14 OCTOBER 2008 / The Hellenic Fire Department practices life-long learning through a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Fourteen members of the Hellenic Fire Department will depart for British Columbia, Canada, on October 18th, 2008, in order to participate in a training program on combating forest fires by the Canadian Fire Service, within the framework of the grant approved by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Participants in this program include newly-appointed trainers of the Fire Department, who will be returning to Greece on October 27th, in order to share the acquired knowledge with their colleagues at home.  

 
 

The firefighters travelling to Canada will participate in customized educational programs, including lectures on general principles on combating forest fires; teaching

 

of specialized fire-extinguishing methods; training in tactical operations. Upon their return to Greece, participants will be asked to train their colleagues both within the boundaries of the Academy and country-wide, through the organization of educational programs, on a district level. 

 

 This is the second and intermediate phase of the program approved, aiming at including the subject of combating forest fires in the course curriculum of the Academy of the Hellenic Fire Department. During the first phase, completed in August 2008, two officers of the Greek Service participated in a training program on planning and executing aerial operations, in British Columbia. 

 

Within the framework of this grant, the Hellenic Fire Department has also been provided with manuals for the instruction of new courses, as well as software for online learning, in order to enable prompt and thorough knowledge-sharing.

 

 Since the software will be used both during Academy courses teaching, as well as by online users, on a countrywide level, this is expected to maximize benefits for the entirety of the Fire Department.