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St. Lawrence College President and CEO to join Pre-Service Firefighter students for live fire training


KINGSTON – St. Lawrence College President and CEO Glenn Vollebregt will participate alongside Pre-Service Firefighter students in live fire training at the Loyalist Fire Training Centre in Odessa, Ontario on Thursday, May 9, 2013.


Glenn has been attending classes as part of his Go-to-Class initiative, where he attends two different classes per month in order to gain valuable insight from a student’s perspective about learning in a variety of programs at St. Lawrence College.


Last month, in anticipation of his live fire training, Glenn was fitted in specialized bunker gear and received training in the use of a self-contained breathing apparatus.


“Participating alongside our Pre-Service Firefighter students in live fire training is an opportunity for me to appreciate the challenging situations our students face and overcome,” said Glenn. “We’re proud that many of the College’s programs focus on hands-on learning, and this is a another great example of how our students gain incredible practical experience in preparation for a career in their field.”


Twenty-two students from the St. Lawrence College Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training program will participate in live fire training during the month of May at the Loyalist Fire Training Centre as well as a live fire facility in Lyndhurst run by the Leeds and The Thousand Islands Fire Service. Training with real smoke for the first time, students will face a variety of situations, including search and rescue and rollover in a smoke house, a hot house, pan fires, and vehicle fires.


Eight experienced firefighters and emergency responders from across Ontario, including Brockville, Toronto, and Ottawa, will be alongside the students at the live fire training to provide instruction and guidance. Not all students will train at the same time or on the same days in order to have a training ratio of two instructors for every one student.


“Our number one priority as our students – and Glenn – face real smoke and live fires is their safety. Having two instructors for each student not only increases their safety, but it allows for a valuable learning opportunity. Our students gain knowledge and practical skill from individuals who have faced varying situations in the field,” said Captain Mark Weldon, program coordinator of the Pre-Service Firefighter program at St. Lawrence College.


Event Information
St. Lawrence College Pre-Service Firefighter program Live Fire Training
Thursday, May 9, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Loyalist Fire Training Centre
763 County Road 6
Odessa, Ontario




About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic vibrancy of Eastern Ontario. St. Lawrence College is a close-knit community of 6,700 full-time students from Canada and from more than 40 countries worldwide, with more than 70,000 alumni. As part of ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College recently completed the installation of more than 1,600 solar modules on the roofs of our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. In addition to this investment in our campus infrastructure we have recently completed a multi-million dollar revitalization of our Cornwall campus. The college has many exciting Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 200 organizations grow and prosper. Hundreds enroll in our part-time and distance education courses each year. We work with thousands of clients annually at our Employment Service locations in Kingston, Sharbot Lake, Sydenham, and Ottawa.


Denise Wing

Communications Officer

Marketing & Communications

St. Lawrence College

Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston

T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261