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Firefighter training gets underway on K’atlo’deeche First Nation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 12, 2017417 Views

‘It’s creating a sense of comfort,’ says fire chief Doug Lamalice

Dec 11, 2017

Eleven men and women have started basic firefighter training on the K’atlo’deeche First Nation.

The training allows the new KFN recruits to secure a scene, set up hoses and climb ladders, douse flames — all from outside a building.

KFN fire chief Doug Lamalice says the community has wanted a fire department for years.

“We will be the first responders a couple months down the road. But that will just be for the outside of the building, so we will still be using Hay River and they will still be coming to do the initial attack, the in-house if it is that big,” he said.

The training, new fire truck and equipment is being funded by $500,000 from Municipal and Community Affairs, which is being administered by the band.

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