 Peru Presentation 2018

2019 Deployment Instructor Intake

15 September, 2018 at 4:51 pm

Fire Rescue International Training Association is accepting applications from fire
service personnel interested in participating in the delivery of training abroad.

• Belize January 25 – February 3
• Chile April 26 – May 5
• Colombia (Malambo) March (Dates TBA)
• El Salvador March 1 – 10
• Peru November (Dates TBA)

Recently added: Colombia (San Luis Antioquia) Jan 15 – 23

We are looking for fire service personnel willing to share their experience and knowledge with
their brothers and sisters in developing countries in a variety of fire and rescue disciplines.

Applications should include:
1. Areas of expertise/interest
2. Countries of preference (1st and 2nd choices)
3. Short resume detailing pertinent experience
4. Work reference (IAFF local or Dept)

Please email resumes by midnight October 7th to:

FRITA Instructor Intake

2018 Deployments

1 September, 2017 at 1:55 pm

Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA) is once again seeking interested individuals to join our training deployments in 2018.

Please find attached the Deployment Instructor Intake Poster for the 2018 FRITA Deployments. Closing date is September 30th.

FRITA Poster2018

For those who have not deployed previously, please submit a cover letter/email indicating your desired countries of deployment listed in order of preference, along with the names/contact info for references. Please attach a resume.

For those FRITA members looking to redeploy, please send an email indicating your country preferences, listed in order of your availability.

All info on submitting your information is included in the attached poster.

As is usual, FRITA may have additional deployments later in the Fall/Winter of 2018, those will be advertised late Spring/early Summer.

On behalf of FRITA President Kiko Pilas, and the Board of Directors, we look forward to working with many of you during the 2018 international deployments.

2017 Deployment Update

26 February, 2017 at 11:33 am

FIRE RESCUE INTERNATIONAL TRAINING ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce that we have now completed our inaugral deployement to Venezuela (January 20th to 29th, 2017), and our 4th deployment to Colombia (San Gil February 10th to 19th).

Currently, our One World Scholarship students have joined up with the FRITA deployment in El Salvador (February 24th to March 5th) which is celebrating our tenth annual deployment of Canadian Fire Service members travelling to this country for training! Over those ten years, over 100 Canadian fire fighters have deployed to El Salvador, arriving alongside 6 fire engines, 2 Ladder Trucks, hundreds of sets of PPE, SCBA, and a variety of tools and equipment.

Preparations are currently underway for the remaining 2017 deployments;

Belize (Our 3rd annual deployment – March 24th to April 2nd), Chile (Our 2nd annual deployment – March 25th to April 10th), and our 5th deployment to Colombia, our second in 2017 (Malambo April 28th to May 7th).

Planning is also underway for our 2nd annual deployment to Anguilla (November 2017) and after a break of several years, a return to Peru (November 2017). In all, 8 deployments to 7 different countries in 2017, deploying over 50 fire service professionals from across Canada, coast to coast.El Salvador 2017 OWS and Instructors

Condolences to our brother and sister Fire Fighters in Chile

10 February, 2017 at 8:50 am

With heavy hearts, all due respect, and much sadness, the Board of Directors and membership of FRITA sends condolences to the families and colleagues of the firefighters killed recently in the forest fires in Chile. Across the miles between us, their families and all the firefighters of Chile, should know that we honour the courage and sacrifice of these brave firefighters. May their heroic actions never be forgotten.

Con corazones pesados, respeto, y mucha tristeza, la Junta Directiva y miembros de FRITA manda condolencias a las familias y todos los companeros de los bomberos recien fallecidos en los incendios forestales en Chile. Sobre las millas de distancia entre nosotros, sus familias y todos los bomberos de Chile deben saber que honoramos el coraje y sacrificio de estos bomberos tan valorosos. Que sus acciones de heroismo nunca sea olvidado.

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