September 20, 2017 10:54 am Last modified: 4:47 am

Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs to Hold Conference on St. Thomas

The Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs Conference (CAFC) is held annually. This CAFC 2017 Fire-Rescue-EMS Conference will again bring together fire service administrators, firefighters, paramedics/EMTs, vendors and other professionals in a regional forum, enabling the exchange of the latest advances in both fire-rescue and pre-hospital care within the fire service community. It will be held from May 22-26 at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa, 6500 Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Through a variety of lectures, round-table discussions, workshops and sessions, the conference will have a special focus on raising the bar in pre-hospital care through training and credentialing. There will be enhanced leadership sessions geared towards improving junior and senior fire service personnel. This five-day event is the largest organized fire and rescue event in the Caribbean.

 This year, there will be three challenges.

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(1) The Firefighter Challenge is comprised of firefighters in full bunker gear and breathing apparatus, from nations across the Caribbean, competing in a timed course of five stations.

(2) The EMS Challenge will put EMT teams up against a timed simulated medical emergency, testing their ability to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and attention to life saving details.

(3) The Extrication Challenge will engage rescue teams from around the Caribbean and put them under pressure to bring their skill of vehicle extrication to the field of intense competition. 

This year’s conference will present another opportunity for the men and women in the fire and rescue community to come together for professional development and competitive excellence.  

Go to www.caribbeanfirechiefs.org to view the schedule and registration information. Join the conversation at #cafc2017expo.

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