Melville, SK – Parkland College invited representatives from First Nations around Saskatchewan to tour the college’s Emergency Services Training Site near Melville on Tuesday. Although heavy rains had left the grounds muddy, the event allowed guests to see the quality of training provided at Parkland College and to participate in exciting hands-on demonstrations.
“We wanted to showcase what level of training we offer, and I think we opened some eyes,” said Shelley Cherney, Parkland College’s Coordinator of Emergency Services. “This is the only full-time professional firefighter training program in Saskatchewan. As we seek recruits for our next intake, we wanted these First Nations leaders to have firsthand experience to share with others in their communities.”
The open house brought visitors from several communities including the Sakimay and Cowessess First Nations, the City of Regina, and members of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council.
The Emergency Services Training Site recently underwent several enhancements to provide an improved learning experience for students. Further upgrades are scheduled for this summer, such as the construction of a new roadway within the training site and additions to a shipping container structure which mimics the confined interior areas of buildings.
Parkland College is currently training its ninth platoon in the NFPA 1001 program, delivered in partnership with Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB. The 14-week program provides a comprehensive blend of theory and practical skills required for entry-level firefighter positions. The next program offering is scheduled to begin in August 2013.
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.
For more information contact:
Coordinator, Post-Secondary – Emergency Services
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766