CERPS Training Inc. launches new E-learning course for Firefighter Safety with Solar and Wind Turbine Installations

KING CITY, ON, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Centre for Emergency Response & Public Safety (CERPS Training Inc.) today announced a new web-based, self-directed training course for Solar Photovoltaic Systems, Wind Turbines and Firefighter Safety will open for on-line registration on Friday May 31, 2013.

Developed in collaboration with the Ontario Fire College, this latest CERPS program addresses the current best practices for fire suppression when these installations are involved.  In 2011, 91% of Canada's solar photovoltaic capacity was installed in Ontario1 and currently, the Canadian Wind Energy Association lists more than 1,200 wind turbines operating in 46 sites across the province2.

"This new program responds to a rapid growth in solar and wind systems in Ontario" said Jay Patterson, President & CEO of CERPS Training Inc.   "Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan encourages the growth of alternative energy generation both in residential and commercial settings.  Fire Service professionals will have even more hazards to contend with as they respond to fire emergencies that directly and indirectly threaten these installations."

About CERPS.
Launched Ontario, Canada in 2012, CERPS is a centre for high quality on-line education with the specific mandate to extend the reach, frequency and effectiveness of training and skill development for Firefighters.  CERPS has licensed e-learning technology from Stillwater Consulting Ltd., developers of the Fire Learning Management System or FLMS, developed for training in municipal fire departments across Canada.

1.  Navigant Consulting Inc., Sector Profile for Solar Photovoltaics in Canada, report # 2012-063 (RP-TEC), CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada, March 2012, 100 pp.
2. Canadian Wind Energy Association    http://www.canwea.ca/farms/wind-farms_e.php


SOURCE: Centre for Emergency Response and Public Safety

For further information:

For more information or for on-line registration go to www.cerps.ca or contact the Office of the Registrar at 905.867.4663.

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