PSHSA and the OAFC partner to provide improved training access, centralized services and revised high hazard curriculum for the fire service in Ontario

Public Services Health and Safety Association and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs partner to provide improved training access, centralized services and revised high hazard curriculum for the fire service in Ontario. 

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) to support the development of a regional training centre network and the updating of high hazard curriculum to NFPA standards.

Earlier this year, PSHSA developed a “New Initiatives” funding proposal for regionalized fire health and safety training.  As a result, the Ministry of Labour approved funding to develop a regional training hub model. PSHSA is confident that this model can be scaled to reach across any sector when applied effectively. This model enables crucial health and safety training at any regional training facility.  It will provide access in rural areas and allow various partners to leverage programs to adopt a revenue sharing approach. 

Benefits of the new training model include:

·       Cost reductions of high hazard health and safety training for not only the training provider, but for the fire service as a whole.

·       Increased number of participants that can be trained across the various training centres in Ontario.

·       Improve access, availability and convenience of training especially in more rural areas.

·       Increased utilization of regional training facilities.

The OAFC is working with PSHSA on an implementation strategy for this model. The first step in this process is updating high hazard courses to NFPA 1006 standards. The OAFC is working alongside PSHSA to provide subject matter expertise. Additional initiatives include developing a collective approach for delivering essential health and safety programs and networking training centres to a centralized calendar on the OAFC website. An information session for training centers will be held on February 18, 2016. 

The OAFC is pleased to partner with PSHSA to provide improved training access, centralized services and revised high hazard curriculum for the fire service in Ontario.

M.D. (Matt) Pegg
President, OAFC

Ron Kelusky
PSHSA President and CEO
 

For more information, Contact:

Richard Boyes
Executive Director, OAFC
905-426-9865

richard.boyes@oafc.on.ca