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HELPING OUT

In the first government-funded initiative of its kind in Canada, Saskatchewan announced that it is now accepting applications for fire departments that would like to take part in the debut Transportation Rescue Extrication (TREX) program.

Run through Saskatchewan’s Public Safety Agency (SPSA), this program aims to train the province’s firefighters to extract people safely and efficiently from the wreckage of auto collisions.

TREX was developed in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighters Association (SVFFA), the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs (SAFC) and the Provincial Training Standards Committee.

As one of our nation’s more sparsely populated provinces, Saskatchewan relies on volunteer fire departments to respond to many accidents, and the province’s minister responsible for auto insurance said educating these volunteers on the intricacies of the modern vehicle body is vital for the safety of all involved.

WATCH AND LEARN

Two automotive service technician instructors from Saskatchewan Polytechnic have returned to Canada, after two weeks of teaching and learning from their counterparts at Weru Technical and Vocational College. According to a press release by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Rick Russell and Nick Guthrie signed up for a learning opportunity, but unwittingly became students as well. Between October 20 to November 4, the instructors helped repair equipment that had fallen into disrepair, provided electronic learning material and took away an appreciation for the challenges faced by some of their students at home in Canada, and the people at the hosting college.

The Sask Polytech and Weru College partnership is part of the Young Africa Works Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Project and is managed by Colleges and Institutes Canada. (Photo, Sask Polytech)
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