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Fire & Safety Division Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate Justice Institute of British Columbia School of Public Safety

JIBC firefighting grads gain a global perspective studying in the UK

JIBC Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC) graduates Nick Cirillo and Rorie Moir recently arrived at The Fire Service College in the UK to participate in a special opportunity to study abroad for two weeks and gain invaluable international firefighter training experience.

This new opportunity for JIBC FFTC students is part of the Fire Protection in the Global Community course and is made possible through funding from the Irving K. Barber One World Scholarship administered by the Victoria Foundation, and with additional support from The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation.

Check back often to see their latest updates below about their learning experience at one of the largest firefighter training schools in the world:

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Fire & Safety Division Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate School of Public Safety

Becoming a firefighter: JIBC firefighting graduate looking forward to serving the community in the Fraser Valley

Adam Iwama, 2014 JIBC CFFPEP graduateAdam Iwama is a recent JIBC graduate embarking on a meaningful career as a firefighter in Abbotsford. (Photo and story by Richard Chu)


When Adam Iwama, 33, was looking to transition from his work in the field of kinesiology, there were a few essential qualities he was looking for in a new career. It had to have a focus on helping others, entail teamwork, and have a certain level of physicality. He found those aspects, and more, in a career as a professional firefighter.

Last year, to gain the essential knowledge, skills and industry qualifications to embark on his new career path, he completed JIBC’s career firefighter pre-employment program, which was updated last summer as the Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate (FFTC).

In a relatively short period of time, after going through the rigorous recruitment process, Adam was recently hired as a firefighter for the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service. read more »