FireCon 2018, September 6-9, 2018

Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario

 

Course Update

Program B - Search & Rescue - COURSE IS FULL
Program C - NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) - COURSE IS FULL
Program E - Fire Attack/Live Fire Attack - COURSE IS FULL
Program F - Rapid Auto Extrication - COURSE IS FULL
Program G - Big Rig Extrication - COURSE IS FULL
Program H - NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level 1 Blended - COURSE IS FULL
Program L - NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator Level 1 - 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 0800-1700 3-day courses begin  Various locations
0800-12:30 OFC Northwest Training Meeting Regency A
1300-1600 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 0800-1700 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 the about the importance of properly wearing their 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 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 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 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 one 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 COURSE IS NOW FULL
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 & 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 Prerequisites: 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, 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 two 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

          o construct an Incident Action Plan (IAP)
          o SLICE  RS
          o 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:  0800-1630
Location:  Cozy’s Towing, 1460 Rosslyn Road, Thunder Bay
Max:  35   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:  0800-1630
Location:  Cozy’s Towing, 1460 Rosslyn Road, Thunder Bay
Max:  35   Min:  20
 
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, 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 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.
 
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 allows 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.   Bio’s coming soon.
 
Student Pre-requisites: None.
 

Program L – NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator Level I - 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:  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 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:  0800-1630
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 afternoon of September 8th. 
 
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, 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 allow the students to better identify incident action options in a risk-based response. Students will be offered scenario based training that will allow 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
http://thunderbay.vicinn.com/default-en.html

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 honour 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
 
Please note that the room block is full.  The hotel will only be taking reservations up until August 4th, 2018 if there is a cancellation.  Please contact the hotel for 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
Website http://www.choicehotels.ca/
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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 Exhibitor List

Below you will find the list of exhibitors for the 2018 show. 

This page will be updated daily.

2018 Exhibitors

Exhibitor Name Booth #
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
21, 22 & 23
A.S. Roach Fire Services Ltd. Outdoor Space 4
ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Limited 1, 11 & 20
Air Technology Solutions 32
Annex/FFIC/Firehall Bookstore 18
Canadian Red Cross-Thunder Bay TT1
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc. 30 & 31
CN Rail 35
Code 4 Fire & Rescue Inc. 7 & 15
Commercial Emergency Equipment Co. 42
CRC Communications 4
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd. 14 & Outdoor Space 2
Fire Service Women Ontario TT2
Fisher's Regalia & Uniform Accoutrements Co.  33
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd.   5 & Outdoor Space 1
GovDeals, Inc. 17
Levitt-Safety Ltd. 26
M & L Supply Fire & Safety 36, 37 & 45
Mississauga Fire Apparatus Inc. 44
Muscular Dystrophy 6
Northern911 2
PPE Solutions Inc. 16 & 24
Provident Benefits 25
Ram Canada Inc. 43
ResQtech Systems Inc. 10 & 12
Sani-Gear Fire 40
Sea Hawk Specialized Truck Service 8 & 9 & Outdoor Space 3
Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. 27
SPI Health and Safety 13
Superior Fire Alarm Sales & Service 34
The Loomex Group 3
TransCanada Pipelines 41
Valley Fire Protection and Services Limited 28 & 29
VFIS 19
Whelen Canada 38
Work Authority 39
 

Supporters

 
FireCon 2018 would not be possible without the support and contributions of the following organizations.  
 
Thank you to all our 2018 Sponsors! 
 
FireCon Supporter
Leadership Program
Sponsor
FireCon Supporter
FireCon Supporter Program Supporter Courtesy Van Sponsor
 
Transportation Sponsor Program Supporter  

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!
 

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 Leadership Program

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

Beyond Hoses and Helmets

Strategy and Tactics of Leading a Volunteer or Composite Fire/Rescue Organization

The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and the provincial fire chiefs associations have been working in partnership with the Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) of the International Association of Fire Chiefs to offer this two day course to provide chief officers who manage volunteers within the fire/rescue/delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.

Designed and delivered by active fire chief officers from across Canada, the course 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
  • 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 allows 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.


Your Instructors

Mike Vilneff

Mike started in the Fire Service in Marmora, Ontario in 1980.

He quickly became the department training officer and held that position for 2 years before becoming Fire Chief there in 1989.

Mike left Marmora in 1997 when he went to Cobourg to take on the role of Deputy Chief.

Mike was appointed Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator of Cobourg on July 1, 2013 after the retirement of Chief Allen Mann.

Mike currently sits on numerous municipal committees including the corporate Management Team, H&S committee, Risk Management Committee, Communications Steering committee as well as the Development Review Team.

Mike is also the current Chair of the Fleming College Fire Program Advisory Committee.

Mike previously worked on the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal Shaping Fire Safe Communities program development team.

Mike has sat on Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Provincial (OAFC) Advisory committees and currently is on the OAFC H&S Committee as well as a member of the Provincial Ministry of Labour Section 21 Committee.

Mike is the proud father of Shelby and Sam.


Vince MacKenzie

Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie has been in the fire service since 1983 and is currently the full-time fire chief of Grand Falls-Windsor Fire Department since 2003, before that he held the position of fire inspector for 7 years. 

Vince holds a certificate in Fire Service Leadership from Dalhousie University and is a national columnist for Firefighting in Canada magazine co-writing the column: Volunteer Vision.

He is the Past President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Service and has served on that executive in many capacities for 23 years 7 as president.

Vince is also a director on the executive board of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, after spending 6 years on the advisory board. He is also the 2nd Vice President of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association.

He is also a national instructor for the “Beyond Hoses and Helmets” Fire leadership program.

Chief MacKenzie has been outspoken and an advocate for a variety fire service issues within the government walls especially in his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador and also on a national level. He has a passion in educating the public in fire safety and preparedness.

Vince has been a speaker at many conferences and functions across Canada and an instructor in different capacities from firefighting, public fire safety education, leadership, and administration of fire departments.

But most importantly he is Dad to Chelsea

FireCon 2018 Evening Functions

Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 18:00 - Opening Ceremonies & Meet & Greet Reception,

Join us at the Trade Show as we officially welcome attendees and exhibitors to FireCon 2018!  New for 2018, the Opening Ceremonies will take place on the Trade Show floor.  Immediately following the Opening Ceremonies will be the Meet & Greet Reception.  Visit with suppliers and take advantage of special offers specifically for FireCon.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers and refreshments.   A great way to kick off the event by networking with those in the fire service!

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 17:00 – Trade Show Vendor Reception

The vendors at FireCon 2018 will be hosting a reception during the Trade Show starting at 17:00.  Join us on the Trade Show floor for appetizers and refreshment.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the deals being offered by suppliers as the Trade Show ends at 21:00. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 18:00 – Banquet & Entertainment

The banquet offers guests the opportunity to relax, and share your training experience with your peers, all while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner.  After dinner, guests will enjoy entertainment and celebrate into the night with some live music.  Banquet tickets are included in all FireCon 2018 registration packages.  Additional tickets can be purchased for $50.00 each, however you must purchase your tickets no later than Friday, September 7, 2018.  Tickets are available through our website or you can purchase onsite at the registration desk.

2018 Banquet Entertainment

Kaminari Wan Taiko

Kaminari Wan Taiko is composed of drummers ranging in age from teens to seventies...with 2 to 7 years experience performing for celebrations and special events in Thunder Bay. Kaminari Wan Taiko has become the major public cultural arm of the Lakehead Japanese Cultural Association (LJCA) since its inception in 2011. 

Taiko drumming is an ancient form of Japanese drumming involving tightly choreographed movements which many identify with the Japanese martial arts.

Live Entertainment featuring Toxic Neighbour

Toxic Neighbour is a five piece classic rock band from Thunder Bay Ontario that was formed in 2010 and has become one of Thunder Bay’s most popular bands. The band is comprised of veteran musicians with plenty of touring and recording experience.

On the front line Rob Nickerson and Cory Lamme provide the lead vocals and guitars along with Chris Knowles laying down the bass guitar and vocals, Rick Nickerson and Jeff Korkola complete the rhythm section with Rick on the drum kit and Jeff taking care of the percussion and acoustic guitar. The band keeps their audience engaged with high energy rock classics and also providing plenty of Canadian content in the mix.

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