Bruce Power opens fire training facility to local fire departments

Bruce Power held a recognition luncheon for volunteer firefighters today, while announcing the expansion of its training agreement with local fire departments.

     Bruce Power employees who volunteer with the Saugeen Shores Fire Department, Bruce Power             President and CEO Mike Rencheck (far L); Phil Eagleson, Saugeen Shores Fire Chief; former NHL                hockey player Glenn Healy (2nd from R) and James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice                                                    President, Corporate Affairs & Operational Services (far R)

Bruce Power’s Emergency and Protective Services department has always worked closely with local fire departments, often aiding them by providing an air truck that provides fresh breathing air to first responders during emergency situations. With a state-of-the-art training facility on site, the company has also provided opportunities for local firefighters to hone their skills in a safe environment.

The fire training facility will now be offered, free of charge, to any municipal fire department in Bruce, Grey, and Huron county, said James Scongack, Bruce Power’s Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Operational Services.

                                                  Bruce Power Fire Training facility            Saugeen Times file photo

“Bruce Power has dozens of employees who volunteer with their local fire department, and we’re happy they take the knowledge they gain at work back to their communities,” Scongack said. “To this end, we felt it was important to allow firefighters in Bruce, Grey and Huron to hone their skills at our fire training facility.

“At Bruce Power, our Number 1 priority is safety first, and we want that goal to extend to the first responders in our communities as much as possible, so improving municipal access to our state-of-the-art facility was a natural progression.”

Bruce Power’s opened its $25 million fire training facility in 2015. It includes a mock-up of a turbine generator, which allows firefighters to practice in realistic scenarios. Propane-fueled props, producing fire and smoke, simulate a variety of situations, and thermal cameras, located throughout the building, capture video footage and stream it back to a central control room. The main building, which can be used year round, also features a 50-foot tower for high-angle rescue training. There are also a number of outdoor fire simulators including a car, forklift, and transformer.

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‘Smoke maker’ creates  ‘smoke’  for a safe training                                            environment

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Simulated fire

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Variety of Emergency vehicles on-site

About Bruce Power

Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,200 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power has worked hard to build strong roots in Ontario and is committed to protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which we live.