It’s been another successful year for the local firefighting program at NorQuest College.
After offering Industrial Firefighting last summer, NorQuest is now running a 1001 Professional Firefighting course for students and members of Whitecourt’s Fire Department.
NorQuest has partnered with Living Waters Catholic School Division, and local industry and business with the help of a Canada-Alberta Jobs Grant to offer the Industrial Firefighting course last year, and now the 1001 course this year free to local high school and post-secondary students.
The course features online theory instruction and hands-on training with local firefighters at Whitecourt’s training grounds.
1001 student Josh Bidell, a recent high school graduate, on working with Whitecourt’s fire department through the program.
Living Waters Catholic Schools Career Counsellor and Coordinator Art Bauer, says the program helps students stay in the local area and keep their education costs down.
Bauer says there are currently 11 students taking the 1001 course. It started in January and will wrap up in September. Once graduating, students will immediately be employable within the community with the training and skills they’ve learned.
Norquest is looking at offering the course again and adding on to it for next year. Bauer says there will be three different starting programs with room for 12 to 16 students in each; the Industrial Firefighting program, a new and recently revised Medical First Responder program, and then another round of the Professional Firefighting course that will most likely start in the new year.
Bauer says anyone who recently graduated high school in Whitecourt and would like to follow this career path can contact him at 780-779-6158, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NorQuest and Living Waters will also be holding another information night for those interested in taking the courses. The info night will take place at 7 pm at Ecole St. Joseph’s School in Whitecourt on July 31st.