Fire Service Women Ontario Conference

Fire Service Women Ontario Conference 2017 and Annual General Meeting “A Fire Service for Everyone”

November 3-5, 2017 London Fire Training Complex & Best Western Lamplighter Inn

 
The Board of Fire Service Women Ontario invites you to our 2017 Conference and AGM,
"A Fire Service for Everyone" November 3 to 5, 2017, in partnership with the London Fire Department.
 
This year's conference is sure to impress! We have some valuable courses lined up, taught by amazing instructors, including:
 
  • A two-day program led by Aaron Fields and The Nozzle Forward - This year, Aaron will be providing an advance Nozzle Forward course on Saturday, for those who want to further enhance their skills and abilities.  
  • Truck Operations:  Search & Rescue, Ventilation and Communications with FDNY Firefighters.
  • Classroom sessions including focusing on inclusivity, diversity, fire investigations, fire dynamics,  arson forensic profiling, code enforcement, firefighter detox, succession development and more.

View our full agenda and speaker bios/overviews for more details.

Registration for the Fire Service Women Ontario Conference and AGM is $350 for members and $450 for non-members, $250 for students and $250 for one day (Friday only).  
 
Your registration fee covers:
 
  • Selected HOT Courses and Professional Development Workshops
  • Keynote presentation on Friday.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments on Friday and Saturday. 
  • Reception/Opening Ceremonies on Friday evening.
  • Cocktail Reception and Dinner with a Silent Auction on Saturday evening
  • Annual General Meeting
  • A one-day option is also available.

Become a Member today and save on registration. 

 

 

Fire Service Women Ontario

About Us

Fire Service Women Ontario (FSWO) was created in 2009 (incorporated in 2011) as a Not for Profit organization to originally accomplish one goal – to operate an apprentice program for young women between the ages of 15 and 19. The program links young women with men and women in the Fire Service, Professional Associations and Educational Institutions and is aptly named Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters In Training).
With the overwhelming success of this award winning program, and the demand for this type of offering across Ontario, more apprentice programs were adopted. Through the Provincially funded School-College-Work initiative, Girls in Gear at Lambton College and Women in Uniform at Algonquin College were created and supported, in part, by FSWO board members.
As a member driven organization, FSWO depends on guidance directly from its membership and fire service partners to determine the needs of women in the fire services across Ontario. Much of this correspondence is done directly at the Annual Conference and General Meeting held in November, annually. The conference is currently the main focus of this organization, as we grow, offering HOT (Hands On Training) Classes, Educational Sessions and Networking opportunities. 
To learn more about us visit www.fswo.ca

 

Fire Service Women Ontario Conference 2017 and AGM 

“A Fire Service for Everyone” Conference Location

Conference Training Facility:
London Fire Department Training Complex
746 Wellington Road
London, ON N6C 4R2

 
The London Fire Department Training Complex includes a four-storey fire training tower, a two-storey smoke house and a classroom. This complex offers a wide variety of training scenarios including; vehicle extrication, hazardous materials, defibrillator operations, CPR, emergency medical response, first aid, ice and water rescue, technical rescue and command procedures, as well as the latest firefighting techniques. This complex also hosts Camp FFIT London.
 
 
 

Fire Service Women Ontario Conference 2017 and AGM 

“A Fire Service for Everyone” Hotel Info & Accommodations

Conference Hotel:
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre
591 Wellington Road
London, ON N6C 4R3

www.lamplighterinn.ca


Hotel Front Desk: 519-681-7151
Hotel Toll Free: 1-888-232-6747
Room Rate:  Start at $129.00
 
To book a room, registrants MUST call the hotel to ensure to get the discounted rate.
 
The Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre is centrally located on Wellington Road just 4 km from London’s downtown core and 4 km from the 401. With shopping, restaurants, and hospitals close by, the Lamplighter Inn is a London hotel that makes getting to where you want to go in town that much easier.
 
 
Hotel features include:
 
  • The Atrium Oasis - Live palm trees and lush gardens, A retractable glass roof shelters this tropical paradise from rain, sleet, or snow year round. Abundant gardens line walkways, while gentle streams lead to tranquil Koi fish ponds and waterfalls throughout. This paradise also houses a lighthouse atop a simulated rock mountain that has a thundering 140’ waterslide located within.
  •  All rooms and suites are professionally decorated with either King or Queen beds, many have either single or double Jacuzzis, and some have fireplaces, FREE local calls, 800 calls, long distance service charge calls, Cable satellite television, In-room movies.

Fire Service Women Ontario Conference 2017 and AGM 

“A Fire Service for Everyone” 2017 Conference Agenda

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 32017
Time
HOT CLASSES:
London Fire Training Grounds
IN CLASS SESSIONS: 
Lamplighter Hotel
8:00
Nozzle Forward
Intro Course
Group A (max 25)
FDNY
Truck/Ladder
Company Operations (max 25) - PROGRAM FULL!
Transitional Fire Attack
Steve Beasley
(max 15) - Program Full!
Fire Hall Fitness and Nutrition
Amber Bowman
Fire Investigations with
Mazen Habash & Cheryl Busch
10:00
Door Control
Steve Beasley
(max 15) - PROGRAM FULL
Building a case for an Inclusive and Diverse Fire Service with
jona olsson
12:00
Lunch
13:00
Nozzle Forward
Intro Course
Group A (max 25)
FDNY
Truck/Ladder
Company Operations (max 25)
Heavy Rigs and Bus Auto
Extrication
Kevin Austin
(max 15)
Program Full!
Social Identity and Integration in Gendered Workspaces with
Anna Schermerhorn-Collins
Code Enforcement with
OFMEM
Tawnya Roberts
15:00
Camp FFIT 101
Sue Jones
Arson Forensic
Profiling with Wayne Genner
18:00
Cocktails
18:30
Opening Ceremonies & Dinner (Dress Uniform or Business Attire)
20:00
Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Ross Tustin
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 42017
Time
HOT CLASSES: 
London Fire Training Grounds
IN CLASS SESSIONS:
Lamplighter Hotel
8:00
Nozzle Forward
Intro Course
Group A (max 25)
Nozzle
Forward
Advance Course
Group B (max 25)
Taking Command -
Virtual Reality
Simulation
Ken West
Fire Dynamics
with FKTP
Part 1
Firefighter
Detox
Dr. Jillian
Bevan
Confronting the Last Taboo
jona olsson
10:00
The Error Chain
Steve Beasley
WSIB
Occupational
Illness
Chris Bruinink
Going for the
Promotion- Chief Deryn Rizzi
12:00
Lunch
13:00
Nozzle Forward
Intro Course
Group A (max 25)
Nozzle
Forward
Advance Course
Group B (max 25)
Getting Hired - The
Hiring Panels
Perspective
Chief Rizzi
Fire Dynamics
with FKTP
Part 2
Firefighter
Detox
Dr. Jillian
Bevan
Building a Peer Support/CISM Team
Simon Dearing
15:00
When I doubt
Myself with jona olsson (for women only)
WSIB
Occupational
Illness
Chris Bruinink
Fit for Duty
Amber Bowman
17:30
Cocktails
19:00
Dinner
20:00 to 22:00
Silent Auction

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2017
Time Session
7:30 Breakfast
8:00-10:30 AGM


Event Registration

Registration will take place in the lobby of the Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre during the following dates & times:
  • November 2 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • November 3 - 7:00am to 8:00am
  • November 4 - 7:00am to 8:00am

Fire Service Women Ontario Conference 2017 and AGM 

“A Fire Service for Everyone”  HOT Course Descriptions, Professional Development Workshops and Presenters

Please Note: SCBA and Bunker gear are required for all HOT Classes
 

HOT Courses

 
FDNY Ladder Company Operations
Instructed by: Matt Zimpfer, Matt Paglione, Andrew Lanane & G. Howard Blythe
 
This 8-hour hands-on training session will reinforce the mental and tactical skills necessary for efficiently and effectively executing the tasks required to meet the operational objectives of a ladder company. Mastering these skills will help contribute to the participants’ muscle-memory and establish a starting point for elevating the overall tempo of fire-ground operations.  This training session will focus on four primary ladder company tactics: forcible entry, ventilation, building search and portable ground ladders. Each station will work to build and refresh the basic skills each participant already possesses. These skill-building exercises are centered on establishing the necessary discipline for effective fire-ground operations.  Each station will build the participants technical proficiency while giving them a more holistic view of how each tactic fits into the overall operational environment.  This comprehensive approach creates more well-rounded operators who have a firm grasp on the importance of discipline on the fire ground.
 
Matthew Zimpfer was born and raised in Hellertown Pennsylvania and graduated high school in 1994. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy for 2 years. Matthew enrolled in paramedic training school at St Josephs' Hospital Paramedic Institute in Lancaster, PA and worked for the City of Allentown as a paramedic. He also served as a police officer with Lower Saucon Police Department after graduating from the Allentown Police Academy before pursuing a career as a firefighter.
 
Matthew was sworn in with the FDNY in 2002 and was assigned to 27 Truck in the Bronx. Matthew has been a HOT instructor at the FDIC in Indianapolis for 6 years where he assisted in ladder company positioning and operations before serving as lead instructor for a tactical strength and conditioning class.
 
Matthew Paglione started his fire service journey in 1994 as a junior firefighter with the Hightstown Engine Company in NJ. While earning his Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science at Colorado Mountain College he worked as a student resident firefighter with the Eagle River Fire Protection District in Avon CO. In 2001 he returned east to working per-diem firefighter/EMT with the Robbinsville Fire Department.
 
In August of 2001 Matthew began his tenure at the FDNY as an EMT. He was sworn in as a New York City firefighter in 2003 and is currently assigned to 27 Truck in the Bronx.
He recently attained his FSI-1 and works as for On Scene Training Associates.
 
G. Howard Blythe currently serves as a firefighter in the FDNY. Currently assigned to Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx, Firefighter Blythe is an eighteen-year veteran of the FDNY. Previous assignments include Ladder Company 15 and Ladder Company 113. A graduate of John Jay College in New York and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Blythe holds a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters of Science degree.
 
Blythe is a nationally certified Fire Instructor III and Fire Officer IV. He is an adjunct Instructor for the State of Connecticut Fire Academy, where he is the aerial program coordinator. G. Howard Blythe is also a faculty member at the University of New Haven, where he serves as an adjunct professor in the Fire Science Department. In addition, Blythe has been published in trade journals and has worked as a technical advisor for several training films.
 
Andrew Lanane has been active in the fire service for 14 years. He started in the Slate Hill Fire Department of Orange County, New York in 2004. In Slate Hill he served as a Lieutenant and also earned an Associate of Applied Science in fire protection technology from Rockland Community College. Andrew has been working for the FDNY since 2015 where he is assigned to Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx. He also holds New York State certifications in Firefighter 1 and 2 and is also a nationally certified fire instructor.

Nozzle Forward
Instructed by:  Aaron Fields 
 
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. It is adapted from a variety of sources, but is based on simple principles that maximize mechanical advantage.  
 
This class answers the “whats” and the “whys” 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. For more information please visit our website – nozzleforward.com
 
Nozzle Forward Advanced
Instructed by:  Aaron Fields 
 
This 8-hour session is designed for those who have previously taken the Nozzle Forward program and would like to further sharpen and develop their skills with Aaron and his team. The session will be focused on skill drills to advance you to the next level. It is a prime opportunity to review, refresh and expand your Nozzle Forward techniques.
 
Aaron Fields is a firefighter for the City of Seattle and the founder of the Nozzle Forward program. Aaron developed the skills shared in Nozzle Forward in an unrelenting  ursuit of all things engine. The skills are adapted from many sources, but reconstructed around simple principles that maximize mechanical advantage. 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, working in the neighborhood he grew up in.

Professional Development Courses

 
An Intro to Fire Dynamics
Presented by:  Cheryl Hunt, Scott Brown, and Louise Hine-Schmidt
 
Participants will spend the morning of this full day program in the classroom discussing scientific fire behaviour for our modern fire environment and how this translates into firefighting tactics.  Various concepts including: temperature vs. heat energy, heat transfer principles, HRR (heat release rate), burning regime, and flow path will be introduced.  Rapid fire developments such as: flashover, backdraft and smoke explosions will also be discussed in terms of the risk mitigation tactics that can help firefighters identify signs of, and prevent rapid fire developments from occurring.
 
The afternoon session will consist of live fire demonstrations in small props to emphasize and create visual context to the scientific concepts and basic fire tactics discussed in the classroom.  PPE is not required for this session.
 
Cheryl Hunt has been a full time firefighter with the Ottawa Fire Service since 2003, alongside her husband Shaun who is 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, 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 has also recently achieved a diploma in municipal management through AMCTO (Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario), offered by the City of Ottawa as part of a succession planning initiative.
 
Cheryl's most recent and most passionate undertaking is instructing for From Knowledge to Practice, a fire dynamics program currently under development by the Ottawa Fire Service. In this program, scientists and firefighters from around the world have come together to unite the best practices of firefighting tactics and scientific fire behaviour into one curriculum. Cheryl is excited to work alongside friends and colleagues Scott Brown (Instructor for Lambton College) and Louise Hine-Schmidt (Ottawa Fire Service and President of FSWO), to introduce the basic principles and concepts of Enclosure Fire Dynamics for our modern fire environment.
 
Scott Brown is a Professor of Fire Science at Lambton College in Sarnia, as well as a member of the St. Clair Township Fire Department. He has been with the department for 15 years, holding the rank of Training Officer since 2009. Scott has a Bachelor's degree in Communications and a diploma in Fire Science Technology and was recently invited to participate in the national "From Knowledge To Practice" symposium hosted by the Ottawa Fire Services. He lives with his wife and two children in Corunna, Ontario.
 
Louise Hine-Schmidt has been a firefighter with the Ottawa Fire Services for 18 years; she was hired as one of the first three female firefighters in the City of Ottawa. Currently she is an acting lieutenant and hopes to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the next few years. She is trained as a fire dynamic instructor, peer support team member, technician in rope rescue, confined space, elevator rescue, extrication. She was the editor of the OFS Rope Rescue Manual. Louise sits on the Ottawa Fire Local 162 Human Relations and Accommodations Committee.  Louise is one of the three founders of Fire Service Women Ontario and Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training). Both FSWO and Camp FFIT are a source of great pride for Louise as she promotes her love of the job of firefighting to other women who may not have considered firefighting as a career.

Louise has an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education and has recently graduated with a Executive Municipal Managers Diploma through University of Western Ontario and Seneca College.

Arson Forensic Profiling
Presented by: Wayne Genner
 
This 2-hour session will review the role of the police regarding arson investigation as well as explore the Memorandum of Understanding. The session will then review various arson cases, allowing participants to interact and sharpen their skills, further preparing them if they should encounter an arson investigation in their community.
 
Wayne Genders is a 33-year veteran of the Niagara Regional Police Service with a Police Studies diploma from McMaster University. Wayne’s various assignments have included motorcycle and uniform patrol, criminal investigations and the police tactical team. Currently, Wayne is a detective sergeant and crisis negotiator with the Central Region Detective Office in Welland. His duties involve the investigation of fire scenes
including arson investigation.

Building a Case for an Inclusive Fire Service
Presented by: Jona Olsson 
 
Leadership is key to successfully shifting the current view of cultural diversity from a problem to be managed, to “valued-added” in all arenas of emergency service. The responsiveness and productivity of our organizations and the quality of our customer service will benefit from a diverse workforce. This is an interactive session that will touch on all forms of diversity, visible and non-visible.  Small groups will work together to identify the benefits of an inclusive and diverse department as they relate to aspects of the fire service including recruitment, health and safety, operations and retention.  For example: how does being diverse/inclusive benefit recruiting efforts?  This class will also identify the negative results of not being inclusive and diverse.  This class is targeted toward officers and chief officers but it will benefit anyone who participates.
 
Confronting the Last Taboo - Homophobia and Transphobia in Emergency Services
Presented by: Jona Olsson 
 
Why are so many firefighters - who will enter a burning building - afraid to even talk about homophobia? Unchallenged homophobia can be used to discredit all women in the fire service and discourage male responders from showing compassion or dealing with their emotions. Transphobia also challenges fire service leaders, from bathroom facilities to the kitchen table, from preferred pronouns to policies. How can we confront these prejudices, or even begin the conversation about sexual orientation and gender identity in our company and in our department?
 
This interactive session offers information and concepts to break open the taboo on these issues, to decipher the “alphabet soup” (LGBTQQI), and to break down some of the common myths and stereotypes about LGBT people to attendees of any rank or role. Language, tools and skills to challenge this form of bigotry will be offered.
 
When I Doubt Myself and Other Women - Challenging Internalized Sexism for Women in Emergency Service  (Women only session) 
Presented by: Jona Olsson 
 
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 and 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.
 
Jona Olsson 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 Association 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 experiences 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 in the United States, Canada and UK. Jona lives in northern New Mexico with her life partner, Jane, and several rescued 4-footed friends.

Camp FFIT
Presented by: Sue Jones
 
In this session, we will discuss the mission and vision of Camp FFIT as well as how to undertake the necessary steps to organize a camp. It includes discussion on preparing a proposal and business plan to present and seek approvals from your chief and municipal council.  The session is intended to provide conference attendants who have an interest in enhancing their recruitment program to promote women into the fire service with different ideas on how a camp can achieve that objective.  Camp FFIT directors from across Ontario will form a panel outlining their challenges and successes and provide different ideas on how to keep improving the camp experience. 
 

Sue Jones has been with Ottawa Fire Services for 11 years with eight years as a career suppression firefighter before becoming a fire inspector and public educator. Sue served three years as a shop steward with the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters’ Association and currently serves as an Advisory Council member with St. Lawrence College Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program.

Sue has had many rewarding experiences throughout her career and knows the importance of giving back to the fire service and community that has given her so much. Sue’s proudest career accomplishment is in directing Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) and co-founding Fire Service Women Ontario (FSWO), the first organization to advocate for women in the fire service in Canada. She served as a board member of FSWO for 7 years. Sue also has been a volunteer with the Quest for a Cure Adventure Race, a boxer with the Canadian Emergency Services Boxing Association, and a member of the Women of Emergency and Protective Services Habitat for Humanity Ottawa building team. Sue’s passion in improving fire services across Canada sees her volunteering her knowledge, time and skill set in helping others establish their own Camp programs, and mentoring fire service candidates in their pursuit of employment.

Sue is proud to have been the first recipient of the FSWO President’s Trailblazer Award for her innovative leadership and contribution to the fire service.

Code Enforcement
Presented by: Tawyna Roberts
  
This class will provide an introduction to legislative enforcement powers and mitigation strategies that can be utilized to address serious fire and life safety issues. Participants will gain an understanding of how building inspections – of construction, use and maintenance - can have significant impact on fire ground operations and pre planning activities. The class will also review how inspections can support building closure processes and/or “immediate threat to life” situations. 
 

Tawnya Roberts is a program specialist with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Inspection and Enforcement Unit. She joined Lanark Highlands Fire Service in 1999 as a volunteer firefighter and served as a District Fire Chief from 2002-2009 before joining the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

A strong advocate of the power of fire prevention, for over 15 years she has provided dynamic leadership in shaping fire safety standard enforcement across Ontario. She does this by developing and delivering educational seminars and mitigation strategies to support fire service leaders in utilizing their extensive legislative powers to save lives.
 

Door Control
Presented by: Steve Beasley
 
With the recognition that “smoke is fuel” and that smoke has “trigger points,” the need for door control has never been greater. This coupled with a greater understanding of “flow paths” means that controlling the door during interior firefighting operations is a skill that all should develop.  This session will show how to control the door and still make good access to the interior by showing the best way to deploy the initial hand lines, and the correct methods for controlling the door.
 
The Error Chain
Presented by: Steve Beasley
 
This presentation was developed by District Chief Fred McKay for Toronto Fire Services and is important for all levels of the fire service. This presentation suggest that we cannot take the attitude of “don’t sweat the small stuff” in the fire service. We will discuss the need to pay attention to the details on a daily basis because as the small details are missed the “error chain” becomes longer and the chance for injury or worse becomes greater. We also discuss the operational, human and environmental factors that have an effect on the error chain so that we can be better prepared. We must all understand the error chain for if we do not we may find ourselves in trouble.
 
Transitional Attack 
Presented by: Steve Beasley
 
For many years there has been concerns with “pushing fire” which has led to the application of water from the structure interior only. Transitional attack – also called “hitting it hard from the yard” or “softening the target” - shows how the use of the correct fire stream and application technique is possible from the exterior. Using these techniques will re-set the fire and create better conditions on the interior for crews entering the structure and those who may be trapped on the inside.
 

Fit for Duty
Presented by Amber Bowman
 
Fit by Fire is a specific brand of training through Amber's education and personal experience as a female athlete and firefighter. Her approach combines fitness, nutrition and mindset training, guiding you to find the answers you need to be successful while providing training programs based on science and creating results. Amber believes each and every one of us is capable of creating lasting change in our lives and she will help provide the necessary tools and accountability to do so. In addition to her training program, Amber has developed a retreat designed to be a powerful catalyst for change. It focuses on empowering women to take control of their own health and well-being through daily exercise, professional talks, walks and campfires, meal planning and preparation, sharing, bonding and re-connecting with yourself, with nature and with a community of strong, powerful women. Join Amber as she leads you through an empowering session about the mental mindset it takes to be your best both on the fire grounds and in life! 
 
Amber Bowman is a Firefighter for Central York Fire Services and the founder of Fit by Fire.  Amber was the first rookie to be victorious on the World stage in the Scott Fire Combat Challenge, as well as the first female to break the 2-minute barrier. She continues to excel in the sport, holding 19 World titles. Her success as an athlete has transferred over to Fit by Fire, the company that she founded to raise funds to cover competition costs. Amber has built Fit by Fire into an inspirational and empowering organization to help other women reach their full potential.

Fire Hall Fitness and Nutrition
Presented by Amber Bowman
 
Fitness and nutrition in the firehouse has been an on-going challenge for many firefighters. The effects of sound nutrition and peak physical performance are undeniable on any fire scene. The movement from “Friday night is pizza night” to cooking balanced meals is appearing in more and more fire halls. Join Amber as she addresses ways to help you and your crew nourish and train your body for peak performance both on and off shift.

Fire Investigations
Presented by: Cheryl Busch and Mazen Habash
 
This interactive session will lead participants through the steps to properly conduct a fire investigation. Focusing on the impact that firefighting efforts have on a fire scene and its investigation, this session will highlight and re-enforce the importance of firefighter activities, observations, witness statements as well as discuss potential interactions a firefighter may have with fire investigators.
 
Cheryl Busch obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Education from Brock University. She was an elementary school phys ed teacher in the Niagara area for 15 years. In 2002, she achieved her dream of joining the fire service, becoming the first professional female firefighter hired in the Niagara Region. She eventually became a fire prevention officer and was promoted to director of fire prevention in 2016.
 
Cheri is a graduate of the OFC Fire Prevention Officer and Public Fire and Life Safety Educator Programs, a certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and former CanFitPro personal fitness trainer and first aid instructor. She is the proud mom of two sons.
 

Mazen Habash is the president of Origin and Cause and specializes in fire investigation, electrical and electronic failures, product liability and alarm system analysis. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, he has performed over 3200 fire, product liability and alarm system investigations.

Mazen is a licensed professional engineer and designated consulting engineer in several provinces, and has been qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal courts across several provinces. He is also certified at two levels by the Canadian Alarm and Security Association as an alarm technician.


Firefighter Detox
Presented by: Dr. Jillian Bevan ND
 
Dr. Jillian Bevan ND will lead a discussion on the importance of detoxification for firefighter health and wellness. You will learn how toxic exposures may be negatively impacting your health, how your body is designed to deal with toxins and what foods, lifestyle and supplement choices you can make to help your body detox more effectively. She will share her tips on how to lessen your exposure to toxins and how to make sustainable changes that will make clean living a part of your daily life.  
 
Dr. Jillian Bevan is a naturopathic doctor at an integrative clinic in Welland, Ontario. She is a health detective, supplement expert, nutrition advisor, lifestyle counsellor and wellness coach. She works with patients to uncover the root causes of their health challenges and offers personalized treatments that support the body’s innate ability to heal.  Her personal journey with celiac disease has fuelled her passion to help others heal and cultivate wellness. It is her mission to empower others with information they can use to live complete, healthy and fulfilling lives. Her passion for preventative medicine and cancer care has led to a strong relationship with her local fire department, where she has led seminars on detoxification and cancer prevention for firefighters.

Getting Hired 
Presented by: Deryn Rizzi
  
Trying to land a job as a firefighter can be a daunting process, considering the stiff competition. Today, fire departments look for well-rounded individuals who not only meet the physical and mental challenges of the job, but are also a good fit in terms of personality and leadership potential. This program will review drafting a resume that will get you noticed, the art of the application, and interview skills. In addition, we will review the courses, certification and other continuing education opportunities which may boost your scores in the application and recruitment process.
 
Going for the Promotion 
Presented by: Deryn Rizzi
 
This presentation is focused on topics that are unique to women in the fire service. It is designed for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current departmental position. The presentation provides knowledge and strategies to succeed in your current position, as well as motivation and inspiration to take your career to the next level. It will provide you the tools and resources while also balancing life along the way. Speaking on women’s leadership, this presentation focuses on helping women lead, climb, and thrive in their fire service careers. If you’re looking to step up your career and you want to lead or lead more powerfully, you need to create and recognize opportunities which will increase your responsibilities and skill sets. 
 
Deputy Deryn Rizzi has been a member of the Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service (VFRS) for over 16 years, the past three years as deputy fire chief. She assumes responsibility for the VFRS support services portfolio, including training, fire prevention and communications. Deputy Rizzi was appointed as an aide-de-camp for Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell in 2016. She is also an elected vice president for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, representing the chief officers from 455 departments in Ontario. She is on the board of directors for the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA), and the Human Relations Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Deryn 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.

Heavy Rig and Bus Auto Extrication
Presented by: Kevin Austin  
 
This 4-hour class will include overview of school bus construction, extrication considerations, challenges, and tool requirements. Hands on training will depend on acquired vehicle(s). Further instruction will include heavy truck operating systems and situations, particularly under-rides involving passenger cars.
 
Kevin Austin has been with the London Fire Department for 29 years and presently holds the rank of Captain and vehicle extrication trainer. He is also a team leader for Red B Platoon technical rescue team, and an alternate critical incident stress management team leader.  He is a strong proponent of women and diversity in the fire service. Married with 3 children, his hobbies include animal rescue, building stone walls, and helping in the community particularly through victim services.

Social Identity and Integration in Gendered Workspaces
Presented by: Anna Schermerhorn-Collins 
 
Many career fire departments in the United States and Canada are struggling to promote greater workplace diversity. The successful recruitment and retention of women in the fire service remains particularly elusive. The challenges to gender integration are rooted in both organizational and societal constructs. Analytical cultural markers including limited good, in-group/out group, honour and shame, patron-client relationships, and challenge/response are often exhibited in resource-constrained environments. These markers are particularly evident in groups that maintain a strong sense of social identity (Brannan and Strindberg, 2014). I propose that gendered workspaces such as firefighting and nursing exhibit many of the analytical markers found in resource-constrained environments.
 
This session will rely on small group work and class participation to discuss how these analytical markers may be used to describe fire service culture. Once a framework for fire service culture has been defined, the discussion will turn to how women maneuver this space – in terms of both successes and challenges – to identify means for facilitating better integration of the workforce. 
 

Anna Schermerhorn-Collins is a lieutenant in the FDNY. With 21 years of service, she has the most service time of any active woman in the FDNY. Anna has been with the FDNY since 1996; she was a firefighter for nine years prior to being promoted to lieutenant in 2005. As a fire lieutenant, Anna is responsible for responding to routine and emergency calls, proper size-up of fire and emergency situations, supervision and instruction of firefighting personnel, delivering accurate verbal and written reports to company personnel and supervisors, and processing and logging of accurate and detailed incident reports.

Anna has worked with the FDNY health and fitness unit to oversee training programs for women firefighter recruits. She also co-founded Phoenix Firecamp of the Fire Service Women of New York State in 2007, which is held annually at the Utica Fire Training Facility in Utica, New York. Phoenix Firecamp is a weeklong overnight camp designed to introduce young women to skills and opportunities in fire and emergency services. Anna served as director of the camp for seven years from 2007-2013. She was recognized by the Exploring Program of the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life in 2013 for this work. Anna was also honored by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce this same year. Anna is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 1988. In March 2017, Anna graduated from the Center of Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California with a Master of Arts in Security Studies. Her thesis was titled “The Challenges to Gender Integration in Career Fire Services: A Comparative Case Study of Men in Nursing.”

Building a Peer Support / CISM Team

Presented by: Simon Dearing

As we continue to learn more about critical incident stress, vicarious trauma and our ‘normal reactions to abnormal situations’, peer support has never been more important. This session will outline considerations when developing a Peer to Peer Support team, its role, members and purpose. Defining the difference between Debriefing and Defusing will be discussed along with a  mock Defusing/Debrief scenario.

As with most Firefighters, he has seen a lot of good and bad and ups and downs. Simon joined London Fire’s CISM Team in 2015, looking to assist its membership as he recognized the good that comes from this process. London’s CISM Team was started pre 1995 and over the years developed into a very successful model. The team Co coordinator , after 10+ years, was looking to step back and Simon jumped at the chance to do more for his co workers. Simon believes that great members and a good understanding of the Importance of CISM, that makes the task of Team Coordinator a satisfying one.

WSIB Occupational Illness
Presented by: Chris Bruinink
 
Fire Fighters may, throughout the course of their duties, be exposed to a combination of hazardous situations. Fire departments have attempted to minimize these risks where possible through the use of PPE, education and training, and the use of policies and procedures.
 
During this session Chris Bruinink will present and discuss the importance of a Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program so that you and your doctor can closely monitor the effect your career has on your health. The Ontario Professional Firefighters Association will also be present to discuss proper exposure documentation and the common mistakes made.
 
Chris Bruinink started his career in August 1997 as a volunteer fire fighter in the township of St. Joseph, just east of Sault Ste. Marie. He joined the Toronto Fire Service in November 1999 and then the London Fire Department in January 2001 where he is currently a firefighter apparatus operator. He has been an active member of the LFD Joint Health and Safety Committee since 2002 and in 2009 he became the co-chair of the committee.