For immediate release: Olds Firefighters Use Video Conferencing for Training Sessions

Olds Firefighters Use Video Conferencing for Training Sessions

Monday December 20, 2010 (Olds, AB) – Training is important for volunteer firefighters according to Justin Andrew, Training Officer for the Olds Fire Department. A video conference session held at the Olds Community Engagement Site proved to be a successful method to deliver training for emergency responders in Olds and the surrounding region. A member of the RCMP’s drug squad presented live to the group from Olds, Carstairs and Didsbury at the Olds Community Engagement Site. Emergency personnel from Sundre and Cremona used a video conference link at their Community Engagement Sites to participate in the session which included approximately sixty attendees.

“We always need to have a good understanding of what we could be faced with,” says Andrew. “Anyone who can get to use the technology and take part will see that it’s phenomenal to speak in real time, essentially face to face, without having to step out of your home community.”

The video conference session allows Mountain View County’s emergency responders including police, fire and ambulance to participate in advanced training that wouldn’t normally be available to them. Andrew pointed out that using video conferencing for training is convenient and reduces the risk to local towns since it lets firefighters participate in training sessions hosted in other locations without leaving their home community. Another benefit is the cost saving that comes from allowing departments to pool their resources to run a single event versus having many separate sessions across the region. Andrew is excited about hosting more training sessions in the upcoming year at the new Community Engagement Site, located in the Olds Municipal Library.

The Olds Connected Community Committee is proud to feature the people and businesses that are using technology to get the job done in their Champions of Technology series. The video interviews with local Champions of Technology can be viewed on their blog at www.oldscc.com/blog. Within the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development, The Olds Connected Community Committee (OCC) is part of an ongoing community effort to both maintain and enhance cultural and economic growth and sustainability. The OCC is a volunteer group of Olds community leaders dedicated to the belief that the future of economic growth for the Province will be rooted in technology. Along with other committees including the Fibre to the Premise initiative, it is supported by the Rural Alberta’s Development Fund. To find out more about the Olds Connected Community project please visit their website at www.oldscc.com or email them at info@olds.com.

Contacts:

Wilson Loree, Chair – Olds Connected Community Committee – info@oldscc.com

Lesley Winfield, Head Librarian – Olds Municipal Library – lwinfield@libs.prl.ab.ca

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Olds Community Engagement Site video conference camera

Justin Andrew, Training Officer, Olds Fire Department

Olds Community Engagement Site video conference selection panel

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Olds Firefighters use video conferencing for training sessions

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