City to host Engine Boss Training in June

May 13, 2022

The City of Fort St. John Fire Department will be hosting Engine Boss Training on Saturday, June 11, 2022. This required course provides the necessary training to fire departments to be deployed throughout the Province to assist in wildfire emergencies. It is estimated that there could be up to 100 participants and 25 fire apparatus in our community from neighbouring jurisdictions to participate in this training.

The Engine Boss Leader Course is designed for municipal Fire Departments in BC to meet the Office of the Fire Commissioner and BC Wildfire Service training and practical requirements for provincial wildfire deployments. The course aims to reproduce the many conditions, requirements and procedures encountered on actual Wildland Urban Interface fires. This 16-hour course is split into two portions, an online learning section and an in-person, hands-on component.

“We have all seen the devastating effects of wildfires across the Province over the last several years. We are excited to host this training that provides local fire departments with the knowledge and skills to assist in future wildfire emergencies,” stated Fire Chief Robert Norton.

The City of Fort St. John Fire Department is looking for six properties to conduct walk-through training for the practical portion; three properties directly adjacent to treed areas and three properties surrounded by trees in Fort St. John or the surrounding area.

If you have a property that meets these qualities and are interested in allowing the use of your property for training purposes, please reach out to the City of Fort St. John Fire Department at or 250-787-4333.

Interested fire departments looking to register for this training should email (attention FSA Keith Stecko) with student names, pre‐requisite qualifications, and the type of apparatus attending (Tender or Engine, and what type) by the end of business on May 20, 2022.


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