The NWMO Supports Safe Communities via Bruce County Firefighter Training
Local firefighters take part in a mock auto extrication exercise at the Bruce County Fire School.
Close to 100 firefighters gathered in Mildmay this spring to participate in a training initiative partially funded by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), working with two area municipalities in support of the annual Bruce County Fire School.
“We all get together and practise our skills,” said Tyson Kraemer, a member of the South Bruce Fire Rescue – Mildmay Station, of the two-day event. “It helps keep our skills fresh, so when a call does come in, we are ready.”
“As an organization, we place all aspects of public and employee safety first, and this investment will not only help to keep our communities safe, but also build the skills and knowledge that are key to supporting community well-being now and in the future.”
The two-day school provided an opportunity for firefighters from 19 fire departments across Bruce County to work through a variety of emergency situations. The participants took part in a series of real-life scenarios, including firefighter chainsaw course, firefighter survival course, pumper operations, auto and bus extrication, farm safety, and for the first time ever, large animal rescue.
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is a not-for-profit organization tasked with the safe, long-term management of Canada’s used nuclear fuel inside a deep geological repository, in a manner that protects people and the environment for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, the NWMO has been guided for more than 20 years by a dedicated team of world-class scientists, engineers and Indigenous Knowledge Holders that are developing innovative and collaborative solutions for nuclear waste management. Canada’s plan will only proceed in an area with informed and willing hosts, where the municipality, First Nation and Métis communities, and others in the area are working together to implement it. The NWMO plans to select a site in 2024, and two areas remain in our site selection process: the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation-Ignace area in northwestern Ontario and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation-South Bruce area in southern Ontario.