Firefighters boost skills

Over the last two weeks, 10 Cayman Islands Fire Service officers have received tools to help them operate in increased safety and with greater efficiency.

Assisted by Paul Lake, an instructor from the Serco International Fire Training Centre at Durham Tees Valley Airport, in the UK, two Cayman Brac fire fighters and eight from Grand Cayman completed oral, written and practical assessments certifying them as Breathing Apparatus Instructors.

The breathing apparatus is essential equipment that allows firefighters unimpeded breathing during fires, said a GIS press release. As it is important officers remain current with its correct use, refresher training in BA use is an annual requirement.

Chief Fire Officer Dennom Bodden said that this particular training course had been scheduled for 2004, but was postponed after Hurricane Ivan damaged the CIFS training facility.

‘Having 10 instructors in the service will certainly help us ensure that each firefighter is given the necessary annual training required for competence in BA use,’ he said. ‘And these officers are being assigned so that at least one instructor is always on call during each 24-hour period.’

Participating firefighters were Sub-officers John Bodden, John Christian, Larue Nixon, Rodney Rivers, and Witney Tatum; Lead Firemen Pernell Bodden, Arden Rivers and Kirk Watson; and fire fighters Troy Forbes and Ian McLaughlin.

CIFS instructors Timothy Hydes and Joseph Thompson were also on hand to assist with the training exercise.