Paul Brent is serious about safety.
“I value life, the moment that we’re in,” he says. “It can go from you have everything to you now have nothing.”
Brent has been providing safety training programs for over 20 years in the north, from Fort St. John to Terrace to the Yukon. He was an instructor at Northern Lights College for 10 years. He’s a classroom facilitator and a speaker.
“The key behind prevention and protection is to recognize it is the moment right now that you have control over it, you can’t change five minutes ago, but you can work with now. I can dream about tomorrow, but I can only work with now,” he says.
In 2012, Brent started a business with his wife. However, in 2017, his wife was in motor vehicle accident on her way home from work, and almost lost her left arm and broke her wrist — she nearly lost her life. He had to stop working to care for her.
Now, he’s back on the circuit.
He’s been out to the conferences and trade shows, promoting programs for different safety courses, presenting at South Island Safety Conference in Victoria in 2018. He’s looking to speak at the Alberta Health and Safety conference in 2020.
He also does outdoor training at his facility — the B.E.S.T. (Brent Enterprises Specialty Training) Centre — on the Kiskatinaw.
“Our site between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, right out at the Kiskatinaw, we do outdoor training programs for ATVs, UTVs, snowmobile, chainsaw. Things you can’t do in town, because we are central between both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, right at the Brayden cut across road, we’re accessible to Chetwynd, so it’s been a while building all of those things and we’re the only facility in the region that can offer programs like that,” he says.
“There’s a difference between education and training, and we provide education. We get into the core of the worker, we try to get the motivational points to engage them, in their body and their own safety value,” he explains.
“Accidents don’t happen, they’re incidents.”