Dundalk Fire Department invests grant in training alternatives

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Like every other municipal fire department, Dundalk was able to apply for training money to deal with changes needed because of COVID.

Southgate Council approved the use of the $6,400 provincial grant for one laptop to be used for training at the Dundalk fire hall, and for two items to be shared with Hanover and Grey Highlands.

One is shared software for training on taking the command role of a fire scene. The other is a large training prop that demonstrates fire behaviour that is hard to create in full-scale real-life training.

In other fire department news, Cheryl Inkster and Jason Brunette have been appointed fire captains with the Dundalk Fire Department.

Ms Inkster has been an acting captain for two years and Mr. Brunette for one year.

The department is allowed four captains, and had been working with two captains and three acting captains, said the report from Fire Chief Derek Malynyk. The department will post internally for one Acting Captain, to assist in succession planning.

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald