2014 Post Deployment Reviews.

18 March, 2014 at 1:15 pm

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.

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March Meeting

12 March, 2014 at 8:24 pm

FRITA members planning for 2015 Deployments already! — with John NicholsonNorm MacLeodBrian Hutchinson and Chad Buch.

FRITA’s President Matthew Witt had an interview on the VIA MIA Show

2 March, 2014 at 5:22 pm

FRITA’s Matthew Witt was on the VIA MIA Show.

On January 05, 2014  MATTHEW WITT  firefighter and president of FRITA was on the VIA MIA Show highlighting the importance of his occupation along with his involvement in a volunteer organization FRITA (Fire Rescue International Training Association)

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Panama – Panama Deployment 2014

2 March, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Panama - Arriving in Panama

BCBRP / FRITA / JIBC

Panama Deployment 2014

 FRITA’s 2014 deployments were a significant step forward for the organization. FRITA partnered with the JIBC to provide certified and standardized training to fire service personnel in El Salvador, Colombia, and Panama.  In addition, FRITA once again administered the One World Scholarship program for four recent graduates of the JIBC Fire and Safety Division Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment Certificate.

 Panama Deployment:

FRITA’s 2014 Panama deployment was led off with the two week in-country portion of the JIBC One World Scholarship, provided by the Irving K Barber Fellowship. The three credit course, “Fire Protection in the Global Community ,” was delivered to four candidates selected from the JIBC Fire and Safety Division’s Career Fire Fighter Pre-Employment Certificate programs of 2013. This year’s team consisted of Olivier Hovasse, Millan Lavallee, Michael Crisp, and Ryan Millen. The students and two JIBC/FRITA instructors, Kim Saulnier (Coquitlam Fire) and Matthew Witt (Surrey Fire), departed January 28, and traveled through central and western Panama learning all about the Panamanian Fire Service (BCBRP), Panamanian culture and history, and learning Spanish.

Most importantly, the team spent five hot and exhausting days preparing 30 new BCBRP recruits for their evaluations in the JIBC Basic Firefighter Certificate program.  Without the expertise of this team and these valuable training hours, these new recruits would have found the specific techniques and concepts of the NFPA standards a significant challenge.

The 30 recruits were hand picked from the over 200 new candidates undergoing basic training as they prepare to join the ranks of the BCBRP. Under the leadership of their Training Officer Alejandro Bonilla, this group bonded to become a highly motivated, supportive, and ultimately successful team. This ended up earning them the reputation of being the “A Team” of the entire recruit class.

On February 7, a team of three Canadian firefighters (Bill Eggers-Nanaimo Fire, Jenn Dawkins-Vancouver Fire, and Matthew Leonard-St John’s Fire, Newfoundland) arrived to conduct the practical evaluations and proctor the written exams for the Basic Firefighter Certificate.

While several recruits required their remedial, or second chance, in order to achieve the standard, they all showed the determination and perseverance required to pass the practical evaluations. This was no small feat as many of the requirements and evolutions were introduced to them only weeks prior to the testing period.

The written exams are currently being graded and we are hoping for a similar success rate.

This inspiring program has laid the foundation for the growth of the partnership between the BCBRP, the JIBC and FRITA in the years to come.  2015 will see another group of BCBRP recruits receive the Basic Firefighter Certificate and plans are underway to carry forward the successful candidates from this year’s class to NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 certification in 2015.  This would be the first recruit class in Central or South America to receive training and certification to NFPA standards. Something FRITA, the JIBC, and the BCBRP can be justifiably proud of!

FRITA’s President Matthew Witt was on the VIA MIA Show.

2 March, 2014 at 1:13 pm

On January 05, 2014  MATTHEW WITT  firefighter and president of FRITA was on the VIA MIA Show highlighting the importance of his occupation along with his involvement in a volunteer organization FRITA (Fire Rescue International Training Association) Video starts at the 2 minute mark sorry for the inconvenience.

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.

Academia Nacional de Bomberos de El Salvador

25 February, 2014 at 1:42 pm

El Ministerio de Gobernacion presento hoy la Academia Nacional de Bomberos, la cual permitira mejorar la tecnica profesional del personal de la institucion, repecto a la atencion de las emergencias.

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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

El Salvador – Saturday, Feb 22

22 February, 2014 at 1:56 pm

My wonderful and supportive cousins gave us a memorable day at their gorgeous lake house at Lago de Coatepeque.  The family welcomed our team, friends and the German Ambassador.  This was the very best way to wrap up a successful week that each of us will remember for a very long time.
A special note that we had an abundance of high quality and interested translators this year (from US Special Forces to an Army Colonel and more).  Each of them said they would like to come back again to help us when we return next year.
This year marks 20 years of annual visits to CBES for me, and next year marks my 25th as Honorary Consul.  Every year, our work gets stronger and our support base and profile continues to grow.  I am so happy to be able to work with you and all who deploy with us year after year.

Jeffrey Moore