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“I feel like we received the same quality, hands-on education. I don't feel like this pandemic hindered it. There were guidelines put in place that were straightforward,” says Olynick, a journeyman electrician by trade.
Ives adds, “We had a core group of 14 people, so we may have benefited a little bit. It was easy for our class to experience the tactical, hands-on portion of our program.”
Lakeland offers its firefighter training in both an onsite and blended format. With the blended delivery, students complete 12 weeks of online theory and then five weeks of intense in-person, hands-on learning. The pandemic pushed the start date of the hands-on portion, but Olynick says he was grateful for the extra time to absorb the theory.
While the program was extended, Ives says she adopted a strict schedule and strategically placed her focus on studying. She explains the program’s blended learning format was a perfect fit for her.
“Lakeland was recommended to me above other training schools.”
Photos: (1) Candice Ives and Braden Olynick sit on top of one of the Emergency Training Centre's firetrucks. (2) Braden Olynick outside the ETC on his graduation day. (3) Candice Ives outside the ETC on her graduation day.