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El Salvador training trip filled with learning experiences for JIBC firefighting grads

From left: Kim Saulnier, FIre Prevention Inspector at District of North Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services and JIBC lead instructor, JIBC fire graduates Ryanna Smith, Spencer Kyte, Tommy Robertson, and Douglas Race, and Jenn Dawkins of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, at the presentation by the 2018 One World students at JIBC’s New Westminster campus recently.


Firefighting graduates from the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) recently completed a special deployment to El Salvador to support essential firefighter training in the Central American country.

While they provided training demonstrations, public education sessions and performed community work, they returned home having learned a great deal themselves, and gained a greater appreciation for the resources firefighters have available to them in Canada.

The five students, all graduates of JIBC’s Fire Fighting Technologies Certificate program, travelled to El Salvador on an almost three-week deployment, to visit numerous local fire halls and train local firefighters. This special program is made possible with support from the Fire Rescue International Training Association (FRITA) and student scholarships from the Irving K. Barber One World International Scholarship administered by the Victoria Foundation with additional support from JIBC.

The five 2018 One World Scholarship students, Spencer Kyte, Connor Llewellyn, Douglas Race, Tommy Robertson and Ryanna Smith, became four when Llewellyn had to return home a few days into the trip, upon learning he had been hired by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. read more »

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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 »