Dominica Fire and Ambulance Services on Monday, received over 1,300 pounds of uniform and equipment courtesy of Global fire, a Canadian-based charity organization.
The organization also conducted training with emergency personnel and volunteers in several rural communities around the island.
“As a charitable organisation, we find countries and organisations that require equipment and training and provide professional fire fighters from Canada to conduct training sessions to countries such as this one,” Patrick Bradley, a member of the organization said in explaining the donation. “We train in fields such as fire fighting, forcible entry and water rescue. This helps make a better community and a better service.”
Chief Fire Officer, Josiah Dupuis extended thanks to both Patrick Bradley and Bob Geilen of Global Fire for the support.
“I want to express gratitude on behalf of the Government of Dominica and the Dominica fire and Ambulance Services to Global Fire for what you have done for us,” he said.
While on the island Global Fire also conducted training with Dominica Fire and Ambulance Services personel including trained volunteers from the communities of Bioche, Castle Bruce, San Sauveur, Good Hope, Petite Soufriere, Calibishie and the Kalinago Territory.
Chief Dupuis was grateful for that training as well.
“Global Fire is not just about donating equipment but they are also very interested in training exercises. Over the last six days, they have engaged our fire officers in practical firemanship and search and rescue skills. Feedback from the trainees reveals that they are in fact better after the exercises,” he said.
Training facilitator Bradley applauded the firemen and volunteers of the course for a job well done.
“All the fire fighters who were on the training performed extremely well…we are very impressed with the efforts put forward by your firemen. The people of Dominica should be very happy with the service provided by the Chief Dupuis Dominica Fire and Ambulance Services,” he said.