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Coast guards get firefighting training

Feb 18, 2021

(CMR) Cayman Islands Coast Guard (CICG) recruits got the opportunity to learn essential firefighting skills from the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) during a three-day training course last week.

Sixteen CICG new recruits were trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers, the deployment and use of fire hoses, working in confined spaces, and the correct technique for lifting and carrying a casualty on a stretcher.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Roy Charlton said the training provided an understanding between the CIFS and the CICG to ensure a coordinated approach when the need arises.

 “CIFS works closely with CICG regularly during inshore search and rescue operations as well as other major incidents. Exercises such as this builds a shared language and understanding between members of both first response agencies, which helps to ensure an effective and coordinated approach when jointly tackling incidents,”  Charlton said.

He expressed appreciation to the training department led by John Christian, acting training manager, assisted by pump engineer James Jackson and the domestic on-duty crews for sharing their time and expertise with the CICG.

“We are extremely proud to be able to contribute to the development of our CICG colleagues and wish them all every success in their new careers,” Charlton added.

CICG Commander Robert Scotland said with the training, the recruits were better prepared to respond to emergencies.

“We are very grateful to the CIFS for the training offered to our new recruits. Being able to decisively take control of a fire, especially when you are miles from shore, is critical to ensuring the safety of yourself and all other persons on board. Thanks to this and other training, our recruits are now better prepared to act and respond should the need arise,”  Scotland said.