Ontario launches its first mobile live fire training unit
By FFIC Staff
By FFIC Staff
Nov. 23, 2021, Bradford, Ont. — Ontario launched the first of two new mobile live fire training units today. The new mobile training units are part of the province’s plan to expand and modernize access to fire fighting training.
“As we work to build safer communities across Ontario, ensuring that firefighters continue to have access to the latest world-class training is critically important,” said solicitor general Sylvia Jones in a press statement. “With the introduction of these new mobile live fire training units, fire services will be able to have access to high quality, live fire training in their own communities. These units are a critical part of our government’s plan to expand fire training by making the investments needed to help ensure public safety.”
The units, which are 16 metres long, are designed to operate across the province, including at regional training centres and local fire departments. The first unit, launched today in Bradford, is available immediately to fire services in southern and central Ontario. The second unit, expected to be completed by December, will be available to fire services in northern Ontario in early 2022.
As part of the training offered via the mobile training units, firefighters can experience real flames, extreme heat, high humidity, severely restricted visibility, and thick smoke during their training. The fire simulation firefighter training meets the job performance requirements outlined in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) training standards, reported the province.
“The new mobile live fire training units simulate real situations involving fire – which forms an important part of firefighter training and complements in-class learning. The introduction of the mobile live fire training unit is designed to ensure firefighter training is accessible, affordable, attainable and scalable to all fire services across the province,” said Jon Pegg, Ontario’s fire marshal, in a news release.
The new mobile units provide additional training opportunities for departments, which are also supported through online courses, local fire departments, and 28 regional training centres. The Ontario government previously issued a $5 million grant to support fire service training needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are very pleased to see the unveiling of Ontario’s new mobile live fire training units,” said Kevin McNeilly, president of the Firefighters Association of Ontario, in a press statement. “Firefighters in Ontario now have the ability to get this invaluable live fire training close at hand or from regional training centres. The FFAO would like to thank the solicitor general and Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office for putting firefighters safety first once again.“
“The health and safety of our firefighters and the public is the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs’ main concern and priority,” said the Ontario Association of Fire Chief’s president, Chief Mark MacDonald, in a news release. “One of the best ways to accomplish this is through widely available modern training practices, equipment, and facilities. These two mobile live fire training units represent a good first step towards modernizing firefighter training and bringing training closer to home.”
“The launch of these mobile training units is a positive step forward towards enhancing access to firefighter training in Ontario,” said Carmen Santoro, president of the Ontario Professional Firefighters’ Association, in a press release. “These units will assist in achieving standardized training across the province.”