Fleming College experiences highest enrolment in 50-year history

 

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 20, 2017) – Fleming College is pleased to announce record enrolment for the 2017 fall semester with 6,275 full-time students attending Fleming’s campuses.

This is the highest enrolment in Fleming College’s 50-year history.

“We are delighted to reach this significant milestone, particularly as we celebrate Fleming’s 50th anniversary this fall,” said Tony Tilly, President, Fleming College. “This is clearly a strong indication of the quality, relevance and reputation of our programs as well as the commitment of our faculty and staff to ensuring our students have the best learning experience possible.”

The number of new students grew by 11 per cent over 2016 with more than 3,660 students starting their first semester at Fleming this fall.

International enrolment at Fleming continues to grow with students from 33 different countries attending the College. Fleming now has more than 1,000 international students in total. Close to 600 new international students enrolled for the fall, a 132 per cent increase over last year.

New domestic students totaled 3,082, a 1.2 per cent increase. This domestic growth comes despite challenging demographics which show continued declines in the number of secondary school students across Ontario.

The College’s record number of students this fall follows strong enrolment numbers from earlier this year, including the highest ever summer enrolment with more than 1,500 students, and record first-semester intake in January of more than 1,230 students.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Frost Campus to host 300 elementary students as part of bioblitz event

 

City of Kawartha Lakes ON – (Sept. 20, 2017) – Fleming College’s Frost Campus will host a bioblitz this weekend that will involve eco-activities for both elementary students and Fleming students.

A bioblitz is a biological inventory that occurs over a 24-hour period. At Frost, the official bioblitz will take place from 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. Bioblitzes help to quantify the number of species in given ecosystems to help assess the decline in biodiversity within that area. A combination of faculty and community volunteers from different backgrounds (some academic, some professional) will lead groups of Frost Campus students through protocols associated with collecting and identifying species. Targeted species include: birds, reptiles, small mammals, insects, trees and shrubs, grasses, mosses, and fish.

Earlier on Friday, the campus will host 300 students in grades 2 to 7 from Leslie Frost Public School. Throughout the day, the students will rotate through stations that will expose them to different ecosystems. For each ecosystem, they will be shown tools and techniques used to identify different species of plants and animals, and then encouraged to explore the ecosystem and find as many species as they can.

Here is the schedule for the students’ visit:

  • 9:30 a.m. – Arrive at Frost Campus
  • 9:45 a.m. – Welcome from Frost Campus Principal Brett Goodwin at the Loggersports Field
  • 10 a.m. – First rotation starts, with students changing stations every 45 minutes.
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon – Lunch break
  • 2 p.m. – Students depart

The locations of the four stations that students will visit while on campus are: Upper Forest, which is located behind the main building, and the Lower Forest, Meadow, and Riparian Zone, which are all located behind the Heavy Equipment area, near the river’s edge.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,200 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Aspiring entrepreneurs invited to submit innovative business ideas to Pitch It!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017, Peterborough – FastStart invites students at Trent University, Durham College, Fleming College and University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to submit their innovative business ideas for the third annual Pitch It! competition, a competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Running for four weeks, Pitch It! culminates on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 6-9 p.m. in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch competition at Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus to a panel of industry judges. This is an opportunity for students to win $500, meet other aspiring entrepreneurs, and find help in bringing their innovative idea to the market.

The event will showcase three to five contestants pitching their idea from the following business categories: agriculture and food, information technology and media, clean tech and the environment, trades and retail business, and lifestyle and fashion.

“This event is a great opportunity for young and aspiring entrepreneurs to push themselves into pitching a business idea and getting feedback from real professionals,” says Karen Zavitz, FastStart Lead. “It is important for students to have events like this to not only showcase their great business ideas, but also practice putting those ideas into action.”

Applications will close on September 22 at noon and the final Pitch It! competition is open to the public. For more information about Pitch It! or to download a submission form, visit faststartfs.ca/pitch-it-2017

The Pitch It! competition is sponsored by FastStart, an entrepreneurial training partnership designed to increase the entrepreneurship skills and awareness of university and college students and help them develop solid business plans and take products to market. FastStart enables students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to their future careers, whether they are in startups, established businesses, social innovation or public service.

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FastStart is funded by the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.  FastStart is part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Ontario’s innovation system. The ONE is made up of regional and sector focused organizations designed to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their companies, and create jobs. For more information visit http://www.onebusiness.ca/

Please visit faststartfs.ca to find an on-line copy of this release.

For more information, please contact: 

Durham College
Allison Rosnak
Allison.Rosnak@durhamcollege.ca

Fleming College
Laura Copeland
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca

Trent University
Kate Weersink
kateweersink@trentu.ca

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Bryan Oliver
Bryan.Oliver@uoit.ca

 

 

 

Let the Deed Show: Remastered version of Fleming College’s official song released for 50th anniversary

 

 

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 14, 2017) – Let the Deed Show, Fleming College’s official song that was commissioned for the College’s 25th anniversary, has been remastered and updated for Fleming’s 50th.

The song details the life of Sir Sandford Fleming, the College’s namesake, and his contributions to society. Written by local performer Danny Bronson, Bronson returned to the studio recently with some of the finest studio musicians in Canada to record the new rendition of the song.

Recorded at Haggarty Studios in Peterborough, Bronson has breathed new life into the classic song. You can listen to, and view the video for, the updated track here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toRl89B6Hxk&feature=youtu.be.

Bronson performs Let the Deed Show every year at all of Fleming College’s convocation ceremonies at Frost and Sutherland campuses.

“Danny’s an incredibly talented songwriter, vocalist and musician and we are lucky to have had him so closely linked to the college for so long. His lyrics and melody combine to capture the spirit and perseverance of Sir Sandford Fleming and Let the Deed Show ensures a rousing close to each of our convocation ceremonies. It’s a fantastic tribute to our namesake and a memorable send-off for our graduates. We hope it provides inspiration for them to pursue a path of perseverance and innovation,” said Drew Van Parys, Executive Director of Marketing and Advancement.

Danny, along with students, alumni and employees will be in attendance at the college’s Sutherland Campus 50th Anniversary celebration on Sept. 22 from 3-7 p.m. The public is welcome to join the celebration.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

Early Childhood Education students launch the 2017 Interactive Learning with Children and Families program

 

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 13, 2017) – Early Childhood Education (ECE) students from Fleming College are welcoming families to the 2017 Interactive Learning with Children and Families program.

The program is intended for families with children 8 months to six years old along with their parents/caregivers. Each week the children will play in a creatively designed space that connects with nature, is child-centred, and builds on children’s curiosity. While children are engaged in play-based learning, families enjoy an interactive workshop.

The ECE students, in their third semester, are responsible for all aspects of the program and are supervised by two ECE faculty members. Students will observe, plan experiences, and document each child’s weekly learning. Parents will be provided with a portfolio to share in each child’s learning journey via StoryPark.com.

The program runs Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings between Oct. 3 and Dec. 7, 2017. Families attend one morning a week from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

The cost is $60 per child for the full eight weeks and the program takes place at George Street United Church/Emmanuel United Church, 534 George St. N. in Peterborough.

For more information, visit flemingchildrensprogram.wordpress.com or email FlemingECE@flemingcollege.ca.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Fleming College Fire Combat Team wins gold at FireFit Championships

 

Fleming College’s Fire Combat Team won gold for the second year in a row at the National FireFit Championships, held Sept. 6-10 in Ottawa.

The team consists of 10 male and female Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training students along with faculty coach Shawna Coulter.

Fleming won for Top School overall and also won a silver in the Relay event. The Relay members include Eric Fergonas, Danny Grant, Nathan Vanderpoel, and Lucas Manders.

Six of the students on the team achieved a spot in the finals within the Individual Division (five males, one female) and two of the men achieved incredibly fast times of 1:30 (Danny Grant) and 1:29 (Eric Fergonas).

“This places them on par with the elite level and seasoned competitors who have been competing for many years,” said Shawna Coulter, Coach of Fleming’s Fire Combat Team.

Fleming’s women’s relay team placed fifth overall. Another two of Fleming’s competitors secured a spot in the relay finals due to fast qualifying times. These were Eric Fergonas and Katie Donohoe (Co-ed Division) and Lucas Manders and Taylor Dallas (Open Men’s).

“We are extremely proud of the students and the hard work they did representing Fleming College. They were truly a class act and showed their heart during the competitions,” said James Cowan, Coordinator of Fleming College’s Pre-Service Firefighting Education and Training program. He attended the competition this weekend to support the team and help represent Fleming.

“Participation in this sport not only fosters a solid commitment to a very high level of firefighter fitness but also encourages our team members to approach any challenge with a newfound belief in their own capabilities,” says Coulter.  “Training and competing at this level requires as much mental strength as it does physical, directly influencing career readiness and success rates of our past members in securing and excelling in firefighter careers.”

FireFit has been dubbed “the toughest two minutes in sport” and puts firefighting skills to the ultimate test. Firefighters and pre-service firefighter students compete against the fastest, strongest and most physically fit of Canadian and international fire departments as they push past physical limits by demonstrating firefighting skills against the clock.

The FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. A course comprised of six gruelling physical tasks tests the strength, endurance and overall fitness levels of firefighters. Competition categories are available for men and women, offering both individual and team relay competitions.

Fleming College’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program
Fleming’s Pre-service Firefighter program offers two intakes each year, in September and January. Students train at the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy, a real-world, live fire environment that features a burn tower, roof and door props, search and rescue maze, confined space prop, and high intensity propane training tools. Students can further gain valuable work experience while in the program by taking advantage of a unique opportunity to work as a volunteer firefighter for the North Kawartha Emergency Services or the Otonabee-South Monaghan Fire Service. No other college program in Ontario offers this opportunity to students. Faculty members are well-connected professionals from a variety of fire services who bring both their firefighting expertise and life experience to the program.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:

Shawna Coulter
Faculty Member and Fleming Fire Combat Team Coach
905.376.9279

 

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

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Fleming College Board of Governors appoints new members

 

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 12, 2017) – The Board of Governors of Sir Sandford Fleming College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members as well as the election of a new chair and vice-chair.

Fred Clifford, Aaron Grant, and Catherine Praamsma have all joined Fleming’s Board of Governors, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Fred Clifford, a resident of Northumberland County, graduated from Fleming in 1982. He went on to extend his accounting qualifications, which became the basis for senior level experience with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Clifford’s board experience is extensive. He is currently serving on The Scarborough and Rouge Hospital Board of Directors. During his time on this board, he has served as Board Chair and was also instrumental in handling a mandated hospital merger.

Catherine Praamsma, a resident of Lakefield, is a former Territorial Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services. Prior to her retirement in 2015 she held the position of Regional Director General for the three territories, managing Health Canada’s programs and services. It is in this capacity that she was recognized for her leadership capabilities and awarded the 2014 Deputy Ministers Award for Management Excellence. Her sectoral expertise in health is significant as is her understanding of government relations, public policy and strategic development. Ms. Praamsma’s experience with boards includes both board membership and work reporting to boards of directors. She recently joined the Peterborough Public Health Board.

Aaron Grant is a hospital pharmacist with a strong interest in organizational improvement and the responsibility to carry out public service at the highest possible level with relentless focus on quality, innovation and patient care. Dr. Grant is dedicated to problem solving, has extensive experience in science and medicine, and understands research and its role in organizations and society at large. A resident of Northumberland County, Dr. Grants speaks multiple languages and has the experience of living on three continents in very different cultures.

Governor Dana Empey has been elected Board Chair, effective Sept. 1, 2017. She was first appointed to the Board in 2012, and has served as a member and chair of the Board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee and the Executive Committee. A Fleming alumna of the Tourism-Convention Management Program, Ms. Empey is the General Manager of Carlson-Wagonit Stewart Travel in Peterborough. She has also taught part-time at the College, served on Program Advisory Committees and co-chaired a major fundraising initiative.

Governor Dan Marinigh has been elected Board Vice-Chair. Mr. Marinigh, who lives in Peterborough, is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority. Prior to taking on that role, he held a number of positions in field operations, program development and policy with the Ministry of Natural Resources, including Director of the Integration Branch and Director of the Lands and Waters Branch. He has held membership on several boards and committees including The Ontario Aggregate Resources Board of Directors and the Anishnabek/Ontario Resource Management Council.

Governor George Gillespie (FCPA, FCA) has been elected Second Board Vice-Chair and is Chair of the Audit Committee. He has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2014 as an Order-in-Council appointee. In addition to the Audit Committee, Mr. Gillespie is a member of the Executive Committee. In 2016, Mr. Gillespie was invested as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He recently retired as a partner at McColl Turner LLP.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Celebrating Fleming College’s 50th anniversary at Frost Campus

 

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON (Sept. 8, 2017) – Fleming College’s Frost Campus is inviting students, employees, alumni and the community to join in its 50th Anniversary Celebration, taking place on Friday, Sept. 29.

“Fleming is excited to host a celebration of our 50th anniversary at Frost Campus,” said Drew Van Parys, Executive Director of Advancement and Marketing. “It’s a way for us to commemorate this significant milestone, enhance student learning, and also give our thanks to the community for its long-standing support of the college. All community members are welcome and encouraged to join in the celebrations.”

The day will include two events:

  • The 50th Anniversary Celebration will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature a loggersports demonstration, a Tree Canada tree planting ceremony, a time capsule burial (to be opened in 25 years), live music and entertainment. All are welcome to take part. Please register here if you are planning to attend.
  • Fleming’s Moveable Feast, a unique 100-mile dining experience, is a celebration of local food in support of student learning and the community. This event will take place at the campus following the 50th Anniversary Celebration, starting at 5 p.m. A tasting trail will allow guests to tour the campus while enjoying local appetizers, including an ‘edible wilds’ food station. The dinner will feature locally-sourced ingredients prepared by Chef Marty of Aramark. A silent and live auction will take place as well as beer tastings from Bobcaygeon Brewing Company. The Moveable Feast proceeds will support the GeoCentre Renovation Project at Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Tickets are $50 and are available at frostcampusmoveablefeast.eventbrite.ca or call 1-866-353-6464 ext. 3028.

“At Frost Campus we strive to be a contributing member of the community. Hosting an event such as the Moveable Feast brings individuals together to experience a delicious, sustainable meal and allows us to share the many wonderful things happening here at the campus,” said Brett Goodwin, Dean of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences and Principal of the Frost Campus.

The theme for the provincial 50th anniversary celebration is The Start of Something Amazing – a celebration of the start of the system five decades ago, and recognition of how college education marks the start of great career opportunities for growing numbers of students.

As part of the provincewide celebrations, Colleges Ontario is exhibiting an interactive mobile tour – a 42-foot trailer that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s college system and the college’s evolution and success.

It will be at Frost Campus on Thursday, Sept. 28 and features a historical timeline of college milestones; a head-to-head quiz that tests what visitors know about colleges and pop culture history; examples of how colleges are promoting environmental stewardship and tackling climate change; displays that spotlight leading-edge innovations at colleges; and profiles of graduates’ successes in Canada and throughout the world. All are welcome to come out and visit the free exhibit.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

Take a stand against sexual violence at Take Back the Night event

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Peterborough ON – (Sept. 8, 2017) – The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and Fleming College are encouraging community members to step up, speak out and take a stand against sexual violence at Take Back the Night, a rally and candlelight walk.

The four-county event, which will take place in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton, welcomes survivors of sexual violence and harassment, their supporters and allies to join together in solidarity. The Centre and College welcome participants to join together to build a more healing and inclusive community.

Take Back the Night will take place starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. This free event includes a rally with speeches, musical performances, and spoken word poetry followed by the ‘Light Your Way’ solidarity walk at 7:30 p.m.

Here are the locations:

  • Peterborough – Fleming College, Sutherland Campus, 599 Brealey Dr.
  • Lindsay – Fleming College, Frost Campus, 200 Albert St. S.
  • Cobourg – Victoria Park, Cobourg
  • Haliburton – Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, 5358 County Road 21, Haliburton, ON K0M 1S0

About Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual violence.  At our Centre in Peterborough, we offer individual counselling, group counselling and workshops, peer supports, public education and professional training.  In our three surrounding communities of City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland, we work with local centres to provide responsive healing supports and public education events.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:
Audrey Palmer
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
audrey.ksac@nexicom.net
705.748.5901

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
Fleming College
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Fleming College Fire Combat Team competing at National FireFit Championships

 

Fleming's Fire Combat Team competing in the 2016 championships.
Fleming’s Fire Combat Team competing in the 2016 championships.

Peterborough ON – (Sept. 7, 2017) – A team from Fleming College is taking on the “toughest two minutes in sport” this weekend, competing in the Canadian National FireFit Championships in Ottawa.

Fleming’s Fire Combat Team consists of 10 male and female Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training students along with faculty coach Shawna Coulter. Another four Fleming alumni are competing with their respective fire departments.

“Participation in this sport not only fosters a solid commitment to a very high level of firefighter fitness but also encourages our team members to approach any challenge with a newfound belief in their own capabilities,” says Coulter.  “Training and competing at this level requires as much mental strength as it does physical, directly influencing career readiness and success rates of our past members in securing and excelling in firefighter careers.”

The Fleming team is hoping to build on a winning record – in 2016, they won a gold medal in the relay race as well as a silver in the co-ed two-person relay, and the team had the second fastest rookie competitor in all of Canada.

FireFit has been dubbed “the toughest two minutes in sport” and puts firefighting skills to the ultimate test. Firefighters and pre-service firefighter students compete against the fastest, strongest and most physically fit of Canadian and international fire departments as they push past physical limits by demonstrating firefighting skills against the clock.

The FireFit Championships is a competition based on firefighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. A course comprised of six gruelling physical tasks tests the strength, endurance and overall fitness levels of firefighters. Competition categories are available for men and women, offering both individual and team relay competitions.

“The team is a significant time and training level commitment for our students and for the volunteer coaches. The benefits, however, are immeasurable. The physical skills and capabilities learned are directly transferable to the fire-ground. The newfound confidence that is gained in approaching the most difficult challenge, pushing past perceived personal limits… well that is something that is transferable to a far greater realm of life obstacles they may face,” says Coulter.

“The sense of camaraderie and support they receive from each other and an extensive extended FireFit family of competitors from across Canada, further encourages them to continuously set new goals and strive to reach them no matter the setback.”

Fleming College’s Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program
Fleming’s Pre-service Firefighter program offers two intakes each year, in September and January. Students train at the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy, a real-world, live fire environment that features a burn tower, roof and door props, search and rescue maze, confined space prop, and high intensity propane training tools. Students can further gain valuable work experience while in the program by taking advantage of a unique opportunity to work as a volunteer firefighter for the North Kawartha Emergency Services or the Otonabee-South Monaghan Fire Service. No other college program in Ontario offers this opportunity to students. Faculty members are well-connected professionals from a variety of fire services who bring both their firefighting expertise and life experience to the program.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 74,000 alumni.

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Members of the media, for more information please contact:

Shawna Coulter
Faculty Member and Fleming Fire Combat Team Coach
905.376.9279
(Shawna is currently in Ottawa but is available to take calls.)

 

Laura Copeland
Communications Officer
laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

 

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