Public, private: a partnership

One is in the private sector, the other is in the fire service – but they both have one thing in common.

Air Care’s Pat Paparelli and Fire Officer Aaron Denkins are the only people from Bermuda who have qualified from a tough National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) course, in Boston, USA.

They met up recently at the Hamilton Fire Station during the Fire Prevention Week, which was being supported by Air Care (www.aircare.bm) which specializes in fire protection systems.

Mr Paparelli said: “It was a really tough course, but I learnt a heck of a lot and it was an extremely worthwhile experience.”

Acting Divisional Officer Denkins said: “It was definitely one of the harder exams that I have ever taken in my life, to sit an exam with engineers and other design professional was a humbling experience.

“But with my experience in fire protection and education supported by the Bermuda Fire & Rescue service I was confident.  With more accountability being placed on decisions of the department it is nice to be able to be part of a small group of professionals in the field of fire protection.”

The two men went on a course organized by the Certified Fire Protection Specialist Board (CFPS) which was formed to document competency and offer professional recognition for people involved in fire protection, fire safety, and fire prevention.

In 1998, CFPS and the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA www.nfpa.org) partnered to jointly offer the highly regarded certification programme.

The CFPS Board credential has been awarded to more than 2,000 professionals and is internationally recognized as a mark of achievement within the fire protection field.

Those who have qualified include risk managers, loss control specialists, fire officers, fire marshals, fire inspectors, safety managers, fire protection consultants, designers, code enforcers, loss prevention professionals and building code officials.

Craig Stevenson, Air Care’s Manager, business development and sales, said: “Pat’s achievement is not only recognized through the time and dedication it took to reach this level, but appreciated as this credential recognizes the fact such a broad spectrum of knowledge is required in order to reach this level.

“We are extremely proud of Pat for this, and the team in general as their overall dedication to their profession is a key differentiator for Air Care.

“Fire Prevention Week was a timely reminder of the need for fire safety whether in the home or the workplace.”

Divisional Officer Dana Lovell added: “Acting Divisional Officer Denkins’ accomplishment cannot be understated. His newly acquired designation is widely respected in the industry and is recognized because of the rigor of the curriculum and the amount of personal time required to prepare for the exams.

“The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service is proud of his accomplishment as his qualification will now ensure that we have individuals within our organization that has achieved qualifications that are universally respected by a wider body of professional disciplines including risk managers, loss control specialists, fire officers, fire marshals, fire inspectors, safety managers, fire protection consultants, designers, code enforcers, loss prevention professionals, building code officials, commercial real estate managers and others who have responsibilities dealing with the application of fire safety, fire protection, prevention, and suppression technologies. We are delighted with his achievement.”

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