Training Emergency First Responders in Electrical Safety

July 5th, 2019
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Gus Loder, one of Hydro’s regional Safety, Health and Environment Advisors, was recently invited to the annual Fire and Emergency Services Fire School in Clarenville, where he instructed a classroom full of first responders on electrical safety.

Gus (who is also a certified firefighter and a Fire Chief himself) and the Hydro safety team have been delivering electrical safety courses to community fire departments throughout the province for a number of years. But this was the first opportunity to be part of the Fire and Emergency Services Fire School curriculum.

“Fire fighters and other first responders can often encounter electrical hazards on the job,” says Gus. “The training we deliver arms them with the knowledge they need of the electrical distribution system, the associated dangers and how to deal with them, so that they are better equipped to safely assess and respond to incidents involving energized lines and equipment.”

Safety is a core value and top priority at Hydro. And we’ll continue to promote the safety of our employees, the public, our partners and stakeholders through education and awareness. Kudos to Gus for being the energy our first responders can count on.

Hydro Safety Advisor, Gus Loder, delivered valuable electrical safety training to first responders at the provincial Fire and Emergency Services Fire School in Clarenville, June 2019.