A heavy duty day

Twenty-three Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood grades 11 and 12 students had the opportunity of a lifetime participating in the Elk Valley’s Project Heavy Duty 2011.

Bert Eckel enjoys the day.

Twenty-three Elkford, Fernie and Sparwood grades 11 and 12 students had the opportunity of a lifetime participating in the Elk Valley’s Project Heavy Duty 2011. With incredible sponsorship and numerous skilled and dedicated volunteers, students gained knowledge in various aspects of safety training/certification and equipment operation. Many students applied for this free and very popular program but only those that had good attendance and course history were interviewed by a school counsellor and finally selected for the program. Students who complete the course also receive two credits towards graduation and attain notable elements for their resume.

To begin the program students received First Aid Level One certification from the College of the Rockies, WHMIS certification, Fire Extinguisher Training from Sparwood Fire Chief Rick Goold, and WorkSafe BC training. Students also toured Teck’s Elkview Coal Operations and Sparwood Finning learning about the industry and career opportunities. Worksafe BC provided the entire on site safety orientation and supplied the teens with their own high visibility vest and safety glasses.

In the second part of the program students got hands-on experience and individual mentoring from experienced equipment operators. Twelve pieces of heavy duty machinery were generously donated from local companies and veteran equipment operators volunteered their time to teach the students how to safely run all of them. Fortis BC and Terasen Gas attended and presented students with practical instruction on electrical and natural gas safety.

Just Posted

Big turnout to advance polls

On Saturday, general voting will be open to qualified electors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Double loss sends Riders back to drawing board

Despite putting up a good fight against both Revelstoke and Creston, the… Continue reading

Gay minister challenges preconceptions

Andrea Brennan serves Fernie at pivotal time in church’s history

Documentary reveals Fernie’s role in WWI internment operations

That Never Happened to screen on 100th anniversary of Morrissey internment camp closure

Environmental monitoring meeting in Elkford tonight

Meeting to focus on environmental monitoring programs at Teck coal mines in the Elk Valley

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Meet the City of Fernie candidates

Voters in Fernie will vote for one Mayor, six Councillors and one School Board Trustee on October 20

Meet the District of Sparwood candidates

Voters in Sparwood will vote for one Mayor and six Councillors on October 20

Meet the District of Elkford candidates

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce will host an All Candidates Forum on October 4

Prank pizzas delivered to B.C. mayor on election night

The fake orders happened throughout Victoria mayor’s re-election campaign

MLA to become Nanaimo’s next mayor, could weaken NDP’s grasp on power

Leonard Krog’s win will trigger a byelection when he gives up his provincial seat

Horvat nets OT winner as Canucks beat Bruins 2-1

Young Vancouver star had spirited scrap earlier in contest

Fernie SAR rescues mountain biker

The man sustained a neck injury while riding Today’s Special, a new trail in Fernie

Team Canada gold medal winners for first time in world curling championship

Team Canada earned gold in Kelowna at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship

Most Read