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The Training Division serves a diverse workforce of over 170 members including all ranks and divisions.

The demands of emergency service delivery require that all employees, career and on-call, have solid skills that meet community obligations and expectations. Nanaimo Fire Rescue Department's training program is designed to meet individual member needs and develop the craftsmanship to handle the variety of emergencies, achieving statutory requirements of the Workers' Compensation Act. The training program provides the technical competence necessary for individuals in execution, judgement and proficiency skills required and provide them with the confidence to perform under stress and adverse conditions.

To deliver the highest quality of service to the citizens of Nanaimo, the Training Division has the mission to develop all Fire Department members who will achieve the results at an incident by making the right decisions and executing skills and maneuvers proficiently, consistently and safely. The training methodology organizes the training program in three specific areas: skill development, skill maintenance/improvement and skill evaluation.

The training division, through the Vancouver Island Emergency Response Academy, provides accredited training through ProBoard to deliver certified training in Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, Incident Safety Officer and Hazardous Materials. There are also certified instructors to deliver First Responder Medical training, Emergency Vehicle Operators course and Technical Rescue. In partnership with Global Response Corporation, an interactive, web based Incident Command System training curriculum is available.

Resources for training include learning libraries, computer network access and SmartBoards in Training Rooms in each fire station, and an elaborate Fire Training Centre with a 4 storey burn building, ladder tower, drafting pit with recovery shell, and a number of natural gas props (supplied by Terasen Gas) allowing hundreds of simulation scenarios to assist our firefighters in becoming the very best the industry has to offer. The construction of a Confined Space Simulator is also being planned in the near future.

In addition to evolutions at fire stations, simulated and hands on scenarios at the Fire Training Centre, the Training Division realizes the importance of training in buildings typical to the ones we respond to. Periodically, firefighters have had excellent training opportunities in actual buildings. Nanaimo Fire Rescue Department is asking property owners who have an abandoned, vacant or ready to be demolished building to permit firefighters to conduct training in it.

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