Ottawa Fire Services partners with federal government

THE FOLLOWING NEWS RELEASE WAS ISSUED ON JUNE 7, 2016 BY THE OTTAWA FIRE SERVICES. IT IS REPOSTED HERE WITH THEIR PERMISSION.

  Aim: to develop a new training curriculum for Canadian firefighters

News Release 

June 7, 2016 – Mirabel, Québec

From June 6 to 9, 2016, experts will set fire to two structures and ask firefighters to respond to the fires using new training materials developed through a federally-funded project led by the Ottawa Fire Services (OFS).

These experiments are part of the project, “From Knowledge to Practice: Embedding scientific knowledge of fire dynamics into firefighting operations”, which aims to develop a new fire curriculum that integrates more science-based knowledge about fire dynamics – how fires start, spread and develop - into current firefighting training, strategies and tactics. OFS is working closely with its project partners,  including the Calgary Fire Department, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Services, the Service de la sécurité incendie de Mirabel and the Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal.

The experiments will provide key insights into the curriculum’s practical applications. Gaps will be identified and can then be addressed to positively impact firefighting strategies and protocols. This knowledge will be used to review and finalize the curriculum materials. The resulting curriculum will be incorporated into Canadian firefighting training certification standards for adoption and use by all fire services in Canada. Ultimately, this project will improve firefighting strategies and firefighter safety by offering robust and full-spectrum training.

The project is funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program, a federal program led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS), in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

“This project and the resulting training materials will greatly enhance the development of training programs that modernize operating policies and procedures,” said Ottawa Fire Service Division Chief Peter McBride who is the project manager. “It will contribute to an up-to-date approach to fire service investment decisions, policies, and practices, for use in Canada and internationally.”

“The Canadian Safety and Security Program plays an important role in developing science and technology tools and knowledge that support Canada’s public safety and security communities, including first responders.” said Dr. Mark Williamson, Director General, DRDC CSS. “We are proud to support important projects like this because they are helping us to develop the critical evidence-base and knowledge necessary to ensure the safety and effectiveness of firefighters, and ultimately the lives and livelihoods of Canadians”.

Danielle Cardinal, Public Information Officer

Ottawa Fire Services

613-913-2812   Danielle.Cardinal@ottawa.ca

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