NEW COVID Operating protocols

Latest Communication – September 17, 2021

In response to the new COVID-19 measures announced by the Alberta Government, Western Canada Fire & First Aid Inc. will adjust its operating protocols to adapt in two phases:

Phase 1 – September 20 -26, 2021 – Western Canada Fire & First Aid Inc. will operate based on the most recent capacity restrictions and operating guidelines outlined by the Alberta Government on Masking and physical distancing will remain in place.

Phase 2 – September 27, 2021 onward – Western Canada Fire & First Aid Inc. will participate in the the Restriction Exemption Program and students MUST provide ONE of the following to access training in our facilities:
• proof of vaccination
– partial vaccination (one dose) accepted September 20 to October 25 if received 2 weeks before time of service
– full vaccination (two doses) required after October 25
• proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test within 72 hours of service (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed)
• documentation of a medical exemption for vaccination
Students who fail to provide one of the options above will not be permitted entry to our facilities.

WCFF’s current COVID policies included:

  • Mask Requirements– Masks must continue to be worn by staff and students while they remain inside the building. 
  • Cleaning Requirements – We will continue to clean our common touch surface areas every morning and afternoon. Classrooms and computer labs are disinfected after each class. 
  • Hand Sanitizer – is encouraged and wall stations will remain in place around the facilities.
  • Indoor Gatherings – Class sizes have been adjusted, with physical distancing in place.
  • First Aid Practicals – Masks and face shields will be worn while completing the practical skills.
  • Coffee Station– will remain unavailable to students.
  • Hazard Assessments – while our COVID policies remain in place, we will continue to follow our hazard assessments for operating during a pandemic.

For students who arrive without a mask, we can provide masks for a fee. For those not comfortable wearing a mask, we have other training options available. Students can book into our online/ blended training courses or reschedule for a future date free of charge once policies have changed. All students are still required to wear a mask while in our facilities.  

We will continue to re-evaluate our policies as our environment and information changes.