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.