FireCon 2018, September 6-9, 2018

Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario

 

Course Update

Program C - NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) - COURSE IS FULL
Program G - Big Rig Extrication - COURSE IS FULL
Program E - Fire Attack/Live Fire Attack - COURSE IS FULL
Program F - Rapid Auto Extrication - COURSE IS FULL
Program H - NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level 1 Blended - COURSE IS FULL
Program N - NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer - COURSE IS FULL
 

About FireCon

For the past 25 years, Emergency North Training(ENT), staffed by volunteers, has developed critical regional training for firefighters and emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories and First Nations in northwestern Ontario.  The main training forum held each September is known as FireCon. 
 
Municipal budgets in the northwest continue to be under significant pressure to reduce costs and spending.  With that said, the courses offered at FireCon, on a per-student basis, are likely the best opportunity for your first responders to receive affordable training at a recognized standard.  As such, Emergency North Training prides itself in delivering training that is affordable, accessible and attainable.  Training delivered at FireCon adheres to the standards that are acceptable to the OFMEM and the Ministry of Labour. 
 
Collaboration and partnerships with the OFMEM, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the OAFC and many corporate sponsors ensure that our objective to provide regional emergency training, and in particular, the staging of the annual FireCon event, remain possible.
 
FireCon is more than just training.  It is the rendezvous for the fire service in the north.  We hold a supplier trade show where attendees can gather information from company experts on new equipment, technology and services.  On Saturday, we host our annual banquet, which provides an opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal and entertainment, while networking with colleagues.
 
This year's event will be held at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre from September 6-9, 2018.  This year, we will be offering 4 NFPA certification courses, and all other programs are trained to the applicable standard. Nowhere will you find this level of training at such a low cost.  Included in the registration fee is your course, networking, lunch and refreshments, trade show access and the Saturday evening banquet, which includes a delicious meal and entertainment.
 
Visit our 2018 Courses page to view all programs being offered at FireCon 2018.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own accommodations.  This information can be found on the Host Hotel and Accommodations pageWe encourage everyone attending the event and in the fire service in northwestern Ontario to visit the Trade Show and see all the new products and services available in the fire service.  The Trade Show exhibitors continue to be a significant contributor to FireCon.  Our Board and planning committee are grateful for their support.  Visit the Trade Show page for more information.


Programs fill up fast.  Register early and avoid disappointment. 

 

Read about FireCon History

 

FireCon 2018 Registration Information & Rates
 
Emergency North Training (ENT) is an incorporated, non-profit organization whose mission is to offer valuable training at an affordable price.  The ENT Board of Directors recognizes that muncipalities in northwestern Ontario are consistently under funding pressures. The Board is committed to re-investing any profits made from the event into the program the following year. 
 
Over the years, the Board has subsidized the registration rate, unbeknownst to our delegates. Registration rate increases have been minimal, even though costs to run our programs increase every year. To better reflect the value of FireCon, the Board has decided to show you the actual conference fee, as well as showing the subsidy we provide every year by offering a discount on each registration. 
 
The registration form will now show a "2018 ENT 2-DAY PROGRAM DISCOUNT ($20) and a "2018 ENT 3-DAY PROGRAM DISCOUNT ($30)" - depending on whether you choose a 2 or 3-day program.  
 

The ENT Board works tirelessly each year to keep costs down in an ever increasing market.  Thanks to the success of FireCon 2017 and our supporters, we can continue to offer a discount and will continue to do so upon continued success of this event. 

Each registration package includes trade show access, networking, lunch, refreshments and a ticket to the annual banquet on Saturday evening.  
 
2-day courses are $295, less the ENT $20 discount ($275 + HST) and 3-day courses are $330, less the $30 ENT discount ($300 + HST).  Delegates are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Attendees are required to check in at registration to pick up their registration package. Banquet tickets can be purchased for $50 plus HST.
 
For questions about FireCon 2018 courses, please contact us at 905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651 or by email to info@firecon.ca
 

2018 Emergency North Training Board of Directors

President
Chief
Warren Brinkman
Longbow Lake

 
Vice President 
Chief
John Hay
Thunder Bay
 
Secretary
Chief
Joshua Colling
Rainy District, Alberton,
Chapple, Emo & La Vallee
Treasurer
Firefighter
Kitrina Jacobson
Atikokan
 
Director
Chief
Walter Scarrow
Red Lake
Director
Chief
Todd Skene
Kenora
Director
Firefighter
Wendy Ligate
Neebing
 
 
 

FireCon 2018 Courses
 
Please note that times/locations are subject to change.  Ensure you keep informed by providing us with your email address so you can receive the most up-to-date communications.
 
The following agenda provides an overview of the schedule at-a-glance, including associated events taking place during the event.  The full program list is below.
DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
Thursday, September 6
08:00-1500
3-day courses begin
Various locations
08:00-12:30
OFC Northwest Training Meeting
Regency A
13:00-16:00
Fire Coordinators Meeting (tentative)
Regency A
15:30-16:30
OAFC PAC Meeting - Areas 9 & 10
Regency A
17:00-21:00
Trade Show & Opening Ceremonies
Hospitality Meet & Greet
Embassy/Regency B&C
Friday, September 7
08:00-15:00
2-day courses begin
Various locations
12:00-21:00
Suppliers Trade Show
Embassy/Regency B&C
17:00
Vendor Networking 
Cash bar, complimentary appetizers
Embassy/Regency B&C
Saturday,
September 8
TBA
Annual General Meeting 
Emergency North Training
TBA
18:00
Reception, Dinner & Entertainment
(Extra tickets available)
Embassy/Regency B&C

Program A - SCBA, PPE and Safety for the New Firefighter
Dates: September 7 & 8, 2018, 2-day course
Location: Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Time: 0830-1630
Max:  20  Min:  10
 
This course focuses on firefighter safety including,
 
  • The importance of wearing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) in hazardous atmospheres.
  • The limitations of their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and SCBA in high heat and smoke filled atmospheres.
  • The importance of decontamination in today’s firefighting.
Students will learn about the importance of properly wearing their PPE and SCBA on the fire ground, the importance of limiting themselves to the exposure of the many toxins found in today’s firefighting environment, and how to limit exposure - through proper use and decontamination of PPE and SCBA - on the fire ground and back at the station. 
 
The course will focus on the fundamentals of the inspection, maintenance, operation and proper donning and doffing procedures for PPE and SCBA.  Considerable time will be spent on the proper donning and doffing of PPE and SCBA, and students will work towards the proper donning of their SCBA in 90 seconds.  In addition, students will learn about proper breathing and air management techniques.
 
Time will be divided between classroom theory and considerable hands-on training with your own PPE and department SCBA.  Instructors will work closely on an individual basis to ensure each student is competent with their equipment.   
 
During the second day, students will be partnered with the Search and Rescue course where they wear their PPE and SCBA, learn basic search and rescue techniques and most importantly become proficient in the use of their equipment.
 
At the end of the course, each student will be signed off by the instructors on the applicable NFPA 1001 skills sheets and will have their own NFPA training book and training records to take home.  
 
Student PPE Requirements:  Students are to bring full turnout gear, helmet, boots, gloves and balaclava that is to the current NFPA 1971 standard and full serviceable SCBA, mask and, if possible, a spare cylinder.  Cylinders must be marked with fire department information so that they can be easily identified.  FIT Testing on SCBA Masks: All participants are required to provide proof of FIT testing from their fire chief (letter confirming FIT must be within on calendar year).
 
Student pre-requisites: None.
 
Training Program or Standard:  NFPA 1001 – 2013, 5.1.2, Personal Protective Equipment
Skill Sheet 7 to 13, and 16.

Program B – Search & Rescue
Dates:  September 7 & 8, 2018, 2-day course
Times:  0830-1630
Location:  Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Max:  24   Min:  12
 
This 2-day program is for all levels of fire service personnel. The course covers personal protective equipment (PPE), and search and rescue in a controlled environment, with advancement and exposure to controlled smoke and fire conditions. 
 
The importance of information gathering is highlighted, including the use of pre-plans to determine likely victim location.  Search patterns, victim stabilization and removal, safety, hazard recognition and inter-agency co-operation are emphasized. 
 
Students will perform fire ground operations by conducting incident size-up, requesting assistance, searching for, rescuing and evacuating individuals, protecting exposures, confining, controlling and extinguishing the fire, salvaging and overhauling the structure and its contents so that lives are protected and property loss and damage to the environment is minimized.
 
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1001
 
Student pre-requisites: None.
 
Student PPE Requirements: Full turnout gear, NFPA 1971 2013 edition or newer. SCBA mask and SCBA cylinders minimum 2 cylinders each. Steel toe shoes for fire ground.  FIT Testing on SCBA Masks: All participants are required to provide proof of FIT testing from their fire chief (letter confirming FIT must be within on calendar year)

Program C - NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) - COURSE IS NOW FULL
Dates:  September 6-8, 2018, 3-day course
Times:  0800-1700
Location:  Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Max:  12   Min:  8
Course #:  NFPA 1002 Pump Ops-18-9 F
 
This course covers the job performance requirements that shall be met under NFPA 1002 Chapter 5, 2014 Edition. Upon successful completion of this course, each student will understand and be able to demonstrate the operation of a fire department pumper from both a static and pressurized source of water.
 
Provincial testing through AS+E with the OFMEM will be available at the conclusion of the course for students wishing to receive certification.
 
Student pre-requisites: NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I or NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I Recruit, and a valid DZ Licence.  Proof of a valid DZ Licence must be presented to the Instructor at the commencement of the class. Students that fail to provide the proper documentation will not be eligible to attend the class.
 
Student PPE Requirements:  Full turnout recommended depending on weather. Helmets, gloves, hard-toe boots and eye protection are mandatory.
 
IMPORTANT Pre-Course Material:  This course includes mandatory reading and online assignments that must be completed prior to the event and that are time sensitive.  As soon as you have registered, you will be required to contact the OFC regarding the pre-course work that is mandatory, and to be setup in the online classroom environment.  Due to limited amount of spots for this course, we will take a waiting list, should we have a cancellation.  Those on the waiting list will be required to do the pre-course work; however, may not get into the course itself. 
 
All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form along with their FireCon registration.
 

Program E - Fire Attack/Live Fire Attack- COURSE IS NOW FULL
Dates:  September 7 & 8, 2018, 2-day course
Times:  0830-1700
Location:  Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Max:  16   Min:  8
 
This 2-day course will address structural and vehicle fire suppression.  There will be in-class theory presentation and discussion prior to skills completion.  There will be proportionally more time spent on skills development.  Skills completion will include live fire suppression as per the JPR’s listed below.
 
Knowledge objectives to be covered:
 
  • Describe the function and responsibilities of command during fire suppression
  • Scene size-up
  • Describe and discuss accountability on the fire ground
  • Describe the objectives of offensive and defensive fire attack
  • Describe the characteristics of hose streams as related to offensive and defensive fire attack
  • Describe the objectives of direct attack and in-direct attack
  • Describe characteristics and tactics of above ground structural fire suppression
    • Construct an Incident Action Plan (IAP)
    • SLICE  RS
    • Transitional attack
  • Explain coordinated ventilation during fire attack
  • Describe the characteristics and tactics of basement fire suppression
  • Describe tactics used to suppress vehicle fires
Training to JPR’s/Skill Sheets:
  • OFMEM Fire Fighter I Skill Sheet # 73 - Vehicle Fire Suppression – JPR 5.3.7
  • OFMEM Fire Fighter I Skill Sheet # 74 – Demonstrate Extinguishing a Class A Fire – JPR 5.3.8
  • OFMEM Fire fighter II  Skill Sheet #12 - Assuming Command and using IMS - JPR 6.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2
  • OFMEM Fire fighter II Skill Sheet # 14 – Demonstrate Coordinating an Interior Attack – JPR 6.3.2
There will be other related skills used during the course (e.g. hose streams, etc.).
 
Everyone must understand that the JPR (skill) sign-offs are for curriculum completion of NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II for training purposes, NOT for certification evaluation sign-offs.
 
Student Pre-requisites: SCBA competence.  Pre-requisites required include competence in full firefighting PPE and SCBA use, building construction knowledge, search and rescue knowledge, fire stream and hose use knowledge, understanding of fire ground safety and ICS. 
 
Pre-study includes Chapter 23 – Fire Suppression Jones and Bartlett fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills OR Chapter 17 Fire Control IFSTA Essentials of Fire Fighting.  This must be completed before the beginning of the course.
 
Training Program or Standard:  NFPA 1001 Firefighter I & II
 
Student PPE Requirements:  SCBA, Firefighting Bunker Gear, Gloves, Balaclava, Boots, Helmet.  FIT Testing on SCBA Masks: All participants are required to provide proof of FIT testing from their fire chief (letter confirming FIT must be within on calendar year).

Program F – Rapid Auto Extrication - COURSE IS NOW FULL
Dates:  September 7 & 8, 2018, 2-day course
Times:  0830-1630
Location:  Cozy’s Towing, 1460 Rosslyn Road, Thunder Bay
Max:  25   Min:  20
 
This 2-day Rapid Extrication Course is designed specifically for those departments that are covering large areas and when time is critical....every second counts!
 
The students will be challenged with many scenarios ---- from moose strikes, to off the road into rock cuts and forest, roll over pin jobs, and head-on impacts with extensive tool time.  The course includes training in the following areas:
 
  • New car technology, including hybrids 
  • Quick stabilization 
  • Rapid extrication 
  • Resources 
  • Lifting bag operations 
  • Truly understanding rescue tool operations and how to maximize their power. 
This must-have program will share all the latest rapid extrication techniques that will help firefighters improve their rescue times and build confidence. 
 
Training Program or Standard:  NFPA 1006 Compliant
 
Student pre-requisites: None.
 
Student PPE Requirements: Full PPE – bunker gear, coveralls with steel toed boots, helmets, gloves, no SCBA required

Program G – Big Rig Extrication - COURSE IS NOW FULL
Dates:  September 7 & 8, 2018, 2-day course
Times:  0830-1630
Location:  Cozy’s Towing, 1460 Rosslyn Road, Thunder Bay
Max:  20   Min:  15
 
This 2-day course is designed for northern departments, specifically the challenges they face with the different types of terrain encountered and using limited resources. Students will be challenged with real-life scenarios involving heavy commercial trucks, trailers and passenger cars.  The following areas will be covered:
 
  • Large truck and trailer anatomy 
  • Advance extrication tactics
  • Stabilization 
  • Hazards
  • Resources
  • High pressure lifting bag lifts
  • Rapid extrication 
  • Patient packaging 
Students will be challenged with multiple scenarios with the clock running. This is a must-have course for those responding to large truck incidents. 
 
Training Program or Standard:  NFPA 1006 Compliant
 
Student pre-requisites: Basic Auto Extrication
 
Student PPE Requirements: Full PPE – bunker gear, coveralls with steel toed boots, helmets and gloves (no SCBA required).

Program H – NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level 1 Blended - COURSE IS NOW FULL
Dates:  September 6, 7 & 8, 2018, 3-day course
Times:  0800-1700
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  12   Min:  8
Course #: NFPA 1041 Instr I Blended-18-1 F
 
This course prepares students to deliver training effectively by analyzing and applying principles of adult education, assessing learner needs, planning lessons, and conducting evaluations. This course builds upon acquired knowledge and skills in adult learning. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of adult education principles in learning situations that involve fire department personnel, external agencies, and the public.
 
Provincial testing through AS+E with the OFMEM will be available at the conclusion of this course for students wishing to receive certification.
 
IMPORTANT Pre-Course Work:  This course includes reading and online assignments that must be completed prior to the event and that are time sensitive.  As soon as you have registered, you will be required to contact the OFC regarding the pre-course work that is required, and to be set up in the online classroom environment.  Due to limited amount of spots for this course, we will take a waiting list should we have a cancellation.  Those on the waiting list will be required to do the pre-course work; however, may not get into the course itself. 
 
All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form, along with their FireCon registration.
 
Student Pre-requisites: None.

Program I – Incident Management System 200 & 250
Dates:  September 6, 7 & 8, 2018, 3-day course
Times:  0830-1630
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  24   Min:  12
 
Please Note:  Those wishing to participate in IMS 250 only, can select this option on the registration page.  You would then only participate on September 7 & 8, 2018.
 
IMS 200:  This course is designed for individuals potentially involved in implementing IMS at simple incidents or during the early phases of a complex incident. Participants will solidify their knowledge of core principles and concepts of Incident Management functions and organizations. This course will provide opportunities to learn how to command a simple incident and will receive an introduction to the incident action plan. Participants will familiarize themselves with incident facilities, resource management and the management of communication. Beneficial for CEMCs, Community Control Group members, municipal staff and partners involved in emergency response.
 
IMS 250:  This course prepares participants to implement IMS (Incident Management System) and perform specific IMS functions, within an EOC (Emergency Operations Centre). Beneficial for CEMCs, Community Control Group members, municipal staff, and partners involved in emergency response.
 
Student Pre-requisites:  Students must have completed IMS 100, and provide a copy of the certificate prior to this course.  In addition, students must provide us with their email address that is used for the IMS portal.  Contact us for more information.  Those students only taking IMS 250 must provide us with a copy of both the IMS 100 & 200 certificates.

Program K – Leadership, Beyond Hoses & Helmets
Sponsored by VFIS
 
Dates:  September 7 & 8, 2018, 2-day course
Times:  0830-1700
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  50   Min:  30
 
Designed and delivered by active fire chief officers from across Canada, Beyond Hoses & Helmets is packed with practical hands-on fire department examples on how to provide leadership, how to recruit and retain firefighters (a critical issue for volunteer fire departments), how to run successful training programs, and how to build community support.
 
The Beyond Hoses and Helmets course focuses on five key areas of fire department operation: leadership, training, recruitment, retention and branding/marketing.  The modules are highly interactive with group assignments and presentations.  Students are left with many ideas and solutions that they can take home and use immediately.  The key areas covered in the course are critical to the operation of any fire department.
 
The course is delivered by two instructors, one from the host province (who understands local legislation and context) and the second fire chief is from another province.  This combination enables us to share best practices from across the country and to challenge the participants to improve their local fire department, in the process, improve public safety in the community.
 
Current and upcoming chief officers will benefit and learn from this program.
 
Chief Vince Mackenzie from Grand-Falls Windsor, NFLD Fire Department, and Chief Mike Vilneff from the Cobourg Fire Department will be the course facilitators.  Bios coming soon.
 
Student Pre-requisites: None.

Program L – NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator Level I
Dates:  September 6, 7 & 8, 2018, 3-day course
Times:  0830-1630
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  20   Min:  10
Course #: NFPA 1035 FLSE 1-18-11 F
 
This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to deliver and coordinate existing fire and life safety education at various levels within a community. In addition to looking at fire behaviour, human behaviour during fire, educational methodology, and basic fire protection systems and devices, this course will cover the following subjects: scheduling of fire and life safety activities; identifying and recognizing opportunities for shared efforts with common fire and life safety goals; recognizing and mitigating potential hazards; and adapting lesson plans to the needs of the audience.
 
Provincial testing through AS+E with the OFMEM will be available at the conclusion of the course for students wishing to receive certification.
 
Student Pre-requisites: None
 
Student Pre-course Work Required:  Students are responsible for accessing and completing all requirements as required for the course in the pre-class package. Course materials are posted on the following OFC website:  http://moodle.contactnorth.ca/course/view.php?id=51
 
Instructions for accessing the files:
 
  • Click the “Log in as a guest” button (below the main log in boxes)
  • Type preclass as your password
  • Click the Fire & Life Safety Educator Courses folder and click the NFPA 1035 Fire & Life Safety Educator I folder to access files for downloading
All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form along with their FireCon registration.

Program M – MNR SP-103 Fire Department Forest Fire Training
Dates:  September 7 & 8, 2018, 2-day course
Times:  0900-1600
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre (25 Side Road on Saturday)
Max:  25   Min:  15
 
Welcome to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services, Firefighter Training Program. As a “modular” training system, specific combinations are identified to develop the right skills and knowledge to allow students to safely and effectively perform a vital role in Ontario’s Fire Management System. The SP103 is designed to provide fire department staff with basic firefighting skills as determined by the OFMEM, the OAFC and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  The SP103 training is now mandatory for any fire department personnel to have prior to attacking any type of wildfires.
 
After taking this training, firefighters will be able to safely and effectively suppress wildland fires. This training will include a classroom and field component. In addition, an Inter-agency response scenario set up for the Saturday, September 8 in the afternoon.
 
Training Program or Standard:  SP-103 Fire department Forest Fire Training
 
Student Pre-requisites: None.
 
Student PPE Requirements:  Fire department safety equipment or safety boots, hard hat and coveralls.

Program N – NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer - COURSE IS NOW FULL
Dates:  September 6, 7 & 8, 2018, 3-day course
Times:  0830-1630
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  20   Min:  12
Course #: NFPA 1521 ISO-18-5 F
 
This 3-day course examines the role of the Incident Safety Officer at any situation requiring emergency response, and will define their operation within the incident command system. The student will be able to evaluate and prioritize risks while using critical thinking to analyze and mitigate hazards. Students will learn to select the most appropriate control measure to maintain effectiveness and enhance firefighter safety.
 
The program will cover the role of the safety officer including the following subjects: safety; regulations and standards; reading buildings; reading smoke; identifying risk; reading and assessing hazardous energy; reading firefighters; triggers and traps; developing a systematic approach to safety; ISO responsibilities at structure; wildland fires; as well as technical and post-incident responsibilities.
 
This training will enable the students to better identify incident action options in a risk-based response. Students will be offered scenario-based training that will enable them to apply what they have learned. This course is designed for responders that are trained to the NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I or higher.
 
This course covers all the requirements of NFPA 1521 - Chapter 5. Provincial testing through AS+E with the OFMEM will be available at the conclusion of the course for students wishing to receive certification.
 
Student Pre-requisites:  NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I
 
Pre-course Work Required:  Students are responsible for accessing and completing all requirements as required for the course in the pre-class package. Course materials are posted on the following OFC website:  http://moodle.contactnorth.ca/course/view.php?id=51
 
Instructions for accessing the files:
 
  • Click the “Log in as a guest” button (below the main log in boxes)
  • Type preclass as your password
  • Click the NFPA 1521 Incident Officer folder to access files for downloading.
All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form, along with their FireCon registration.
 
For questions about FireCon 2018 courses, please contact us at 905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651 or by email to info@firecon.ca
 
 
 
FireCon 2018 Host Hotel & Accommodations
 
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Location: 555 West Arthur Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Tel: 1-800-387-3331
 
The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre offers 15,000 square feet of convention space, specialty suites, an indoor pool, 3 storey high water slide, hot tub, and on-site dining. The Victoria Inn Thunder Bay is ideally located within walking distance of a large (national chain) grocery store, banking facilities, and only minutes away by vehicle from all that Thunder Bay has to offer.
 
Victoria Inn Thunder Bay rooms are furnished to exceed your expectations offering all the comforts of home. Our 110% Clean Guarantee promises, your guest room will be 100% clean or your room is free for the first night of your stay and you will receive a 10% savings on your next stay.
 
182 guest rooms amenities includes pillow-top mattresses, premium bedding with cotton linens and down duvet, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, work desks, 37” LCD televisions with premium cable channels, hair dryers and ironing boards with irons. Microwaves available upon request. As a guest of our hotel, you will also have access to our complimentary wired and wireless internet services. Take advantage of our indoor pool with three-story waterslide, wading pool and hot tub.
 
2018 Room Rates
Standard Room - $140.00
Junior King - $151.00
Poolside - $151.00
Jacuzzi/Family Suite - $185.00
 
Check-in time is 3pm. Check out time is 11am.
 
All reservations must be guaranteed to a major credit card.   The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre will try to honor requests, but they do not guarantee them. This includes room types, room #, rooms all together, floor, early check-ins and late check-outs.
 
Reservation Information
To reserve your room, call (807) 577-8481/toll-free at 1-800-387-3331.  Quote Group ID #580957-FIRECON.  Alternatively, you can fax or email the form below to (807) 475-8961 or frontdeskthunderbay@vicinn.com.
 
 
The room rate expires on August 4, 2018, so book your accommodations right away!
 

Alternative Accommodations

Comfort Inn
Location:  660 W. Arthur St., Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 5R8
Tel: (807) 475-3816 
 
The Comfort Inn® hotel is conveniently located at the junction of highways 11/17 and West Arthur Street 1 km south of the TransCanada Highway, providing easy access to Arthur Street Marketplace, Thunder Bay International Airport, Confederation College and Lakehead University.  Tastefully appointed guest rooms come complete with fridges, microwaves, 32-inch LCD plasma televisions, coffee makers and ironing equipment. Non-smoking and handicap accessible rooms are available. Business-class rooms cater to the needs of corporate travellers with enhanced amenities including a spacious desk with ergonomic executive chair.  Complimentary hot breakfast in our spacious breakfast room, free parking and Complimentary Wi-Fi is also included.  The Comfort Inn is steps from the Victoria Inn. 
 
Check-in:  3pm  Check-out:  11:00am
 
Room Rates: 
 
1 Queen, non-smoking - $118.00
 
Reservation Information
To reserve your room, call (807) 475-3155 and Quote Group ID FireCon.  Please note the room rate expires on August 15, 2018.  
 
 
 
 

FireCon 2018 Trade Show

FireCon is Northwestern Ontario’s leading fire/rescue/EMS conference and trade show.  
 
The trade show has major fire service suppliers in attendance. You can find everything you need within the 40 booths and fire vehicles on display. This is where you can get on-the-spot answers to your questions from company experts.
 
Come to the trade show, connect with exhibitors and take advantage of show specials. 
 

List of Exhibitors from the 2017 show.  2018 is coming soon!

Exhibitor Name Booth #
Sani Gear Fire 1
ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Limited 2
ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Limited 3
ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Limited 4
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. 5
Muscular Dystrophy 6
Darch Fire 7
CRC Communications 8
ResQtech 9
ResQtech 10
TransCanada Pipelines 11
Fire Fighting in Canada/Firehall Bookstore 12
SPI Health & Safety   13
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd. 14
Darch Fire 15
PPE Solutions Inc. 16
Talbot Uniforms 17
Canadian Safety Equipment 18
VFIS 19
Carriere Fire & Safety/ Safetek 20
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. 21
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. 22
Handy Hydrant 23
PPE Solutions Inc. 24
Provident Benefits  25
M & L Supply Fire & Safety 26
M & L Supply Fire & Safety 27
Valley Fire Protection & Services Limited 28
Valley Fire Protection & Services Limited 29
Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. 30
Sea Hawk Specialized Truck Service 31
Impact Promotions/Uniform Pros 32
Dependable Emergency Services 33
Canadian Hearing Society 34
Pro Fleet Care 35
Levitt Safety 36
Levitt Safety 37
Whelan Canada 38
Work Authority 39
Dependable Emergency Services 40
ALG Safety 41
Code 4 Fire & Rescue Inc. 42
Air Technology Solutions 43
Northern 911 44
Canadian Red Cross - Thunder Bay 45
Outdoor Displays Booth #
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. 1
ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Limited 2
Carriere Fire & Safety/ Safetek 3
Dependable Emergency Services 4
Sea Hawk Specialized Truck Service 5
Handy Hydrant 6
Darta Fleet Solutions 7

 
FireCon 2018 Supporters
 
FireCon 2018 would not be possible without the support and contributions of the following organizations.  
 
Thank you to all our 2018 Sponsors! 
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About Emergency North Training

Emergency North Training (ENT) Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated entity with the objective of delivering educational programs and services for members of the public and persons who respond to emergencies in northwestern Ontario. For the past 25 years, ENT, staffed with volunteers, offered critical regional training for firefighters and emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories and First Nations.  The main training forum, held each September, is known as FireCon.

ENT recognizes that municipal budgets in northwestern Ontario are under significant pressure to reduce costs and spending.  With that said, the training offered at FireCon, on a per-student basis, is the best opportunity for your first responders to receive affordable training to a recognized standard. Training delivered at FireCon is to standards that are acceptable to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and the Ministry of Labour.

Without the collaboration and partnerships with the OFMEM, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the OAFC and our many corporate sponsors, Emergency North Training and FireCon would not be possible.

Our training packages include lunch, refreshments and access to our supplier trade show - where attendees have the opportunity to see the latest technology and products available today in the fire service. On Saturday evening, attendees are able to gather at our annual banquet, which provides an opportunity to network with their peers, have a delicious meal and enjoy some light entertainment.

Emergency North Training considers it a privilege to be of service to our membership and the Ontario fire service.  We pride ourselves in delivering training that is affordable, accessible and attainable. FireCon offers a great place to network, exchange ideas and knowledge, meet new people and hear news from afar.

It is the rendezvous for the fire and emergency service in northwestern Ontario!

The Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award

The Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award recognizes individuals and groups who, through their actions, have provided exemplary effort to improve the fire and emergency services in northwestern Ontario.
 
The award is named after the late Charlie Turgeon, who dedicated his time and resources to improving the training level of fire and emergency service members.
 
Nomination Process
 
Who is eligible?
  • The award is given to individuals and groups, such as organizations and associations.
  • Nominees must be involved directly or in a support manner of the fire and emergency services in northwestern Ontario.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Posthumous awards will be considered.
How do I nominate someone?
You can nominate someone by completing and submitting the online form below.  Submitting through the online form is the fastest way to complete your nomination. 
 
 
If you prefer, written nominations (250 words) may be forwarded to Emergency North Training by email, fax, or mail.
 
Each Nomination must include:
  • A completed Nomination signed by the Nominator.
  • A detailed description of the reason(s) why your nominee should receive the award. Content may include; a description of the reason(s) you feel the nominee should receive the award, including history and background, why you think the nominee has shown exemplary service, when the nominee action(s) occurred, and how you know the nominee and are familiar with their activities.
  • Letters of support from other individuals (2) who have direct knowledge of the value and impact of the nominees are encouraged.
  • Contact information including address, telephone and email of the nominee, the nominator, and any supporting individuals are required for follow up during nomination review.
Not more than one award will be made in any one year from the nominations received.
 
When is the Deadline?
Nominations can be made at any time during the year and will be accepted up to end-of-day August 17, 2018.
 
How are recipients selected?
A selection committee (3 members) appointed by the board of Emergency North Training Inc. reviews applications received by the deadline and makes recommendations to the ENT Board regarding the award.
 
When will the award be presented?
The Charlie Turgeon Award will be presented in September during the annual FireCon event.

FireCon 2018 Contacts

The FireCon event and customer service team are available to assist you with any questions you may have.  Below, you will find a detailed list of contacts to help navigate you with your questions.
 
For registration inquiries and general information, please contact:
Laura Aivaliotis, FireCon Registrar
Phone:  905-426-9865 x230 1-800-774-6651 Email:  laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca
 
For questions regarding specific areas of the event including trade show inquiries, hotel accommodations, NFPP information, banquet information, merchandise information or another specific inquiry, please contact:
Maureen Owens, Events & Trade Show Coordinator
Phone:  905-426-9865 x224  1-800-774-6651 Email:  maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca
 
For questions regarding sponsorship and business development opportunities for those wishing to support this valuable training event, please contact: 
Michelle O'Hara, Business Development & Operations Manager
Phone:  905-426-9865 x222  1-800-774-6651 Email:  michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca