August 10, 2009 — Parkland College has embarked on new training ventures taking skills and expertise to Nunavut. Recently Parkland College signed a contract with the Government of Nunavut to provide level one firefighter training in Cambridge Bay as well as two fire investigation courses – one in Rankin Inlet and the other in Iqaluit. The level one fire fighter training took place from July 28th to August 6th, 2009 and the fire investigation courses will run from August 25 to September 4, 2009 and January 20 to the 29th, 2010.
The courses Parkland College is providing in each of the communities are being conducted by Fire Services Instructional Program Head, Jim Fairbank. “I have worked in Nunavut both as the Fire Specialist Training Officer for the Government of Nunavut and as a Fire Service Instructor with Lakeland College fire etc. prior to moving to Melville so I am familiar with the Inuit people and their culture, which makes it much easier to work in the north. I am also accustomed to the isolation associated with living in the north”, said Fairbank.
The Level one firefighter training course is designed for new firefighters and Parkland College will draw students from the communities of the Kitikmeot Region. The communities in this region are Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven, and Kugaaruk.
The fire investigation course has been designed for officers in the Fire Departments, Electrical Inspectors and RCMP members involved in the Investigation of fires in Nunavut.
Further growth in the area of Protective and Emergency Services will continue to be seen in the future. Parkland College has expanded its program to include Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training and Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) training. “As Saskatchewan’s only full- time professional firefighter qualifications training institution, additional programming will be considered based on the needs assessment for the province”, explains Larry Pearen, Manager, Business Health and Human Services. “We are pleased to see out of province contracts such as the one delivered in Nunavut by our lead instructor Jim Fairbank.”