Focus on the future

Attendees at the 2017 Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference tour the displays at Dave Steuart Arena on Friday. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

For the last two days Prince Albert has been overflowing with firefighters as the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs (SAFC) kicked off their annual conference on Thursday.

The event provides a venue for the province’s fire chiefs to network, learn new skills and discuss common issues that crop up in their communities.

Prince Albert Fire Chief Jason Everitt said more than 500 of the province’s fire departments are staffed and run by volunteers, and the conference helps provide them with the skills and technical knowledge they need to be successful.

“We’ve got a lot of new fire chiefs in the province, and the common question is ‘what do I do, where do I go?’” Everitt explained. “That’s the focus of this conference, to try and give them those basic tools where they can go back and hit the ground running in their communities.”

The theme of this year’s conference is “The fire service starts today. Are you ready?” It’s specifically designed to target the grassroots level of training and fire department management that those smaller departments need.

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