A new education centre in downtown Chilliwack is offering courses in first aid, security, WorkSafe, emergency preparedness, and more.
“I decided to come up with my own school to offer student-centred learning and higher standards of teaching,” says Tre Feit, owner and founder of TTF Education Inc. which opened in February.
“I love teaching. I like educating. I like to see people happy when they’re training and then coming back for more.”
He’s worked as an instructor with various Canadian Red Cross partners, WorkSafe partners, and St. John’s Ambulance. He found a lot of the programs offered were more lecture-based, and he wanted to offer something different.
“I like training people to be their best and getting people pumped about training, whether it’s first aid or security. I believe that training should be fun and relaxed.”
Their classroom is a big, wide-open space, without rows of desks, so students can interact with each other and the instructor.
In the classroom, TTF offers several courses for the general public. They are a partner for Canadian Red Cross, therefore all levels of Red Cross training including standard first aid, emergency first aid, WorkSafeBC training, emergency child care, and babysitting courses are offered. TTF is also a partner with the Justice Institute of B.C. which offers basic security training.
They are also the first in Canada with disaster and emergency response training, and it’s all because of Feit’s love for writing programs.
About five years ago, Feit went to Washington State to take the Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course. Because CERT was an American course, Feit could not teach the exact same program here in Canada. So after getting approval, he rewrote the program for Canadian standards by tweaking some things in CERT, but it’s still basically the same program, he says. He calls it Basic Disaster Response Training (BDRT) and it was released last year.
BDRT ranges from a one-day course to a five-day course. Those who complete the five-day course can sign up to be with TTF’s HEAT team — a volunteer program made up of people who are highly trained in disaster response.
“The idea is that if [the Americans] have an emergency down there, they can call on our guys and they know we can plug right into their program. And if we have an emergency here we can call on them and they can plug in [to our program]. So we’re trying to make it cohesive between the two countries because it’s very similar,” he says.
TTF Education will soon be offering leadership and team building courses as well as communication and conflict resolution classes, which are youth programs that Feit is currently writing.
Each course, depending on the level of training, varies from one day to about two weeks. They also offer private classes.
TTF Education is located at 46120 Yale Rd. For more info, including courses schedules, descriptions and prices, go to ttfeducationinc.com, or call 604-703-9316.