Emergency Services Training Centre in Blyth (BlackburnNews.com photo)

North Huron Emergency Services Academy Proposed

There could be some major changes in store for the Emergency Services Training Centre in Blyth.

North Huron Assistant Fire Chief Mark Alderman is pushing for a transition into a private career college, in order to welcome more courses, more occupations, and more students.

Alderman’s presentation to council this week touted a “North Huron Emergency Services Academy”, which would put a focus on providing courses and certification programs for a lot of occupations — not only for North Huron, but province-wide.

Council approved Alderman’s request to pursue an application with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

If the centre was transformed into a private career college, there would be benefits for local residents who need certifications and programs to continue their work careers.

Alderman says they will be actively pursuing D-class driver training and air-break endorsement, Working at Height Regulatory Training, as well as the Confined Spaces Regulatory Training.

The Centre is beginning a partnership with Loomex Training, which includes Scribe and Note Taking, Crisis Communication, as well as Emergency Skills Development and Exercise Design.