Platoon Grads 2018 - current year

Celebrating platoon graduations at ETC

Every firefighter platoon has a special  ceremony.
Platoon grad rings service bell at ceremony
Like all grad ceremonies there are traditions. For example, each firefighter rings a bell and declares themselves ready for service or ready for assignment. If they are already in a fire service, they say ready for assignment. If they don't yet have a place in a service, they say ready for service.
Each platoon also decorates a helmet and hangs that along with a class photo in the main ETC hallway.

P3 - October 25, 2019
The final platoon of 2019 had students from BC to Nova Scotia with a lot of Winnipegers in the group.firefighter grad flanked by parents in front of fire truck
Three certificate presentations were made to class members by a family members in emergency services:
  • Dwayne Jobson of the Saskatoon Fire Service presented to his son Zane Jobson
  • Andrew Dillion, deputy chief of Superior North Emergency Medical Service (Thunder Bay, Ont) presented to his son Michael Dillion.
  • Shayne Cormier, of the Winnipeg Fire Department presented to his nephew Hayden Reid
One scholarship was presented along with scholarship nominations to two class members:
  • Austin Bridges Memorial Award nominee: Noah Bruinink of Mount Bryden, Ont. Also a second generation alumnus
  • Loralee Nichols Memorial Award nominee: Zane Jboson of Saskatoon, Sask.
  • Lakeland College Centennial Firefighter Achievement award recipient: Braden Campbell of Calgary, Alta.
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P1 - July 19, 2019
The first of two 2019 platoons finished with their grad ceremonies on July 19, 2019. P1 group holding certificates flanked by lead instructors
These were P1's award nominees:
  • Centennial Emergency Training Achievement Award – Riley Foxcroft, Lethbridge, Alta
  • The Austin Bridges Memorial Award – Michael Sinclair, Yellowknife, NWT
  • Loralee Nichols Memorial Award – Levi Morin, Yorkton, Sask
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E1 - 2019
Our blended learning platoon does theory online and then comes to ETC to do their practical.E1 platoon group with fire in background
Ryan Strohmaier of Camrose was this platoon's Centennial Firefighter Award nominee. He was also known as Dad to the platoon and spoke on behalf of his classmates.
Lloydminster chief Jordan Newton, an alumnus from 2009, spoke to grads. He emphasized the need for lifelong learning.
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P3 - Oct 19, 2018
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P2 - July 20, 2018
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P1 June 22, 2018 - photos and video
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E1 Blended Learning - May 28, 2018
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We experimented with Facebook Live when our livestream wasn't available. The sound is low, but check out the E1 2018 ceremony video.

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