Fire Service Women Ontario Conference 2016 and AGM “Challenging the present, shaping the future”
HOT Course Descriptions, Professional Development Workshops and Presenters
Please Note: SCBA and Bunker gear are required for all HOT Classes.
The Nozzle Forward
Seattle Firefighter Aaron Fields
The Nozzle Forward is a two day course designed for engine/pump company crews. It is not a collection of techniques; it is an adaptable system of hose line management and fire attack. It is focused around fighting fire, interior offensive firefighting and aggressive firefighting.
It is an ongoing development of an in-depth study of all things engine/pump. It is not a “what if” class, it is a program designed to engrain the nozzle team to make the right choice and be able to accomplish whatever task is necessary for a successful interior attack. It is not theory; it is proven on fire-grounds around the United States. Adapted from a variety of sources, but reconstructed to be based around simple principles that maximize mechanical advantage.
This class answers the “why’s” and not just the “what’s,” and quickly creates a system that can be adopted to fit any engine/pump company from the urban to the rural.
The goal of “The Nozzle Forward” is to help craft more efficient Engine/Pump Companies by increasing the individual’s competency with their tools and by expanding on the conceptual aspects of the fire environment. The course will integrate the three major components of engine/pump company work; fire behaviour, hose management and fire attack.
Aaron Fields is a firefighter for the City of Seattle and the OG of the Nozzle Forward. Between his dad, brother, and himself, there is nearly always a Fields member on watch somewhere in the 5th battalion. Aaron rides backwards on Engine Company 28, and is usually found with a nozzle in his hands. His aspiration has always been to ride on the back of Engine 28, allowing him to work in the neighborhood he grew up in, (98118 shout-out!) He is known for his dislike of “the MAN”, tendency to question authority, and zealous belief that good basics win. Aaron developed the skills shared in the Nozzle Forward in an unrelenting pursuit of all things engine. The skills are adapted from many sources, but reconstructed to be based around simple principles that maximize mechanical advantage. At the request of folks who wanted to see how he was going about hand-line use the Nozzle Forward was born as a program and has been keeping “pimp-hands loose” since 2008.
When all else fails, give ‘em a West Coast Salute…
Structural Live fire evolutions including forcible entry, interior fire attack, search and rescue, hose selection/placement/management and pump operations. The focus is on the initial actions of first-arriving crews at fires involving structures and exposures. Participants will be directed in methods of efficiently deploying hose lines for fire attack and crew protection, conducting searches using new technologies, developing and maintaining effective fire streams and water supply.
Incident priorities, tactics, discipline, and accountability will be stressed throughout the evolutions, and an evaluation of skills and tactics using TIC technologies will be discussed in the post evolution analysis and review.
Glen Harding is presently a Platoon Chief with Sarnia Fire & Rescue Services and has been employed as Adjunct Faculty at the Lambton College Fire and Public Safety Centre of Excellence since 2006. Glen teaches in both the Pre Service Firefighter and the Fire Science Technology Advanced Diploma programs as well as in numerous Industrial Fire School programs
Glen is an integral part of the part-time Faculty group dedicated to student success and the advancement of Fire Science programs at Lambton and in the fire service in general.
Go from zero to hero the quickest way possible- Edraulics. With no hoses, no power unit, no set up time and more power when compared to conventional hydraulic units, departments are making the smart switch. Why not position yourself in front of the learning curve by gaining Edraulics experience? Students will learn extrication techniques while applying these skills to realistic scenarios.
The latest in vehicle strut systems for stabilizing vehicles on their side will also be displayed and discussed.
Cary Slote is a Captain and a training officer with Haldimand County Fire Dept with 29 years of service.Service Manager and master technician and master instructor for Code4 Fire and Rescue for 20 years. Code4 is the Hurst Jaws of Life dealer for Ontario, the East Coast and Western New York, providing training, tool sales and service to over 3000 fire departments.
Lambton College’s Fire and Public Safety Centre of excellence is home to Canada’s leading Industrial Firefighter training activities and props. Join our seasoned instructor, Barry Holmes for an exciting morning of Fire Training with Foam. A 30 minute in-class session will be followed by 2 ½ hours of hands-on firefighter experience tackling three of the larger props on the grounds. Participants will extinguish a vertical storage tank fire, followed by a loading rack fire and finally a process area impinging flame using portable and fixed monitors, foam inducted handlines, foam tender and foam wagon.
Barry has been an Industrial Firefighter instructor at the Lambton College Fire and Public Safety Centre of Excellence for the past 28 years, leading countless industrial clients through a full range of courses, many of which he was instrumental in designing and implementing. His depth of knowledge and steadfast approach to training is appreciated by newcomers and seasoned trainees alike.
Professional Development Workshops and Presenters
Incident Safety Officer
Chief Dave Dodson
The Incident Safety Officer course, developed by the USFA and the National Fire Academy, is a two-day course that examines the safety officer's role at emergency responses. The specific focus on operations within an Incident Command System as a safety officer is a main theme. The course emphasizes the safe response to all-hazard types of situations.
Dave Dodson, Lead Instructor, Response Solutions
Chief Dodson is a fire service author, lecturer, and trainer. He is a 34-year fire service veteran, spending time as a Battalion Chief, Duty Safety Officer, Training Officer, and Emergency Manager for several Colorado Fire Departments. In 1997, Dave was chosen as the ISFSI “George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year.” His “Art of Reading Smoke” class has been presented to over 70,000 firefighters in the USA and Canada.
Of all the training the fire service offers, documentation is probably the most neglected. The Fire Service has traditionally remained immune to court appearances, however with increased enforcement, responsibilities, and accountability we are being called to testify far more frequently. Several high profile inquests have proven the importance of being able to recall, justify and defend our actions, an impossible task without comprehensive notes and clear and concise witness statements. Good note taking is for everyone, not just the Company Officer anymore. Join me to discuss what information should be contained within your notes, how they should be taken, and the requirements for retention and storage of notebooks and statements. Every day we strive to portray a professional and competent persona, let us reflect that as well in our documentation.
Karen started her emergency services career 28 years ago as a Paramedic with the City of Hamilton and started her journey with the Fire Service as a Volunteer Fire Fighting with the Town of Haldimand Fire Department. She transitioned full time to the Fire Service when she became the first full time Fire Prevention Officer for Norfolk County before becoming an Inspector with the London Fire Department, a position she has held for the last 10 years.
Throughout her career, Karen has testified in numerous court situations from criminal proceedings, homicide cases and has successfully prosecuted cases under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act as well as Municipal by-laws. She served as the court liaison for the London Fire Department for approximately 5 years.
Karen was instrumental in developing and delivering a documentation course and Inservice Inspection training for the London Fire Department. She is currently completing her requirements to become an adjunct instructor for the Ontario Fire College Fire Prevention Inspector programs.
Enforcement and zero tolerance have become the mantra of the Fire Service. Public Education, Inspections and Enforcement and Suppression are the three lines of defence, but are we fulfilling our responsibilities in enforcement? As an Inspector or Chief Officer in a smaller Department or someone who has been delegated as an Assistant to the Fire Marshal, you will be called upon to enforce the Ontario Fire Code and possibly Municipal bylaws. Join me as I walk you through the process of writing a ticket for Part 1 offenses and swearing an information for Part 3 offenses.
Principles of Modern Fire Attack: SLICE-RS
This class will introduce and discuss the UL/NIST Modern Fire Behavior/Dynamics studies and help to educate students how the science of fire can be used to make changes to strategy and tactics for fire attack. It is our hope that by compiling the best lessons learned from the fire dynamics research, great discussions can be had to learn how fire departments have been able to adjust their policies, tactics and training to create a safer environment for the fire service as well as the people we serve in our communities. The shared science, research and best practices are now being used worldwide. Go home to your department with a renewed outlook and with a healthy knowledge of the Principles of Modern Fire Attack: SLICE-RS. This program is NOT a Train-the-Trainer. This class introduces modern fire behavior along with an updated look at strategy and tactics to fire attack within the profession based on research findings.
Cheryl Hunt has been a fulltime firefighter with Ottawa Fire Service since 2003, due in part to the unwavering guidance and support of her husband Shaun; also a firefighter with the OFS. As the mother of three young children, Cheryl is well versed in balancing work and family life, and is whole heartedly dedicated to both.
She is a Water Rescue Technician, and is certified in swift water rescue, ice rescue and boat based rescue. Cheryl is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and is currently teaching the program to the members of the Ottawa Fire Service.
Cheryl is also an instructor for the From Knowledge to Practice, which is a modern fire dynamics program initiative, currently under development by the Ottawa Fire Service under the direction of Chief Peter McBride. This program consists of Scientists and Firefighters coming together from all over the world to unite the best practices of firefighting tactics into one curriculum. Cheryl is truly excited to have the opportunity to bring SLICE-RS to the FSWO Conference.
Communications - Size it up. Saying what you See
Sounds simple and easily accomplished but the fundamentals are often left to the user to" learn as they go". In this session you will gain skills and practical training resources to enhance the use of fire ground communications. By combining suppression and dispatch perspectives on the essentials of competent transmissions, participants will achieve renewed proficiency in getting your messages understood.
Additionally, the incident command system and it's application to emergency call taking will also be examined as a technique for improving the ability to relay and prioritize critical information for responding officers.
Practical application of size up from fire ground scene pictures will allow participants to use the skills learned during in session scenario training
Cassandra Greer has been a fire dispatcher for 20 years. Her career started in a small rural dispatch centre that was responsible exclusively for volunteer stations. During this time, she was also hired by a mid size urban dispatch centre that served rural and urban areas and an increased call volume. Eventually, she was hired by the city of Ottawa which to date has 32 urban fire stations and 19 rural stations with an annual average call volume of 25,000 emergency responses and 60,000 additional non emergency calls. Ottawa Fire Services also serves a large geographical area of 2,796 kilometers and two outside municipal agencies. She is serving her third term with the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association as an elected executive board member and currently chairs the Human Relations and Accommodation Committee. Ottawa is a local with 950 members that requires constant advocacy and intervention in her role as chair. In 2012, she was appointed to sit on the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Human Relations Committee and proudly maintains her position there to date.
Cassandra is married to an exceptionally supportive husband Glen and they have two girls who are 9 and 13.
Your Rights! Easier said than Understood
This session will provide fire service workers an overview of how legislation, standards and codes interact to protect you as workers. Unionized and non-unionized environments are often seen to have competing interests, but understanding the obligations of the employer in both situations is the first key to empowering workers. What is an Ontario Human Rights tribunal and when would you file an application with them to have a complaint heard? How does Section 3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act protect me from harassment in the workplace? How are pregnancy leave, maternity leave and parental leave defined and where do I start to determine my entitlement?
We will ensure that you leave with facts and resources that will allow you to face challenges within your work place.
Getting the Most from your Training
This presentation is designed to teach Training Officers, Company Officers and
Firefighters the skill to overcome the many challenges when introducing modern firefighting concepts and skills to fellow firefighters and subordinates. Understanding how you learn and different techniques to engage everyone in the firehouse when you return will ensure knowledge is shared and passed along instead of lost after the session.
Pete Mazza is an 11 year veteran of the Welland Fire and Emergency Services. Pete started his career as a front line firefighter and has since been promoted to positions of Acting Captain and now Training Officer. Pete’s passion and commitment towards obtaining fire service excellence is expressed in his high energy and captivating presentation known as “Getting the Most out of Training”. This presentation is designed to teach Training Officers, Company Officers and Firefighters the skill to overcome the many challenges when introducing modern firefighting concepts and skills to fellow firefighters and subordinates.
Firefighters are occupational athletes who need to be physically conditioned to prevent injuries, salvage property, rescue victims and contribute effectively to their company. FIRESAFECADETS is a ground breaking program meant to simplify and improve firefighter physical and mental health, fitness, and long term wellness with true firefighter specificity. Possibly the first and most comprehensive of its kind, this program helps to keep firefighters safe with a sound mind and body. All the while, addressing many of the concerns that Fire Chiefs and Administrators have regarding firefighter wellness and safety.The goal is to not only assist with entering the fire service but also to consistently succeed within it. There are many technical skills training opportunities available but rarely quality development in the mental and physical ability skills necessary for longevity, work hardening, injury prevention and compliance. Passing a pre employment fitness test is not a plan for success in a 30+ year, physically demanding, life threatening career. Examining the primary work roles of a firefighter and having an understanding of fitness is the only way to teach a truly practical approach to fire ground fitness and wellness.
As the creator of the FIRESAFECADETS program, Sean Kingswell has been employed as a Professional Firefighter for 18 years and is a highly experienced Fitness/Wellness Coach and Personal Trainer. He had his first Personal Trainer certification prior to firefighting employment and has thousands of hours of experience training clients. He has an Honours University Degree as well as certifications in Personal Training, Fitness Nutrition, Speed and Power, Strength Training, Lifestyle Coaching and Heart Rate Performance. He is a Certified Stress Management Coach, Certified Sleep Science Coach and a Certified Sports and Exercise Psychology Coach. He has completed all the ACE Orthopedic Trainer certification courses. He is certified in Biomechanics and Foam Rolling and is specialist trained in Running Injury Prevention, Agility, Balance and Coordination, Functional Training and Postural Analysis. He is certified and experienced in Critical Incident Stress Management and has completed the Speak Out program. In addition, he has completed the CAMH “TEACH” core course in Smoking Cessation as well as many other fitness and firefighter related educational certifications. He is the fitness contributor for a prominent Canadian firefighting publication.
Men of Conscience Standing up Against Sexism
The culture of the fire service still struggles with the legacy of its all-male history. Sexism manifests differently in 2016 than in the 1900s, but the attitudes, behaviors and policies that constitute sexism, interpersonally and institutionally, still discourage, demean, oppress and endanger all women. While men are also hurt by sexism, they still benefit from the sexist attitudes and discrimination against women - even men of conscience.
The overall result: the effectiveness of fire and emergency services is reduced – NOT by women, but by sexism.
This interactive workshop offers men a chance to identify both their responsibilities and their opportunities to work for gender justice in a supportive, yet challenging environment.
jona is the Director of cultural bridges to justice and Chief of Latir Volunteer Fire Department in northern New Mexico, US. She is a member of the International Assn of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Human Relations Committee. jona was named 2012 Volunteer Chief of the Year by Fire Chief Magazine, Pierce Manufacturing and the IAFC. Her passion for justice, plus her experience as college faculty, trade unionist, social justice activist, emergency responder, and Fire and EMS Chief have informed and inspired her presentations to fire service conferences (FRI, IAFF, FBU, i-women, CAFC, Fire Service Women Ontario, VA Equity & Diversity), as well as, many departments and brigades in the U. S., Canada and UK. jona lives in northern New Mexico with her life partner, Jane, and several rescued 4-footed friends.
Women's Work-Confronting Internalized Sexism
This workshop encourages women to examine the harmful impact of a lifetime of sexist messages that can cause competent women to doubt their own judgment, competence and leadership capacity, as well as those of other women.
Self-confidence is a requirement for success in fire / emergency service. While most female responders have overcome many of the sexist comments, behaviors and policies that challenged them on the path to their current positions, their own, internalized sexism may still be holding them back. Participants will confront the internal doubts, their effect on performance, training, promotion, support of other female firefighters and explore ways to overcome those doubts.
Women in Leadership: Closing the Gap
Deputy Chief Deryn Rizzi & Carrie Lovie
Why are there fewer women in leadership positions than expected, even today? While women have achieved much in last few decades, they still hold fewer leadership positions than men in labor unions, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations. This session will describe how to promote and engage women’s leadership in the fire service.
Deryn Rizzi will outline her rise to fire service management, as Deputy Fire Chief. She will discuss personal branding, the required training and mentoring, and finding opportunities for advancement.
Carrie Lovie, will speak about her involvement in the fire service over the past 16 years, as well as her contribution with the fire service association.
Both women will describe how they earned acceptance in the fire service, the challenge of balancing their family life and professional aspirations, while successfully navigating the traditional hierarchical structures within the fire service, which has evolved over their careers.
Deputy Deryn Rizzi has been a member of the Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service for over 15 years, the past three years as Deputy Fire Chief. Deputy Rizzi assumes the leadership responsibility for the VFRS support services portfolio; including training, fire prevention and communications. She led a progressive transition from the OFM curriculum/standards to the NFPA certifications, ensuring the VFRS was the first department in the province to be certified to NFPA 1006, chapter 5 (technical rescue). Her team supports other fire services in the development and roll out of their technical rescue programs. Deputy Rizzi is a fourth year PhD candidate at York University. Her doctoral work supplements a master’s degree in disaster and emergency management from York University and bachelor of education and bachelor of arts degrees from Queen’s University. Deryn has taught at numerous Ontario colleges for pre fire service and emergency management; and at York University for emergency management. She actively promotes fire safety and prevention practices while acting as a visible advocate for both the VFRS and the Fire Service.
Pregnancy in the Fire Service
A look at navigating and addressing current issues and challenges of pregnancy in the fire service. This course is aimed towards those looking to become more educated about the potential hazards, challenges and solutions that come with being pregnant in the fire service.
Michelle is originally from Baltimore, Ontario. She completed the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program at Durham College, before moving to Timmins to complete the Paramedic-Bridging Program at Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology. She became a volunteer firefighter with MountJoy Fire Department while in school. Upon completing the Paramedic program she was hired by Cochrane District EMS and later deployed to Bangladesh with Global Medics Rapid Response Team as an Emergency Patient Care and Emergency Water Supply Technician.
Michelle was then hired by ORNGE as a flight paramedic, working fixed wing and rotor in North Eastern Ontario. She was most recently hired by the City of Timmins as their first fulltime female firefighter and is a Northern College Professor with Emergency Services (Pre-Service Firefighter, Paramedic, Paramedic Bridging and Police Foundations).
Exploring the difficult task when encountering individuals who suffer from compulsive hoarding (the acquisition and failure to discard materials). Why a person may become a hoarder, and what is expected by the fire service when confronted with this mental health challenge.
How to engage other divisions within your department: Often times in Prevention we find ourselves the outsiders of a fire department, but with more departments leaning towards a fire prevention first attitude, how do we engage other divisions, and teach from within. You are encouraged to bring your own success stories to share.
James is a Certified Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Public Fire & Life Safety Educator and Fire and Explosive Investigator. In his 22nd year in the Fire Service James has several roles in the community as well as across the Province of Ontario. James was responsible for forming the Hoarding Task Force in the City of London, and now instructs across the Province on the topic of Compulsive Hoarding. James instructs on the legislative aspects of Compulsive Hoarding as it applies to the Residential Tenancies Act, and Fire Protection and Prevention Act as well as clean-up strategies and risks. Through his work he can and has been designated as an expert witness in court. With a busy public lecture series, James finds himself in many communities and speaking with several different types of groups and individuals. Further, James has consulted for many communities across Canada and the United States, as well as internationally. James has brought the issues surrounding Compulsive Hoarding to the attention of the decisions makers and politicians all the way to the Federal Level, and works closely stakeholders on the next evolution in Compulsive Hoarding. Along with Compulsive Hoarding, James is leading a new initiative to bring training to the Fire Service across the Province on techniques and strategies when working with persons with psychosocial disabilities. James also works closely with law enforcement in the areas of Drug Enforcement, and the dismantling of illegal marihuana grow operations and methamphetamine labs, Guns and Gangs unit and recently with the Provincial Biker Enforcement Task Force. James also acts as a consultant to various private agencies that require help during fire/explosion investigations.