San Gil, Mar 12, Evening wind down

13 March, 2016 at 8:35 pm

img_2162After finishing our first day of training, we went out and about for a debrief and de-stress.
Our first stop was the local watering hole. Intending to have a quiet wind down and a swim, we instead found ourselves in the middle of a lively fiesta, complete with a really fantastic live band. We took it all in stride and joined in the celebration.
From there we went to town square for supper, provided by one of the local street vendors. Shawn picked up a hacky sack for some entertainment, but we had to go, as we were late for our next event – a fashion show.
There was a bit of confusion once we arrived at the resort that was hosting the fashion show, and we ended up lost in their pool area. Seeing as we all had our swim gear on already, we hit the pool.
We eventually did find our way to the fashion show, which ended up being the last event of the evening.
From there it was back to the fire hall for some much needed sleep.img_2167

San Gil, Mar 12

13 March, 2016 at 11:01 am

So we just completed our first day of training in San Gil. We have three teams of approximately 11 people, some who10303440_10153981258317604_5393256177111082503_n have had no firefighting experience at all.

Over the next three days we will be giving these bomberos instruction on auto extrication, ropes and knots, and search and rescue.

Given the limited resources available here we have been challenged to adapt what we know to fit the environment around us.

There has been some confusion, some laughs, a lot of questions, and a lot of non-verbal visual explanations/demonstrations.

Handouts are good. Pictures are good to. 12832505_10153981258832604_1911435093996689783_n


San Gil, Mar 11, Evening

13 March, 2016 at 10:52 am

Finally our whole team is here. And to celebrate, our guide Juan took us for a night on the town.1937045_1697082657237666_3088821934242477055_n We got to see some amazing things, and met some great people. Cerro De La Cruz, a huge cross on top of a hill over looking the town, was beautiful.
We meet some of the locals, including some bomberos from town, and were immediately treated like royalty. We went swimming in the same natural pool that Juan learned to swim in when he was a boy, went for supper, then spent some time in town square, where everyone seems to gather every night to celebrate life.
Tommorrow, the work begins.


Colombia Deployment 2016 is now active

11 March, 2016 at 9:34 am

IMG_2144So after a number of travel delays due to weather, most of our team is now settled in at the Cuerpo de Bomberos in San Gil. We’ve received a great welcome from the local bomberos, had a chat with the local press, and are now getting ready for 3 days of instruction.
Last night we met a number of the local children, who were very excited to see us, went on a tour of the City, and are looking forward to going caving this afternoon!

Inaugural FRITA/National Firefighters Academy (ANB) of Chile training program wraps up.

10 March, 2016 at 5:06 am

Muchisimas gracias a toda la gente en la Academia Nacional de Bomberos y todos los bomberos por su hospitalidad, profesionalismo, amistad y fraternidad. Para nosotros siendo este el primer programa, fue exitoso y de gran provecho. Ojala podamos continuar a desarrollar esta relacion para el futuro.

Thanks to everyone at the National Academy and all the Chilean firefighters for your hospitality, professionalism, friendship, and fraternity. Our first program in Chile was successful and beneficial for all.  We hope to continue to work together and strengthen this relationship in the years to come.

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Chile 2016 Academia Nacional de Bomberos and FRITA. High Rise response second class of three.

5 March, 2016 at 4:44 pm

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New program in Chile underway

2 March, 2016 at 3:03 pm

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El Salvador team departs today

19 February, 2016 at 3:09 pm

Bon voyage, Team El Salvador, departing today for San Salvador and another great year of training and exchange with our sisters and brothers of the Cuerpo de Bomberos de El Salvador! 9 years and counting!!

Congratulations to FRITA Board member & Honourary Consul for El Salvador Jeffrey Rodd Moore

4 June, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Congratulations go out to FRITA Board member Jeffrey Rodd Moore on being recognized by the Government of El Salvador for over 20 years of contributing to the betterment of the country. The award was presented through the Ministry of Exterior Relations.

Jeffrey has coordinated medical teams, delivery of equipment for disabled persons, and overseen the entire development of the fire service training and equipment delivery program. Jeff has deployed with FRITA members every year we have had training teams deploy, annually since 2008.

This recognition simply touches on the great work Jeff has done over the years and continues to do in support of the people and government of El Salvador.

Congrats Jeff!



One World Scholarship Recipients Presentation

12 April, 2015 at 1:28 pm

In order to demonstrate to all the partners involved in the delivery of the One World Scholarship program, a partnership between Fire Rescue International Training Association and the Justice Institute of British Columbia, with key support from the Irving K Barber Foundation, the 2015 One World Scholars will be conducting a presentation on April 9th, 2015. All are welcome, details below.

DATE: April 9, 2015
TIME: Noon-1:00 pm
VENUE: JIBC Theater, 715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster

2015 OneWorld Scholarship Invitation

Also, check out the video done by the 2015 OWS. Follow the link: