Ontario government is committed to strengthening fire safety training

Sault Fire

The Ontario government is strengthening fire safety training across the province by increasing access to on-site and online courses in communities where firefighters serve.

Enhancing training opportunities offered through 20 regional training centres will help local fire services better meet the needs of their community and result in cost savings for municipalities.

Building on a regionally connected system of training centres, the Office of the Fire Marshal will deliver fire safety training through a combination of in-person training and online courses.

By growing local training opportunities, municipal fire departments will not feel the economic pinch to pay for travel and costs related to overtime and shift backfills.

Since March 2020, close to 800 students have attended 61 classes offered in regional training centres.

Fifty-three online courses have been provided to 1,583 students.

Throughout Ontario, there are 441 fire departments including 32 large municipal services consisting of full-time fire personnel.

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Colette Linden is a graduate of the three-year Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media program from Mohawk College before heading to McMaster University to obtain her degree in Public Relations. In addition, Colette has a certificate in Writing for Publication and a certificate of Competency in the French Language, . A recent resident of Sault Ste Marie, this Hamilton native gained experience working at TSN, the Ontario Medical Association and spent 14-years with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) as the Communications Manager. A Mother of two amazing boys, Connor & Dante, Colette is a die-hard sports fan with a passion for government affairs and hopes to one day represent this City on Council. Focusing on Politics, Indigenous Affairs and Local News, Colette also reports the latest in Sports both locally and professionally. Colette joined the Superior Media Team in September of 2019 and is thankful to finish out her career with such a family-oriented and community-oriented team.