First Responder Academy in Canada

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Interestingly, First Responder Academy is launching for high school students in North Okanagan. Soon they will have an opportunity to spend an entire semester earning credits while learning about working as a firefighter, police officer or paramedic.

In fact, at the beginning of this month, the Vernon school board approved the launch of a first responder academy in February 2021.

District Principal of Career Education and Curriculum Kathy Wickum said the program was designed due to student interest. Noteworthy, students want to discover more about those occupations, as well as shortages of workers in British Columbia in the fields.

She also added that the local government wants to ensure that students have access to developing and promoting opportunities that would allow for future employment.

In addition, they hope to conduct the training at a local fire hall. After students complete the course under the First Responder Academy, they will be awarded some basic certifications. The certificate will include standard First Aid training and level 1 exterior firefighting certification.

Wickum said the students will only benefit from such an initiative. They will finish high school with an impressive resume that entitles skills and theoretical knowledge to these first responder careers.  

Consequently, the new program will need a new curriculum; it will invite first responders to instruct students during training.

Parents and students who would like to know more about the program are encouraged to visit the open house on the 14th of January at Kalamalka Secondary School.

First Responders Academy: About Responder Teams

Lower Mainland First Responder teams consist of a collaboration of numerous secondary schools. School students receive training regarding the standard of Medical First Responders as set by the guidelines of the Canadian Red Cross.

The individual teams provide first aid coverage for the majority of the student population in their respective secondary school institutions. These are training opportunities to maintain trainee skills and update patient care knowledge. Additionally, teams volunteer their services to provide first aid coverage for community events throughout the Lower Mainland.