Gulf Islands Fire camp ignites youth spirit

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Gulf Islands Fire camp ignites youth spirit

Postby five_alarm » Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:14 am

PENDER ISLAND, BC - Exhaustion is visible on her face, but Gulf Islands Fire Cadet Jalene Cartwright struggles to drag a 50-kilogram (110-pound) dummy as fast as she can. Collapsing on the ground when she completes the task, the 17-year-old Cartwright is mobbed by instructors and students, who help remove an air tank and mask so she can breathe fresh air.

As soon as the mask is removed, she learns that she shaved 20 seconds off her personal best time to complete the daily firefighters combat challenge course in 2:28 minutes. “I kicked my own ass!” Cartwright cheers....

...After observing Cartwright’s performance at Pender Fire Hall #1 on Saturday, B.C.’s Deputy Fire Commissioner Richard Simpson grinned that he’d be pleased to share her ass-kicking self-evaluation comment with the Minister of Public Safety as an example of the program’s success. Cartwright was one of 14 cadets from Colwood, Langford, Pender, Salt Spring and Saturna who attended the six-day camp.

Source: gulfislands.net

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Postby ssifire » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:20 pm

Once again, Cadet camp was a blast this year!

92 hrs on the training ground, over 6 days. Can't wait till next year.

:D
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Gulf Islands Fire Camp

Postby Braes » Thu Mar 01, 2007 1:52 am

As a new probationary Fire Fighter who happens to live on Vancouver Island during the summer this camp caught my attention quickly. What is it? When is it? Any information about it would be great. Feel free to send any of the information to either my email address here or [email protected].
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Postby firefighter26 » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:12 am

ssifire wrote:Once again, Cadet camp was a blast this year!

92 hrs on the training ground, over 6 days. Can't wait till next year.

:D


Damn, a lot of FDs would be hard pressed to get some of their guys to 92 hours of training over an entire year!!!!

Sounds like a great program. When I worked in Sidney a few years ago I think I printed a few of the posters!!!

Any idea what the "return" rate is, IE, the % of cadets who go on to join their local VFDs? I always figured that programs like this could help make a dent in the reduced level of recruitment problem that almost every FD faces these days.
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Postby btrl8thannvr » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:05 pm

I came back off Pender on the same ferry as a bunch of the kids and volunteers and boy were those kids lookin pumped. What a great thing.

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Postby FFChick » Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:34 am

these FC's are great!!! It changed my life!! Thats where i met my boyfriend so i go aound saying "they're not only a place to learn about firefighting, they're also a great place to met new singles" ;) But thats beside the point. FC's are an extremly positive enviroment and any teen that wants to become a FF should go to it if they have the chance.

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Postby ssifire » Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:13 pm

firefighter26 wrote:Damn, a lot of FDs would be hard pressed to get some of their guys to 92 hours of training over an entire year!!!!

Sounds like a great program. When I worked in Sidney a few years ago I think I printed a few of the posters!!!

Any idea what the "return" rate is, IE, the % of cadets who go on to join their local VFDs? I always figured that programs like this could help make a dent in the reduced level of recruitment problem that almost every FD faces these days.


We have only been running our cadet camp, and cadet firefighter program for two years, but we have already had two cadets join our FD after graduation from school.

We still put them through our recruit program, but they've got a good knowledge base to work from.

If you run a good program, you'll see result in future recruitment.
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