FireCon 2017, September 7-10, 2017

Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario

 

PROGRAM UPDATE

  • Program A - Search & Rescue - FULL
  • Program B - Public Education (Whitby/ EG Inquest) - 11 Spots Available
  • Program C - Leadership - Preparedness for Wildfires (MNR) - 35 Spots Available
  • Program D - SCBA and PPE for the New Firefighter - 11 Spots Available
  • Program E - NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level 1 -  ONLY 1 Spot Available
  • Program F - Basic & Advanced Auto Extrication - ONLY 2 Spots Available
  • Program G - Big Rig/Transport Extrication - FULL
  • Program H - Firefighter Survival - FULL
  • Program I - OFMEM/OFC Basic Pumper Ops - ONLY Spot Available
  • Program J - IMS 250 - Incident Management System in the EOC - CANCELLED
  • Program K - Program K - IMS 300 - Intermediate Incident Management System - 7 Spots Available
  • Program L - Building a PTSD Prevention Community of Practice Workshop - CANCELLED
  • Program M - Fire Scene Assessment - ONLY 2 Spots Available
  • Program N - Pumper Maintenance - ONLY 3 Spots Available

NEW SESSION ADDED!  Yoga for First Responders by Leanne Wierzbicki, Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Supported. Protected. Prepared.
 
Yoga for First Responders provides vital emotional ­wellness and mental-resiliency training in academy settings, in­service trainings, and community- based programs.  Yoga for First Responders (YFFR) was created by Olivia Kvitne, a yoga instructor and published journalist who first offered trauma­sensitive yoga and resiliency training to the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department after having worked with veterans and military. YFFR roots itself in the foundation of Trauma­Sensitive Yoga and mindlfulness while adding the element of physical challenges paired with mental training.  
 
Join us on Friday evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  Only $5 per person.  Attendees should should wear comfortable loose clothing and water.  Yoga mat or towel is preferred, but not required.  Please pre-register by sending an email to laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca

 
This year’s event will be held September 7-10, 2017 at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre in Thunder Bay.  Attendees from all levels of the fire service will find a valuable educational experience in all of our program offerings. 
 
FireCon's 1-day programs are $100 plus HST and 2-3 day programs are $275 plus HST. Nowhere will you find this level of training at such a low cost!
 
ABOUT US
 
For the past twenty five years, Emergency North Training, 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. 
 
We recognize that municipal budgets in the northwest are under significant pressure to reduce costs and spending.  With that said, the programs offered at FireCon, on a per student basis, is likely the best opportunity for your first responders to receive affordable training to 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 Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management and the Ministry of Labour. 
 
Collaboration and partnerships with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and many corporate sponsors ensure that our objective to provide regional emergency training and in particular, the staging of the annual FireCon event, remains possible.
 
FireCon is more than just training.  It is the rendezvous of the fire service in the north.  Each year we hold a supplier trade show where attendees can get information from company experts on new equipment, technology and services.  On Saturday, the annual banquet provides an opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal and entertainment while networking with colleagues.
 
Programs fill up fast! Register early and avoid disappointment.
 

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Don't forget to tweet #FireCon17 the official hashtag of FireCon 2017!

 

FireCon 2017 Programs

Each 2-day and 3-day training program is $275 plus HST ($310.75). This includes trade show access, opening ceremonies, networking, lunch (except for Thursday), refreshments and a ticket to the annual banquet on Saturday evening.
 
Thursday's 1-day program is $100 plus HST ($113.00). It includes opening ceremonies and access to the trade show. Lunch will not be provided. Banquet tickets are additional.
 
Saturday's 1-day program is $100 plus HST ($113.00). It includes lunch and Friday trade show access. Banquet tickets are additional.
 
Delegates are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  It is recommended that delegates arrive at the hotel on Thursday, September 7, 2017 to ensure that they can attend the opening ceremonies and trade show. All attendees must check-in at registration prior to attending their program. Banquet tickets can be purchased for $39.82 plus HST ($45.00).
 

Schedule of Associated Events (Does not include programs below)

DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
Thursday, September 7
14:30-15:30
OAFC PAC Meeting - Areas 9 & 10
Regency A
17:00-21:00
Suppliers Trade Show Opens
Embassy/Regency B&C
18:30
Opening Ceremonies
Trade Show Closed During Ceremony
Hospitality Meet & Greet
Suppliers Trade Show re-opens after ceremony
Kensington
Friday, September 8
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 9
12:15
Annual General Meeting 
Emergency North Training
Regency B&C
18:00
Banquet - Dinner & Entertainment
(Extra tickets available)
Embassy/Regency B&C
 

NEW SESSION ADDED!  Yoga for First Responders by Leanne Wierzbicki, Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Supported. Protected. Prepared.
 
Yoga for First Responders provides vital emotional ­wellness and mental-resiliency training in academy settings, in­service trainings, and community- based programs.  Yoga for First Responders (YFFR) was created by Olivia Kvitne, a yoga instructor and published journalist who first offered trauma­sensitive yoga and resiliency training to the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department after having worked with veterans and military. YFFR roots itself in the foundation of Trauma­Sensitive Yoga and mindlfulness while adding the element of physical challenges paired with mental training.  
 
Join us on Friday evening from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.  Only $5 per person.  Attendees should should wear comfortable loose clothing and water. Yoga mat or towel is preferred, but not required.  Please pre-register by sending an email to laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca
 

2017 Programs

 
PROGRAM A - SEARCH & RESCUE - PROGRAM FULL!
Dates:        September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:   Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre 
Time:          0800-1630
Minimum:   10 
Maximum:  20
 
This two day course is for all levels of fire service personnel. The course covers personal protective equipment (PPE),  search & rescue in a controlled environment and, exposure to controlled smoke and fire conditions. 
 
What You Will Learn!
  • The importance of information gathering, 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 stressed.
  • Opportunity to 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: FIT Testing on SCBA Masks - All participants are required to provide proof of FIT testing from their fire chief.
 
Student PPE Requirements: Full turnout gear, including masks and SCBA cylinders minimum 2 cylinders each, and steel toe shoes for fire ground.
 
PROGRAM B - PUBLIC EDUCATION (WHITBY/EG INQUEST)
Dates:        September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:   Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Times:       0830-1600
Minimum:  18 
Maximum: 24
 
This program takes an in depth look at the inquest process through case studies of the Whitby and East Gwillimbury fires that resulted in a joint inquest. An overview of the inquest process and examination of the inquest jury recommendations will provide participants with an opportunity to draw parallels between the inquest recommendations and their local public education challenges and efforts. There will also be an update on the role of the public safety education section of the OFMEM and recent public education resources and materials and current public education challenges.
 
PROGRAM C - LEADERSHIP - PREPAREDNESS FOR WILDFIRES (MNR)
Dates:       September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Times:       Friday: 0800-1630   Saturday: 0800-1530
Minimum:  N/A   
Maximum: 70
 
The theme for the 2017 Leadership Program is "Wildfire Happens - Be Prepared!" In what is becoming a FireCon Friday morning tradition, leadership participants will hear directly from senior representations of a number of fire service relvant agencies and organizations including; the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and receive updates on issues like; the transport of dangerous goods and the ongoing work with PTSD. 
 
What You Will Learn!
Friday afternoon will start with shared experiences from last year's Fort McMurray wildfire and lessons learned, and recent wildfires in NorthWest Ontario that could have easily gone 'bad.' Participants will hear from a number of speakers about the tools that can assist them in; identifying and mitigating wildfire risks in their communities and the resources that are available to assist fire departments if a fire threatens their community.
 
Saturday's program includes a tour of the newly renovated and technically updated MNR Fire Base at Thunder Bay Airport.
 
Participants will leave FireCon with a fresh understanding of;
  • Actions that can be taken to minimize wildfire risks in their home community.
  • What to expect when a wildfire does threaten their community.
  • The resources that are available to assist when a wildfire does go 'bad' and theatrens their community.
PROGRAM D - SCBA & PPE FOR THE NEW FIREFIGHTER 
Dates:        September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:   Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Time:          0830 – 1600
Minimum:   10 
Maximum:  20
 

Students will learn about the importance of properly wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (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 your exposure, through proper use and decontamination of PPE and SCBA on the fire ground and back at the station. 

What You Will Learn!
  • The course will focus on the fundamentals of the inspection, maintenance, operations, and proper donning and doffing procedures of PPE and SCBA in the Ontario fire service.
  • Considerable time will be spent on the proper donning and doffing of PPE and SCBA and the student 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.   
 
Student PPE Requirements: Students are to bring full turn out 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 I.D. so that they can be identified easily.
 
PROGRAM E - NFPA 1041 FIRE SERVICE INSTRUCTOR LEVEL 1 - PROGRAM FULL!
Dates:        September 7 - 9, 2017 – 3 Day Course
Location:   Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Time:          0830–1630
Minimum:   8 
Maximum:  12
 
This course is a collaboration between the Ontario Fire College and the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers, and is designed to train participants to teach a class from a prepared lesson plan.  Students will acquire the requisite skills and knowledge to meet the learning objectives of NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor Level I. This includes the opportunity to write the NFPA 1041 certification exam.
 
What You Will Learn!
This course introduces the student to the concept of utilizing training aids to enhance their presentation skills. This is accomplished through learning;
  • How to assemble course materials, preparing training records and report forms.
  • Review instructional materials, given the materials for a specific topic, target audience and learning environment.
  • Set up lesson plan, organizing a classroom, laboratory or outdoor learning environment. 
  • Get ready for a presentation, given a lesson plan and changing circumstances in the class environment. 
  • Amend to differences in learning styles, abilities and behaviors. Operate audiovisual equipment and demonstration devices.
  • Operate audiovisual materials, so that the intended objectives are clearly presented. 
  • Arrange oral or written and performance tests. 
  • Grading student oral, written, or performance tests, Reporting test results, give answer sheets or skills checklists. 
  • Provide evaluation feedback to students. 
OFC Course #: This course is offered as a Hybrid Course, following the Ontario Fire College Curriculum - Course number TBD
 

Student Pre-requisites: 
Students will be required to complete significant precourse reading and assignments
Students must contact Tim Beebe tim.beebe@ontario.ca for access to precourse material
Student must also bring a copy of IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor 8th Edition.

PROGRAM F - BASIC AND ADVANCED AUTO EXTRICATION - PROGRAM FULL!
Dates:        September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:   Montieth's Yard 2535 Arthur Street West (25th Side road and Arther Street)
 
Time:          08:30-16:00
Minimum:  20 
Maximum: 25
 
This course is comprised of a combination of basic and advanced evolutions.
 
What You Will Learn!
  • Understanding hydraulics and new car technology and how the two relate to one another from a practical and performance standpoint.
  • The finer points of basic and advanced evolutions.
  • The 10 power evolutions that comprise 85% of extrications, understanding tool placement and angles, choosing the right tools and why.
  • Textbook rescue versus real road rescue – knowing which shortcuts to take and how and why the evolutions are impacted.
  • Vehicle stabilization with struts.
  • Purchase point techniques.
  • Door removal techniques.
  • Dash displacement techniques with ram.
  • Dash displacement techniques with spreader.
  • Roof removal techniques.

Student PPE Requirements:  Full PPE - Gloves, glasses, helmet, bunker gear.

PROGRAM G - BIG RIG/TRANSPORT EXTRICATION - PROGRAM FULL!
Dates:        September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:   Montieth's Yard 2535 Arthur Street West (25th Side road and Arther Street)
 
Time:          08:30-16:00
Minimum:  15  
Maximum:  20
 

This course introduces students to motor vehicle collisions involving large trucks - both independent of other vehicles as well as in concert with cars. 

NOTE: Students should have a minimum of two (2) years of general extrication experience as a pre-requisite.

What You Will Learn!
Performance of Students will be assessed and based upon:
  • Demonstrated capabilities of stabilization techniques.
  • Demonstrated capabilities using heavy hydraulics.
  • Demonstrated capabilities using air chisels, reciprocating saws & other hand tools.
  • Demonstrated capabilities using high pressure lifting bags.
  • Demonstrated understanding of incident command.
Scenarios/Training to Include:
  • Anatomy of a big rig.
  • Preferred attack points of a big rig in an extrication.
  • Transport roll-over onto car.
  • Under-ride pin with car.
  • Instructor’s choice of additional scenario(s).
Student PPE Requirements:  Full PPE - Gloves, glasses, helmet, bunker gear.
 
PROGRAM H - FIREFIGHTER SURVIVAL - PROGRAM FULL!
Dates:        September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:   Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Time:          0830 - 1630
Minimum:   10 
Maximum:  18
 
This program strives for 20% theory and 80% skill delivery.  Some evolutions will be physically demanding and all applicants must be competent with their use of SCBA.
 
What You Will Learn!
The Firefighter Survival program includes;
  • Self-rescue.
  • Partner rescue.
  • An introduction to rapid intervention teams.
  • Low profile openings, entanglement, and wall breach.
  • MAYDAY, drags and carries.
  • 2 person rescue.
  • Downed firefighter procedures.
  • 2nd floor bailout.
  • Rapid intervention team introduction.
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1001 FF I & OFC Firefighter Survival Program
 

Student Pre-requisites: SCBA familiarity - Review of the following materials:

IFSTA Essentials (6th edition), Chapter 9 - Structural Search, Victim Removal, Fire Fighter Survival
IFSTA Essentials (5th edition), Chapter 8 – Rescue and Extrication
Jones and Bartlett Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills (Canadian Third edition), Chapter 18- Firefighter Survival
Jones and Bartlett Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills (US third edition), Chapter 18 –Firefighter Survival 


Student PPE RequirementsFull bunker gear and SCBA

PROGRAM I -  OFMEM/OFC BASIC PUMPER OPS - PROGRAM FULL!
Dates:        September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:   Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre AND Remote Site (Location TBA)
Time:          0830 - 1630
Minimum:  10 
Maximum: 15
 
What You Will Learn!
This course is designed to address the basic pumping theory and practical skills including pumping from tank, drafting, pumping from a pressurized source, and basic portable pump operations.
 
OFC Course #: Basic P/Ops-17-1 F
 
Training Program or Standard: Portions of NFPA 1002 (Note: this only covers a small portion of NFPA 1002, and is not a certification course).

Student Pre-requisites: 
Students will be required to complete precourse reading and assignments. 
Students must contact Tim Beebe tim.beebe@ontario.ca for access to precourse material.

Student PPE RequirementsFull turnout recommended depending on weather. Helmets, gloves, hard-toe boots and eye protection are mandatory.
 
PROGRAM K - IMS 300 - INTERMEDIATE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Dates:         September 7 - 9, 2017 – 3 Day Course
Location:    Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Time:           08:00-16:30
Minimum:   15  
Maximum:  21
 

This course will prepare you to perform leadership roles within an expanded IMS structure during a complex incident involving multiple organizations.

Student Pre-requisites: IMS 200  - Basic Incident Management System or IMS OFC CO506

*Each student will have to register via the EMO website: 
 
PROGRAM L - BUILDING A PTSD PREVENTION COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE WORKSHOP - CANCELLED!
Date:           September 7, 2017 - 1 Day Course
Location:    Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Times:         08:30-16:00
Minimum:   12  
Maximum:  24
*Lunch will NOT be provided.
 
This is a one day workshop where you will be able to work with a PSHSA expert to develop a basic PTSD Prevention Plan.
 
What You Will Learn!
This workshop will help you to;
  • Establish your organizational goals, roles and responsibilities.
  • Identify the mechanisms you will use to recognize exposures.
  • Understand intervention options.
  • Establish crisis intervention management process .
  • At the end of this session, you will have draft policies and procedures as well as key messages for communications plan.
Training Program or Standard: PSHSA Program
 
PROGRAM M - FIRE SCENE ASSESSMENT - PROGRAM FULL!
Dates:        September 8 - 9, 2017 – 2 Day Course
Location:   Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre & 
Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
 
Times:        08:00-16:30
Minimum:   10 
Maximum:  20
 

This is an introductory course into the field of fire investigation and is suited for fire service or police service members who are tasked with conducting fire scene investigations or, members who are required to do scene assessment prior to notifying fire prevention or the Office of the Fire Marshal Emergency Management (OFMEM) to attend a scene . Topics include:

  • Roles & responsibilities.
  • Safety for fire & explosion investigators.
  • Security for fire & explosion investigators.
  • Evidence collection & preservation.
  • Origin analysis.
  • Fire causes.
  • Vehicle fires.
  • Documenting, interviewing and report writing.
  • Burn patterns & chemistry of fire.

Training Program or Standard: Ontario Fire College

Student Pre-requisites: None

Student PPE RequirementsHard Hat, Safety Boots, Coveralls, Gloves, Eye Protection, PAPR.

PROGRAM N - PUMPER MAINTENANCE - PROGRAM FULL!
Date:           September 9, 2017 - 1 Day Course
Location:    Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Times:         08:00-16:00
Minimum:   12  
Maximum:  15
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1911-2017 Edition Standards for Maintenance/Inspection, Testing
*Lunch will be provided.
 

Pumper Maintenance is part of the fire services critical infrastructure.  This program is based on NFPA 1911-2017 Edition Standards for maintenance/inspection testing and retirement of in-service emergency service vehicles.  Participants will not only get the theory behind pumper maintenance but will get the necessary “hands-on” skills training to better understand what to look for! A must have requirement for any progressive fire service!

Don't forget to tweet #FireCon17 the official hashtag of FireCon 2017!

2017 Leadership Agenda

Friday, September 8, 2017
8:30
Welcome-Introduction
8:35
Message & Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management 
9:30
Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Chief Stephen Hernen, OAFC President
9:50
Coffee Break
10:10

Transport Canada – Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Gary Cooper, Remedial Measures Specialist, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Ontario Region

11:00
The Realities of Dealing with Disasters in Your Community - The Ontario Framework
Michael Morton, Director Emergency - OFMEM
12:00
Lunch/Trade Show Opens
13:00
Welcome – MNR
Dave Cleavely, AFFES
13:15
Fort McMurray Fire 2016 Response through Recovery
Dale Bendfeld, Executive Director, Community and Protective Services Division, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Sponsored by VFIS
14:15
PANEL DISCUSSION: Lessons Learned Close to Home
KEN Fire: Pat Harvey & Warren Brinkman
DRY Fire: George Page & Donna Cockle
      15:00 Coffee Break
15:15 ...PANEL DISCUSSION: Lessons Learned Close to Home (con't)
TBAY Fire: Gary Harland & Mike Horan
GERALDTON Fire: Dale Horan & Gerald Abraham
16:30
Announcements
17:00
Trade Show Vendor Reception - Cash Bar & Appetizers
Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:00
Industrial Operations Protocol
Paul Chandler, New Regulations, Fire Investigation
8:45
FireSmart (CWPP, Transfer Payment)
Malcolm Robertson
9:15
Interagency Response
Trent Mann
9:45
Travel to Thunder Bay FMH/PLC
(Meet in trainng room)
10:15
Coffee Break
10:30
Remarks & Tour of New Facility
Gary Harland & Chris Plater
12:00
LUNCH
13:00
Water Bomber/ Helicopter Operations/ Drones
(Communications & Safety)

Jason Robinson
13:45 Fire Line Safety
Mark Belanger
14:15 Restricted Fire Zones & Emergency Area Orders
Fred Hampton
14:45 Coffee Break
15:00 Question Period - AFFES
15:30 Announcements and Certificates
15:45 Travel Back to Victoria Inn
18:00
Reception, Banquet and Entertainment
 

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

Fort McMurray Fire 2016 Response Through Recovery
Presented by: Dale Bendfeld, Executive Director, Community and Protective Services Division, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Sponsored By:

The wildfires that impacted the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) in May 2016, resulted in one of the largest natural disasters in the history of Alberta. Over 100,000 people were evacuated from the Fort McMurray area, four regional villages and nine oil sands facilities. In total, 27,000 structures and residences were lost. Dale Bendfeld played a key role throughout the crisis and into recovery. He will walk us through all aspects of the event, the progression of the fire, emergency services response, activation of the Regional Emergency Operations Centre, the declaration of a Local State of Emergency through to the Provincial State of Emergency. The decisions, actions and lessons learned from the crisis to stabilization, re-entry and recovery will be discussed.

Raised on a ranch in Innisfail Alberta, Dale served in the Canadian Army as a senior office in the infantry, airborne, rangers and Signal Corps with service across Canada and around the world. He has held command, staff, training, liaison and combat roles.

He has been involved in a number of major events and disaster responses from 1997 Red River Flood, 1998 Ice Storm, 2000 Y2K, 2003 Kamloops/Kelowna Fires, 2013 High River Floods and most recently the 2016 Fort McMurray Fires. 

After retiring from the Canadian Forces, Dale served as a regular member of the RCMP working in general policing and traffic in Kamloops BC, rural policing in the North Okanagan, First Nations Policing with the Splatsin First Nations, International with NORAD / NORTHCOM, major event security with the Integrated Security Unit Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Toronto G8/G20. He has been the Chief of Staff and Director of Security for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, Detachment Commander Fort Chipewyan.

Dale now works for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as the Executive Director of Community and Protective Services and was the Deputy Director of Emergency Management throughout the Fort McMurray wildfires. 

Don't forget to tweet #FireCon17 the official hashtag of FireCon 2017!
 
 
 

Host Hotel & Accommodations

Host Hotel: Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
 

Over 1 million people visit Thunder Bay annually, and we know why. Thunder Bay has a natural majestic beauty that engulfs every visitor.  Outdoor activities, events, festivals and of course, the friendly charm of all residents are all reasons to visit.
 
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.
 
 
Location: 555 West Arthur Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Tel: 1-800-387-3331
 
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 and including 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.
 
2017 Room Rates: 
Standard Rooms: $128.00 plus HST
Pool Side Rooms: $133.00 plus HST
Jr. King Suites: $139.00 plus HST
Jacuzzi/Family Suite: $155.00 plus HST
 
Reservations:
To make a reservation, please contact the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre at 1-800-387-3331.  When booking, please refer to our group booking code 432907 or fax or email the following booking form to 807-475-8961 or frontdeskthunderbay@vicinn.com.  The deadline for booking at our group rate is August 30, 2017. Please note that reservations made online may not work for our group code.  All reservations are held until 4pm on day of arrival unless guaranteed with a major credit card.
 
 
Check in time is 3pm, Check out time is 11am.
 

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 Trans Canada Highway, providing easy access to Arthur Street MarketplaceThunder Bay International AirportConfederation College and Lakehead University.  
 
Included at the Comfort Inn - Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, continental breakfast, local calls, weekday newspaper and parking.  The Comfort Inn is steps from the Victoria Inn. 
 
2017 Room Rates: $149.99 +HST
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #FireCon17 the official hashtag of FireCon 2017!
 

 

2017 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 work out the best deals possible.  
 

Trade Show Hours

Thursday, September 7, 2017
17:00 - 21:00
Trade Show Open
18:30 - 19:00 Opening Ceremonies
19:00 - 21:00 Hospitality Meet & Greet
Friday, September 8, 2017
12:00 - 21:00 Trade Show Open


2017 Trade Show Floor Plan

Click on the picture below to download/print the floor plan.

2017 Exhibitor List

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
 
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Thank You to our 2017 Supporters

FireCon 2017 would not be possible without the support and contributions of the following organizations.  
 
Thank you to all our 2017 Sponsors! 
FireCon Supporter
Keynote
Speaker Sponsor
FireCon Supporter
FireCon Supporter
FireCon Supporter
Charlie Turgeon
Award Sponsor
                
 
            Courtesy                                          FireCon Supporter
         Van Sponsor
 

 

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2017 Banquet & Entertainment

The banquet is on Saturday, September 9, 2017 in the Regency Ballroom. Cocktails are at 6pm, Banquet starts at 7pm.  A ticket to the banquet is included with every 2 and 3 day program. Tickets are NOT included in the 1 day programs. Additonal tickets can be purchased online through our registration page or at the event for $39.83 plus HST ($45.00).

Every year, FireCon includes an interactive show at our annual banquet. Details to follow.
 
 
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About Emergency North Training

Emergency North Training Inc. is a not-for-profit incorporated entity with the objective of developing and delivering, alone or in co-operation with others, educational programs and services for members of the public and persons who respond to emergencies in northwestern Ontario. For the past twenty-five years, Emergency North Training, staffed with only volunteers, developed 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.

Emergency North Training 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 likely 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 Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs 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 of 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 18, 2017.
 
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.