International firefighters turn to Hanover Fire academy for training

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two firefighters from Belize are getting ready to finish up their training at the Hanover Fire and EMS Academy and take what they’ve learned back home. 

Patrick Parks and Johnny Cardenas have been at the academy since the end of January through a partnership with Belize National Fire Service, Virginia Emergency Services Assistance Program VESAP for Belize and the Hanover Fire Department.

Hanover Fire said on their Facebook page that Parks and Cardenas have both passed the National Registry EMT-B (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Level) test, and are currently wrapping up the firefighting portion of the curriculum before taking the Firefighter I and II test.

The goal is for the firefighters to learn the skills and techniques of basic EMS and firefighting, then share that knowledge with other Belizean firefighters. 

Embassy Belmopan issues thousands of non-immigrant visas to Belizeans who want to travel to the U.S. for tourism, education, temporary work, or onward travel to other destinations.

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