From safety courses to ABMI specific data collection protocols, we invest a considerable amount of time and energy training technologists to ensure they have a safe and fun field season! Training takes place at one of our central bases prior to sending technologists out to collect data.
Prior to the field season, we expect all technologists to have completed standard first aid, defensive driving (online), and other quick training courses that can be completed online including WHMIS and Fire Safety. The cost of these courses is reimbursed following the start of the field season or paid in advance depending on the course. The first couple weeks of May are devoted to safety and basics training, typically including but not limited to ATV, Wilderness First Aid, truck and trailer SWPs (Safe Work Procedures), and how to use a compass and GPS. All safety gear (bear spray, first aid kits, etc.) is provided.
We then move into training for ABMI specific data collection protocols. Training takes place in the classroom and in the field, and we ensure that technologists are comfortable with all protocols before heading into the field for their first day of data collection.