Firefighting Students to Receive Training Assistance from Canada’s Natural Gas Industry

Canadian Gas Association to assist JIBC in providing training and resources for first responders 

Firefighting students at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) will have access to additional training resources thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed recently between JIBC and the Canadian Gas Association (CGA).

“We are pleased to partner with the Canadian Gas Association to improve our training of first responders in natural gas safety and the handling of related emergencies,” said Dr. Michel Tarko, JIBC President and CEO. “This is part of JIBC’s ongoing commitment to work with industry stakeholders to ensure we develop and deliver relevant and responsive programming and curriculum to our students. There can be no better authority and source of educational resources on the subject than the industry itself.”

Canada’s natural gas delivery systems are designed, built, operated, and maintained to the highest standards and the industry is committed to constant monitoring and improvement to ensure safety, resiliency and reliability are never compromised. A key guiding principle related to the operations of these energy systems is the ongoing learning and sharing of information and knowledge with stakeholders. CGA has had a long-standing partnership with the national firefighting community, providing first responders with useful and accurate information on natural gas emergency response. This MOU with JIBC further enhances the industry’s culture of safety and security.

“In the natural gas delivery industry, safety is paramount. Part of our commitment to safety includes cooperation with important community partners like firefighters and those training to be first responders,” said Timothy Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. “This partnership with the Justice Institute of British Columbia will ensure their students have access to the most current information and best practices developed and used by the industry itself.”

The MOU will provide training resources to first responders across Canada by combining the subject matter expertise of the CGA with the curriculum and education expertise of JIBC. CGA will share with JIBC its online training and resources on the emergency response considerations of natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG).

As a result, JIBC students and clients will have free and easily accessible online training and resources that are current, relevant, and necessary for protecting and serving their communities. CGA will see improved safety awareness and emergency response in communities served by its industry partners and members.

“This MOU will benefit first responders by making valuable training resources more readily available and accessible,” said Charlene Jordan-Jones, Director of JIBC’s Fire & Safety Division. “Every community has natural gas, LNG and CNG either in use or travelling through it so training and learning about emergency response considerations is essential.”

While the MOU is in effect, through April 2023, JIBC will make the CGA materials available for free to all Canadian emergency responder agencies and their personnel.

About Justice Institute of British Columbia

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is Canada’s leading public safety educator with a mission to develop dynamic justice and public safety professionals through its exceptional applied education, training and research. JIBC offers internationally recognized education that leads to certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees and graduate certificates; exceptional continuing education for work and career-related learning and development; and customized contract training to government agencies and private organizations worldwide. Our education provides professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to excel at every stage of their career contributing to safer communities and a more just society.

About the Canadian Gas Association

The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) is the voice of Canada’s natural gas delivery industry. Its membership includes natural gas distribution and transmission companies, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers to the industry. Our utility members are active in eight provinces and one territory and meet 35% of Canadians’ energy needs through a network of over 566,000 kilometers of underground infrastructure. This infrastructure can also be used to deliver renewable gases including renewable natural gas and hydrogen, in order to contribute to Canada’s greenhouse gas emission reductions. Today, over 7.2 million customer locations representing approximately two-thirds of Canadians, rely on natural gas for clean, affordable and reliable heating and power.



Liz Verhoeve
Senior Manager, Communications & Marketing
Justice Institute of British Columbia

Aysha Raad
Director, Communications
Canadian Gas Association

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