This morning family and friends gathered to witness 12 firefighters of the National Fire Service receive certificates for completing a six-week Leading Firefighters course. Firefighter Anthony Burgos spoke about the course.
Anthony Burgos – Firefighter
“A few days into the course, I realize that there was something special about this group; we were willing to push ourselves beyond our limits. We stood together through the six weeks by helping each other during challenging times. Times when they felt like giving up; we consistently reminded each other that giving up is not an option no matter how hard the task was. The twelve of us had the utmost respect for each other and for the instructors as well creating a healthy environment for learning. The course covered eight major topics. hydraulics, hazardous materials, fire behavior, Size-up, incident command, report writing, fire investigation and fire control. These topics combine to create a foundation for us firefighters to perform efficiently and to reach our ultimate goal.”
Minister Edmund Castro was in attendance to witness the graduation of the twelve firefighters and noted that the fire department plays a ‘pivotal role’.
Edmund Castro – Minister of Transport & NEMO
“The leading firefighter course came at a critical time at a time when we need leaders in the fire department to execute to fight and protect lives and property to fight and protect yourself and your colleagues under my command I would like to say the fire department here in Belize, the country of Belize; small compact but yet one of the best firefighting force; men and women that we could have in this country and this region. I would like to see you guys shining so bright that set the example for our brothers in the Caribbean.”
The firefighters participated in several trainings last year, there were two overseas training which took place in Japan.