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First Nations firefighters spend week training, competing

A dozen teams from around the province took part in the First Nations firefighters competition at Hillside Stadium Thursday. It was the first time the event was held in Kamloops.
June 30, 2013 - 10:06 AM

KAMLOOPS – Around 200 firefighters from around the province diverged on Kamloops to take part in training, workshops, an annual general meeting, the wildfire simulation and firefighter competition as part of the First Nations Emergency Services Society of B.C. annual safety expo this past week.

It was the first time the First Nations firefighters competition was held in Kamloops and the first time the Tk'emlups Indian Band held a mock wildfire. Both events were well attended and the entire week was considered quite successful.

As the manager of the forest fuel management sector of the society Brent Langlois was very happy with the feedback he had received about the workshops that kicked off the week of events. He was most looking forward to revising the band emergency plan based on the outcomes of the simulation.

“We're going to sit down and go through the Tk'emlups Indian Band plan and see what we can revise. That's going to be our measure of success from this event.” Langlois said in the midst of the mock disaster, “At the end of the day we would rather do that now than wait.”

Langlois was also excited for the competition, which brought in 12 teams from around the province. Teams donned their gear and raced against each other and the clock in several different challenges. The winner will go to the national championship in Ontario this August.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (250)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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