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A member of the Dryden Fire Service enters the training unit as smoke from a simulated fire billows. (Adam Riley / Acadia Broadcasting)

Training opportunity comes to Dryden

By Adam Riley Sep 5, 2023 | 2:00 PM

More than 70 fire fighters from the Dryden area were able to get live fire training through the Ontario Fire College’s mobile training unit.

Dryden Fire Chief Chris Wood calls it a unique and beneficial training opportunity.

“We bring the training to our backdoor, and it allows us to train on so many different skills right in our own backyard, and bring everybody relatively close to our department so they can come and train right here at home.”

Dozens of scenarios were played out involving blocked doorways, narrow hallways, smoke and fire.

The week of training marked the first time the unit made a stop in the city, and came after making a stop for training in Kenora.

The goal is to have it return again, but as Wood explains, that is another challenge altogether.

“The request is on the College to create another unit. There is two of them in the province and they’re obviously quite busy with operators and moving them around the province, with so many, with over 400 fire departments. But we’ll definitely put the request in each year to try and have it in Dryden, and be more than happy to continue to host for the district.”

Fire fighters open up a window as they practice inside the Ontario Fire College’s mobile training unit in Dryden on August 29th, 2023 (Adam Riley / Acadia Broadcasting)


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