Trochu Fire Department Host NFPA 1001 Level 1 And 2 Training Courses

Trochu Fire Dept Drone

Nineteen students from the Carbon, Acme, Linden, Torrington, Three Hills, and Trochu fire departments are currently taking part in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Level 1 and 2 training courses instructed by the Training Officers from Trochu Fire Department.

On Saturday, January 27th these students participated in the live-burn portion of the training program, which sits at approximately the halfway point of the course, with final exams taking place at the end of April. The County’s provincially certified burn structure, which is located in Trochu and was purchased as a collaborative project under the Alberta Community Partnership Grant in 2016, allowed students to practice entering and exiting a burning structure, running hose up and down stairs, and giving them real-life fire suppression experience in average ceiling temperatures of 900F-1100F, and 200F-300F near the floor.

Lead instructor Richard Hoppins, Trochu Fire Chief, says “This structure would not have been here without the support of the Carbon, Acme, Linden, Three Hills, Trochu, and Kneehill County municipalities. It is a great example of departments, towns, villages, and the County working together to benefit both urban and rural residents.” All municipalities in Kneehill County contribute to the training costs.

Trochu has five certified instructors and three proctors who have taken the lead in administering the course in the area for over 10 years. This course has been offered in 2017, 2020, and 2022 in the County, in addition to being offered for Drumheller, Morrin, and Munson firefighters in 2023.

Hoppins notes, “This course gives our local firefighters a solid set of nationally recognized skills, knowledge, and job performance requirements to serve our municipalities. Because all firefighters are learning the same skill set, when mutual aid is required departments can work seamlessly together. The more we train and learn together, the more effective we all are on an emergency scene, whether it be a structure fire, motor vehicle incident, or wildland grass or stubble fire. Our goal is to train our responders to work safely and effectively, to benefit everyone who lives or travels through our communities. This course takes months of hard work and dedication from the students and instructors, with the course being taught in combined online, in-classroom, and outdoor training methods. We all need to be proud of our volunteers, and all the past and present students should be proud of their accomplishments.”