Colombia 2014 (Deployment #2)

26 November, 2014 at 11:54 am

Congratulations to Matthew Leonard and Al Gartner on completing our 2nd deployment to Colombia in 2014. The week of training is done and all went well. Our team demonstrated, or described every skill on the Justice Institute of BC: Basic Firefighting Certificate checklist, and explained each purpose. We had every Bombero (20 or so) tie knots, do hose loads, set ladders, conduct a primary search and rescue a downed firefighter in SCBA.  The Colombian Bomberos enjoyed their time and our team members were taken care of tremendously well. This is a great example of our relationship in Colombia growing and expanding, based on shared passions around serving and protecting the communities we all serve.


FRITA’s Post Deployment Reviews

18 March, 2014 at 6:49 pm

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.

Colombia – Live Burn Scenerio

26 February, 2014 at 10:39 am

Colombia – 2014 Summary

25 February, 2014 at 2:13 pm

As follow up on the initial post-depolyment post, FRITA is providing the following synopsis: On February 13th, four Canadian fire service instructors deployed to the Atlantico Department of Colombia as members of the Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA) inaugural deployment to this nation. The Atlantico Department is the third smallest of the country’s departments but its population of 2,272,170 makes it one of the most densely populated, incorporating 23 municipalities.

Colombia – Basic Fire Fighting Certificate Program

22 February, 2014 at 2:09 pm

With four Canadian instructors (Brian Hutchinson, Bob Allan, Mike Canaday, Patrick Sheeley) FRITA provided a 5-day/40 hour training program to 48 Bomberos of the Colombian Fire Service. Topics followed the Basic Fire Fighting Certificate Program outlined by the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Also covered was Wildland firefighting as seen in the photo of our first simulation and the students at work. — in Cartagena, Colombia.

Brian Hutchinson

Colombia – Completed a 40 hour training program

21 February, 2014 at 2:21 pm

Colombia 2014: Our team of 4 instructors completed a 40 hour training program yesterday based out of the city of Barranquilla in the Atlantico State of Colombia. The program began on Sunday February 16 and finished with a day of live burn simulations on Thursday February 20. We had 48 Bomberos from the towns and cities of Barranquilla,

FRITA would like to say safe travels to the El Salvador and Colombia teams

6 February, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Safe travels to the El Salvador and Colombia teams who are heading out tomorrow! This will be FRITA’s inaugural deployment in Colombia. Buena suerte, Bomberos!