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Fleet Management Safety courses being held in Fort Nelson

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FORT NELSON – If your company’s vehicle and driver are involved in a collision, you need to ensure that the company’s best interests are being represented.

For the first time, the Workforce Training department at the Fort Nelson Campus of Northern Lights College is offering a set of unique Fleet Management Safety courses for supervisors, fleet managers, dispatchers and drivers in the area of collision investigation.

The week-long workshop is being offered at rates usually only found in larger urban areas, and is a rare opportunity for any organization operating in the Northern Rockies region to gain experience, training and assistance in reducing the frequency and severity of collisions.

The courses will be held April 11–15, and will be facilitated by Advantage Fleet Services Inc. (AFSI), a company that works with a wide variety of businesses in Canada and the United States to manage, reduce, and/or eliminate the risks associated with the use of vehicles and other equipment.

Leading the team of instructors is Grant Aune, the founder of AFSI. Aune is a retired RCMP officer who specialized in collision reconstruction, and former employee with ICBC in the Commercial Loss Prevention program. Other course trainers have years of experience in collision investigation, and have been certified many times as experts in criminal court testimony.

“With the growth being experienced in the Fort Nelson area, the Workforce Training department at NLC really appreciates the chance to work with AFSI to offer a unique training opportunity of this quality right in Fort Nelson,” said NLC Workforce Training coordinator Ramona Nehring. “With registration fees set the same as in Calgary, this is a rare opportunity that should not be missed.”

The workshop is divided into three courses: Commercial Vehicle Incident Investigation, National Safety Code (NSC), and How to Pass a Level 1 CVSE Inspection.

Commercial Vehicle Incident Investigation assists private companies in analyzing the cause of motor vehicle incidents to determine how to prevent similar future incidents. The registration fee includes a special on-scene investigation kit to aid in reconstructing incident scenes.

The National Safety Code course will provide information for carriers on what to expect when flagged for an audit, as well as a greater understanding of a company’s NSC profile and safety rating, and the impact on overall operating and maintenance costs of a fleet.

In the third course, information will be provided on CVSE inspections. Required annual, semi-annual and random roadside inspections form the basis of a report on a carrier. Many drivers do not know what the various levels of inspections are or what is involved when an officer performs inspections. Being prudent saves time and money.

“Don’t wait for your NSC audit, be proactive and make it work for you. The NSC allows you to successfully manage your business,” said Laurie Dolan, Executive Director – North for BC Energy Services. “How do you recruit, assess and retain good drivers? The NSC helps carriers to manage their drivers to protect themselves, their equipment and public roads.”

For more information or to register for the Fleet Management Safety course, contact the Workforce Training department at the Fort Nelson Campus, 250-774-2741.