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Ontario government to implement training inquest recommendations

Oct. 4, 2017, Oshawa, Ont. -The Ontario government announced has said it will implement an entire list of coroner’s inquest recommendations stemming from the deaths of two men during ice rescue training exercises.

The motion, brought forward by Oshawa MPP Jennifer French, called on the government to move forward with the 14 recommendations that came out of the inquest held earlier this year that examined the circumstances surrounding the deaths of firefighter trainee Adam Brunt and volunteer firefighter Gary Kendall, both of whom died during ice/swift water training exercises with Herschel Rescue Training Systems.

Brunt, a 30-year-old Durham College student, was swept under the ice of the Saugeen River near Hanover, Ont. during a training exercise in February 2015. Kendall, suffered a similar fate five years earlier during a similar exercise.