The fire departments of Town of Qualicum Beach, Dashwood, and Coombs-Hillers have now completed the joint regional training building project and it is now in use.
The 1200 sq. ft. modular training building is designed with rooms, doors, windows and a stairwell to simulate a one and two-story house. The building will be used for both skill and scenario-based training. It also provides the ability to advance program development and train instructors. The training building will also be available to other fire or emergency services partners in the region which will enhance regional training and build on long existing, positive, inter-departmental relationships.
The regional collaboration on this project reflects the great partnerships and agreements currently in place throughout the District 69 region.
Nick Acciavatti, Fire Chief for Dashwood Fire Department relayed, “This is an amazing opportunity for our local firefighters and our communities. We are truly lucky to have a collaborative effort between our fire departments to achieve this goal. The new training facility will be huge benefit for our firefighters and ultimately our communities. We look forward to utilizing the new training building for years and years to come.”
Marc Norris, Fire Chief for Qualicum Beach & Parksville Fire Rescue Departments noted, “This training building will benefit us and our regional partners by providing enhanced access to excellent training opportunities, which in turn helps to ensure the best possible delivery of service to the citizens of, and visitors to, our region. This collaboration is indicative of the ability and commitment of our local fire rescue departments to work together collectively.”
Aaron Poirier, Fire Chief for the Coombs-Hilliers Fire Department commented, “This building is another example of communities coming together to complement the fire service delivery model from a collaborative approach. This building enables firefighters to train on a multitude of scenarios on a more frequent basis thus helping to ensure a consistent service delivery model to all communities.”
Primary funding for this project was made possible through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM), Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which awarded $75,000 to the project.
Marc Norris, Fire Chief
Town of Qualicum Beach & City of Parksville