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iN VIDEO: Kamloops Fire Rescue live-streamed 'academy' hit with young and old

Kamloops Fire Rescue is recording its training videos and sharing them on social media. take video of live fire exercise.
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March 16, 2021 - 6:00 PM

"OK. Is this thing on? Welcome to our firefighter academy."

And with that, a series of videos on the inner workings of Kamloops Fire Rescue is introduced by fire and life safety educator Jaime Chase.

Posted on YouTube this week, the videos are first streamed live on Kamloops Fire Rescue's Facebook page.

The posts were initially aimed at children, but are proving of interest to older types as well.

The latest video featured training on a live fire exercise at one of the department's facilities.

Chase calls the videos the "Spring Break 2021 Virtual Junior Firefighter Academy."

"I've been getting a lot of calls from parents if they can bring kids for fire hall tours, but of course we can't do that because of COVID restrictions," Chase says. "So why don't we organize something to take the fire hall to the kids."

He says there's been interest on his Facebook live streams as well.

"One of the nice things about doing it live, we get lots of interaction from people, asking questions we can answer them in real time."

The first video in the series takes the viewer on a tour of Fire Hall No. 7 on Aberdeen Drive. 

Firefighters explain how they prevent starting a fire of their own with a one button push, and viewers are taken on an exploration of the facility's training tower.

Activities shown later in the week will include rescue crews demonstrating the practice of cutting open a vehicle to rescue a trapped person inside, Chase says.

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