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November 10, 2016 12:01 PM

Conestoga designated as Ontario Fire College Regional Training Centre

Collaboration between Conestoga College and Waterloo Region results in Conestoga’s designation as an Ontario Fire College Regional Training Centre for fire and emergency services

Conestoga College has entered into a partnership with the Ontario Fire College (OFC) to become a Regional Training Centre (RTC) for fire and emergency services. Regional training centres are established by the province to facilitate delivery of OFC courses to fire service personnel in locations across Ontario. This newest RTC will be based at the Waterloo Region Emergency Services Training and Research Complex (WRESTRC).

Currently, Conestoga is one of three post-secondary institutions serving as an OFC Regional Training Centre. The new Conestoga College Regional Training Centre at WRESTRC will deliver a range of Ontario Fire College courses in response to the needs of fire services from the region and across the province.

This shared achievement is the result of collaborative planning involving Conestoga, the Region of Waterloo, the Ontario Fire College, and local area fire services.

Initial course delivery is planned for the winter of 2016.

For information on course registration, contact Darrell Reis at: dreis@conestogac.on.ca

Quotes:

“Our work as a Regional Training Centre will leverage our strong curriculum delivery experience and build on our longstanding relationships with local fire service personnel, who have provided exemplary support to Conestoga students and programs. We are very pleased to work in partnership with the Region of Waterloo and the Ontario Fire College to support innovation for safe, healthy communities.” - Dr. John Tibbits, President, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

“The Region of Waterloo and Conestoga College are both known for innovation. Partnering with Conestoga to provide this program at the Region’s Emergency Services Training and Research Centre is just another example of how collaboration can do good things.” - Ken Seiling, Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo

"The Conestoga College Regional Training Centre at WRESTRC represents a significant opportunity for workforce capacity development in the fire service, and reflects the vitality and innovative capacity of all partners in this sector and geographic area. This outcome moved forward as a result of a collaborative local planning effort between Conestoga College, the Region of Waterloo and fire services throughout the region" - Chief Richard Hepditch, Regional Fire Coordinator, Waterloo Region

"On behalf of the staff and faculty of the Ontario Fire College, we are pleased to partner with Conestoga College to expand OFC course offerings to fire service personnel in the Region of Waterloo and surrounding areas.” - Carol-Lynn Chambers, Principal, Ontario Fire College

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