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Blazing trails: Six Nations training firefighters from all over Ontario in new state-of-the-art facility – TheSpec.com

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 2017324 Views

Two years ago, the Six Nations fire headquarters was a trailer. Today, its arsenal includes a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art training facility.

Carrie Boshkaykin takes a break from trying to break open a metal door — a useful skill known as forced entry in the firefighting world — and steps out into a cool, windy March day.

She’s sweating under her heavy bunker gear, but smiling — an eager student, and a proud one as one of only two women to make it through the training being offered to firefighters from northern Ontario.

Boshkaykin is among about a dozen left from the initial 20 who participated in the program the Six Nations Fire Department is running. The group, who will graduate April 6, are being put through the same rigorous six-week course undertaken by firefighters working on Six Nations — a department that, under the leadership of Chief Matthew Miller, has transformed from one lacking in everything (firefighters, stations, trucks, equipment, training) into a professionalized unit.

Read More: http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7202112-blazing-trails-six-nations-training-firefighters-from-all-over-ontario-in-new-state-of-the-art-faci/

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