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Canadian firefighters to offer training in Belize

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018. 1:08 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Three volunteer firefighters from Alberta, Canada will travel to Belize this month to share their expertise in emergency response.

Chris Layes, Rylen Trimble, and Bryon Redknap of the Grande Cache Fire Department will deploy on two trips in January and February to help train firefighters in Belize and Colombia.

Layes, Trimble and Redknap are travelling with Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA), a non-profit organization that focuses on providing training-based international aid.

Layes, along with five firefighters from the greater Vancouver area, will provide an “information upgrade” and training on fireground safety and survival, fire suppression techniques and rescue techniques to Belize City firefighters who have the potential to hold officer positions.

The second trip will take place in February when Trimble and Redknap depart for San Gil, Colombia. They will be joined by one firefighter from St. John’s and one from the Vancouver area.

That crew will provide vehicle extrication training and teach firefighting and survival techniques to a small fire department of 10 to 15 firefighters.

The Grande Cache Fire Department serves a 2,000-square-kilometre area, doing everything from putting out fires, attending vehicle accidents and helping with search and rescue. The volunteer department responds to about 200 calls annually.

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