Fire instructor sees program grow from the start

Parkland College firefighting students Connor Wilder and Colton Hagley practice rolling up a tarp as part of their training, under the watchful eye of instructor Curtis Brooks (far right), at the fire training grounds east of Melville.

When Curtis Brooks began working at Parkland College as a firefighting instructor in 2008, the students were sent to Vermilion, Alta., to train since there was no dedicated training space or equipment in Melville. Ten years later, the students who take the National Fire Protection Associate (NFPA) 1001 Professional Firefighter…