Panama – FRITA & The JIBC’s One World Scholarship program are on their way to Panama!

30 January, 2014 at 9:52 am

After months of preparation, FRITA members Matthew Witt and Kim Saulnier accompanied the 2014 JIBC’s One World Scholarship recipients to Panama City on January 28th. Travel went smoothly and we quickly settled in to the various activities the program encompasses. Olivier Hovasse, Millan Lavallee, Michael Crisp and Ryan Millen were immediately immersed into Latin culture with a day and a half of Spanish classes and exploring the older part of Panama City, Casco Viejo. Yesterday we were invited to an impromptu meeting with the Director General of the Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos de la República d Panamá (BCBRP) Colonel Pablo Tuñon Vejas. The Colonel made us all feel extremely welcome and it was a great honour to meet him. He is so pleased with FRITA’s ability to deliver training BCBRP Bomberos that will earn them the Basic Fire Firefighting 1 certificate through our partnership with the JIBC Fire & Safety division. Colonel Tuñon aspires to have all under his command certified to NFPA 1001 Standard and FRITA is committed to seeing this become a reality. The Basic Fire Fighting 1 certificate is the first step to realizing this goal.

Panama – The One World Scholarship program has arrived in Panama City!

29 January, 2014 at 7:53 pm

The One World Scholarship program has arrived in Panama City!

The One World Scholarship program has arrived in Panama City! In between Spanish classes today, The One World Scholarship recipients met with the Director General Colonel Pablo Tuñon and were given a tour of Hall 1.

Panama – 2014

26 January, 2014 at 7:48 pm
T-minus 2 days until Matthew Witt & Kim Saulnier depart with the 2014 One World Scholarship JIBC Fire Academy recipients to Panama. FRITA is proud to partner on this work study abroad joint venture with the JIBC: Justice Institute of British Columbia. Congratulations to Mike Crisp, Millan Lavalee, Ryan Millen and Olivier Horvasse.
For more about the One World Scholarship, check out last year’s recipients’ blog!

FRITA is pleased to announce its deployment teams 2014

25 January, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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

FRITA members received the Train the Trainer course

25 January, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Train_the_Trainer 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.

Four Students One World 2013

10 January, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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.


Brian Hutchinson, Graduate of the UBC Certificate in International Development

10 January, 2014 at 1:10 pm

 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.

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