OAFC 2018 - Attendees
 

OAFC 2018 May 3-6, 2018, Delta Hotels Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre

OAFC 2018 Trade Show May 4&5, 2018, The International Centre

 
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs programs are geared to everyone working in fire and emergency services, or a related sector.  We are excited to host OAFC 2018 – a newly reformatted conference that provides eight learning programs focusing on professional development to specific areas of the fire service. Checkout all the exciting changes and updates on our "What's new in 2018" page.
 

Who Attends?

 
 
Fire chiefs, senior fire officers, company officers, firefighters, training officers, communicators, public educators, fire prevention officers, airport rescue and firefighting personnel, mechanical officers, and municipal officials from across Ontario come together for professional development, networking and collaboration.  With eight programs to participate in, attendees walk away with innovative information that covers all areas of the fire service, including technological advances, real-life fire incidents, navigating the political environment, public and life fire safety, management/leadership development and more. 
 
OAFC 2018 attendees get access to the largest fire and emergency trade show in Canada.   The OAFC Trade Show boasts over 250 booths and fire vehicles, and is proud to host the largest and most successful gathering of fire service manufacturers and suppliers in Canada.  The Trade Show offers attendees direct access to the sales team who supply your fire department with the important lifesaving apparatus, gear and services that you rely upon every day!
 

Why Attend?


 
2018 Programs
 
Each program is tailored to specific areas of the fire service, and each program includes applicable keynote speakers and evening functions available on that day.  All packages include access to the trade show.
 

Keynote Presentations

 
Friday, May 4, 2018, Grenfell Tower Fire, presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade
This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 

Friday, May 4, 2018, Preparing for and Responding to a Terrorist Attack, presented by  Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade. 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017, including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Saturday, May 5, 2018, You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With, presented by Janine Driver.
Janine is the founder, president and lead instructor for the Body Language Institute (BLI). BLI is an elite certification program that offers award-winning advanced communications training that help executives, sales and other professionals build executive presence.  In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you’ll learn to get support for your proposals and ideas when you increase the one skill that always makes the top of the list when predicting likability; influence others using an easy-to-master, 200-year-old, technique; turn good relationships with your staff and suppliers into dangerously awesome relationships; use “The Belly Button Rule,” “The 3 Power Zones,” and “Move Your Body, Move Your Mind” success moves to increase your perceived value and decrease stress.
 
May 4-6, 2018 - Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program:  The Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program provides professional development for those who are involved with the operation, and are responsible for, the delivery of fire protection services in a rural or suburban fire/rescue service. This program offers important information and resources to enhance skills, and develop leadership and executive-level knowledge to further excel in your chief officer role.
 
May 3-5, 2018 - Urban Chief Officer Program:  The Urban Chief Officer Program provides professional development for those who are involved in the operation, and are responsible for the delivery of fire protection services in an urban community. The program offers important information and resources to enhance skills, and develop leadership and executive-level knowledge to further excel in your chief officer role.
 
May 3 & 4, 2018 - Fire Service Health & Safety Program:  The Fire Service Health & Safety Program addresses topics that are at the forefront of health and safety in the fire service.  The goal is to provide information, resources and training to help reduce the number of preventable injuries in the fire and emergency service. This includes culture and leadership focus on safety in every aspect of the job, as well as physical and mental health fitness. The event is relevant to anyone working in a fire department, whether full-time or volunteer. The program takes a more interactive approach by allowing participants to be actively involved in the presentations, and receiving the “straight talk” on the important health/safety issues in a modern day fire service.
 
May 4-6, 2018 - Training Officers Program: In partnership with the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers (OAFTO), the Training Officer’s Program includes a variety of training resources, information and innovative ideas relevant to today’s fire training officers. The program is delivered by high-profile instructors, speaking on the most current hot topics in fire training.  This program offers the perfect opportunity to build a communications network to share best practices and resources with other training professionals.
 
May 3-5, 2018 - Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group Seminar: Established over 25 years ago, the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group was organized to create an active network of information sharing among airport fire rescue professionals. These professionals had been working hard to develop training materials and standard operating guidelines.  The ARFFWG Seminar provides attendees with education and development in areas such as training, facilities, operational procedures and investigative information, which are essential as the science of aircraft rescue and firefighting.   In addition, there are immeasurable networking opportunities for those involved and concerned with aviation fire safety.
 
May 3 & 4, 2018 - Public Educators Program:  The OAFC and the Ontario Fire & Life Safety Educators have developed the public educator’s program, specifically tailored to promote education initiatives relevant to today’s public fire educators and fire prevention officers.  The program is designed to share information, resources and network with likeminded professionals.   This role is very important in a fire service, as most fires are preventable.  Ontario’s public educators educate, train, motivate and inspire fire and life safety programs and messages in their communities.  This program will help develop new, innovative ways to promote fire safety and education.
 
May 4, 2018 - Fire Communicators Program:  The Ontario Fire Communicators Association (OFCA), in conjunction with the OAFC, have developed a forum to help communicators understand more about today’s common issues facing Ontario’s communication centres. Fire communicators are those responsible for the processing of requests for emergency and non-emergency assistance received via 9-1-1 lines, administration lines, the radio system or direct contact with the public. They work closely with communicators from police, EMS and other services to provide rapid, effective response. The seminar includes a variety of presentations specifically selected on important issues facing communicators in today’s fire service. 
 
May 4 & 5, 2018 - Municipal Officials Program: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101:  This program offers elected officials the opportunity to understand the challenges of the fire service and its importance in their communities. This two-day session includes presentations customized to provide the essential information about the fire service.  The highlight of the program is our interactive, hands-on fire training session!  Municipal officials slip into bunker gear and experience firsthand the life of a firefighter by participating in a live fire training session.  Past attendees have included government officials, mayors and councilors, CAO’s, directors and other senior municipal staff. 
 

May 4 & 5 OR May 5 & 6, 2018 - Firefighter Training, Sponsored by Fire Fighting in Canada -  Due to unforseen circumstances, the Firefighter Training has been cancelled.  All registered attendees will receive an email from our office shortly.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

What previous OAFC attendees are saying.....
 
 
OAFC 2018 is the largest of its kind in Canada and offers something for everyone in today's fire services. It is the not-to-be missed event of 2018!
 
 

OAFC 2018 Sponsors

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and its members are indebted to the many sponsors who contribute year-after-year to our annual conference and trade show.  With their continued support, we are able to offer attendees excellent and informative guest speakers, entertaining evening functions, delicious refreshments, improved communications and continued development to services that the OAFC members rely on day-to-day. 
 
We are truly thankful to the following companies and organizations for their support of OAFC 2018!
 
Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Sponsor
Memorial Reception Sponsor Delgate Bag Sponsor
Conference Note Book Sponsor Lanyard Sponsor Memorial Service Sponsor
Trade Show Front Entrance
Welcome Sponsor
Charging Station Sponsors Prize Sponsor
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2018 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 

 

 
 

Whats New in 2018?

Shortly after OAFC 2017, the OAFC did a comprehensive review of our annual events.  We assessed member feedback and event evaluations over the past two years, and felt it was time to look closely at our event offerings to ensure we continue to serve the best interests of our members. Common feedback from evaluations included cost issues, duration and content at the annual conference.  Additionally, challenges were also identified with the elections process.  We also discovered that quite often, our events were competing with each other.  That led to significant planning and changes to our annual event. 
 
The following outlines changes and everything new to the event in 2018!
 
  • New dates:  The conference dates have changed in 2018.  We will now have a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday format, with the trade show taking place on the Friday/Saturday.  This still offers the ability for both full-time and volunteer fire service personnel to attend.
  • New conference venue:  Accommodations for attendees and exhibitors, and the conference portion of the event, will now be held at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre (formerly the International Plaza Hotel/former DoubleTree Hotel). After many requests from attendees, we are happy to announce that our conference sessions and accommodations will once again be in one location!  
  • New trade show venue:  The 2018 Trade Show will be held at the International Centre on Airport Road in Mississauga.  The new trade show venue will accommodate our new conference format and dates, providing new opportunities for the show to grow. Exhibitor demos and learning sessions will be available on the show floor, and new food vendors will enhance our café experience.  Continuous shuttle service will be offered between the conference and trade show venues.
  • The 2018 May conference format and length has changed.  We changed our focus to allow more distinctive programming based on different roles and fire departments in Ontario. Programming is more “workshop-style,” offering improved focus on professional development.   In addition, most programs are two or three days, and are reduced in cost.
  • The Health & Safety Training Workshop will now move to the conference in May as its own program, now called the Fire Service Health & Safety Program.   This enables us to continue to focus on important fire service health and safety issues, but not as a standalone event.
  • The OAFC Annual General Meeting will be moving to November in 2018. Elections will also move with the Annual General Meeting.  This change will allow for added content during the conference, and shift focus of OAFC-related content and business to November.  It is important to note that some business (resolutions) will still be conducted at the May conference, just not to the current extent.  
  • OAFC Board of Directors elections will be fully electronic in 2018.  Board members will be sworn in at the Annual General Meeting in November of 2018.  This new process will allow all applicable OAFC members the opportunity to vote.
  • Evening functions:  The OAFC Memorial Service will still be held during the conference and will now be on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the hotel.  On Friday, we will be hosting a fun, networking event with the focus on raising money for charity.  Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. and Safetek, an exciting night is in store for all guests.  Evening functions are opened to both conference attendees and trade show vendors.   The OAFC Annual Awards will be moving to our annual general meeting in November.
Each year we strive to improve and grow the conference and trade show to better suit the needs of all attendees and exhibitors. Following the event we look for your feedback through our attendee evaluations. We take your comments, the good and the bad – seriously!
 
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2018 Registration Package Options

OAFC 2018 offers multiple packages that accommodates all types of attendees with varied interests.  If you have any questions about our registration options, please contact us!  Our staff team is here to assist you!
 
Package Option
Registration Fee
Inclusions
Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program
3 days
May 4-6, 2018
$550 OAFC Member
$600 Non-Member
 
$125 Companion
 
Optional Add-On:  Add the Thursday Fire Service Health & Safety Program for $155.00
Specialized programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Keynote presentations.
Trade Show access.
Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
Networking/Charity event on Friday evening.
Memorial Service on Saturday evening.
Urban Chief Officer Program
3 days
May 3-5, 2018
$550 OAFC Member
$600 Non-Member
 
$125 Companion
Specialized programming on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Keynote presentations.
Trade Show access.
Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
Networking/Charity event on Friday evening.
Memorial Service on Saturday evening.
Fire Service Health & Safety Program
2 days
May 3 & 4, 2018
$375
 
$125 Companion
Specialized programming on Thursday and Friday.
Keynote on Friday.
Trade Show access.
Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
Networking/Charity event on Friday evening.
Training Officers Program
3-days
May 4-6, 2018
$550 Member 
$600 Non-Member 
 
Optional Add-On:  Add the Thursday Fire Service Health & Safety Program for $155.00
Specialized programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Keynote presentations.
Trade Show access.
Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
Networking/Charity event on Friday evening.
Memorial Service on Saturday evening.
Public Educators Program
2 days
May 3 & 4, 2018
$335
Specialized programming on Thursday and Friday.
Keynote on Friday.
Trade Show access.
Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
Networking/Charity event on Friday evening.
Memorial Service on Saturday evening.
Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group Seminar
3 days
May 3-5, 2018
$550.00
Specialized programming on Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
Keynote presentations.
Aircraft IMS training at the GTAA FESTI training centre.
Trade Show access.
Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
Networking/Charity event on Friday evening.
Memorial Service on Saturday evening.
Fire Communicators Program - 1 day
May 4, 2018
$235 
Specialized programming on Friday.
Keynote on Friday.
Breakfast, breaks and lunch.
Networking/Charity event on Friday evening.
Option to add Saturday for $100
Municipal Officials Program
2-day
May 4 & 5, 2018
$375 
Specialized programming on Friday and Saturday.
Keynote presentations.
Live fire training on Friday.
Trade Show access.
Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day.
Networking/Charity event on Friday evening.
Memorial Service on Saturday evening.
Firefighter Training
Sponsored by Canadian Fire Fighter and Fire Fighting in Canada
2-day
 
Cancelled
Due to unforseen circumstances, the Firefighter Training has been cancelled.  All registered attendees will receive an email from our office shortly.  We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
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OAFC 2018 Trade Show, Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018

The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Halls 2, 3 & 4

If you are an EXHIBITOR, please visit the OAFC 2018 Trade Show EXHIBITOR section.
The OAFC 2018 Trade Show is the must-attend exhibition for the fire service in Canada. You can find everything you need within the 250 booths and fire vehicles being showcased in over 170,000 square feet of dedicated trade show space. This is where your purchasing committee and mechanics can get on-the-spot answers to their questions from company experts. Get your fire department purchasing done in record time, and take advantage of promotions and specials offered by exhibitors.
 
The trade show takes place on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 from 10:00am until 4:00pm both days at the International Centre, located at 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, Ontario, L4V 1E8 in Halls 2, 3 & 4.  The main entrance to the show is located by Halls 2 & 3.  More information on the venue, including parking and special services can be found below.
 
Admission and trade show shuttle are included with any conference registration. All members of the fire service are welcome to attend. Day passes are available for $20.00, or you can receive a free pass from your fire chief.
 
As a benefit of membership, each OAFC member receives complimentary trade show passes to distribute to members in their fire department.  Passes will be distributed in March 2018!
 
 

OAFC 2018 Trade Show Floor Plan & List of 2018 Exhibitors

Click the image below to open and view the interactive floor plan and explore our 2018 exhibitors.
 

Trade Show Shuttle

OAFC 2018 will be offering continuous shuttle service to the International Centre from the Delta Hotel Toronto Airport (main conference venue), Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport at 640 Dixon Road and the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East at 600 Dixon Road to ensure guests can travel to the trade show worry free.
 
Shuttle Schedule
Date
First Shuttle*
Last Shuttle*
Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00am
5:00pm
Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00am
5:00pm
*Times are subject to change.
 
The International Centre is approximately a 10-minute drive from the Delta Hotel Toronto Airport & Conference Centre, depending on traffic conditions.  There are two shuttles doing continuous loops, approximately every 20 minutes.
 
Pickup location at the hotel:  At the northwest entrance (Starbucks). 
 
Pickup location at the International Centre:  Hall 2 entrance.  
 
Guests are welcome to drive to the International Centre.  Parking is ample and free.
 

Venue Information: The International Centre

 

Trade Show Location:  

The International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L4V 1E8
 
For decades, The International Centre has been one of Canada’s only privately-owned trade and consumer show exhibition facilities. When it first opened in 1972, the facility had 260,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. Since then, they have expanded to approximately 548,000 sq. ft., offering an ideal mix of exhibit, meeting and special event services.
 
Minutes from Pearson International, one of the largest airports in North America, The International Centre is closely linked to Canada’s aviation history. 
 
During the 1950s, The International Centre site was used in the development of the AVRO Arrow, a technological marvel and part of Canada’s aviation lore. The site was purchased by a group of private investors from DeHavilland in 1971, which led to the development of its present use today, as a major multi-purpose facility.
 
Having grown immensely in size and client base, The International Centre today hosts over 450 shows and events each year.
 
The International Centre is proud to be the recipient of the M&IT Reader’s Choice Award and has been recognized as the leading venue in Central Canada that exceeded Canadian meeting & event planners’ expectations!
 

Directions

 
By car (via highways).
Click on the map to customize directions from your location
 

Travelling by Bus

A bus stop is located near the Main Entrance of The International Centre on Airport Road.
For current bus transit times and locations, please call Mississauga Transit at 905.615.4636 or visit www.mississauga.ca/portal/miway. Travelling from Toronto, please visit www.ttc.ca/Routes.
 

Travelling by Train

The Malton GO Station is located adjacent to The International Centre across the railway tracks. Please use the tunnel walkway between the Malton GO Station and The International Centre.  For current train transit times and locations, please call GO Transit at 1.888.438.6646 or visit www.gotransit.com.
 

Travelling by Plane

The International Centre is located approximately three kilometers from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on Airport Road.  Many taxi and limousine services are on standby at each terminal.
 

Parking

Access
Parking at the International Centre is all on one level, providing easy access from multiple entry points.  You can access the International Centre from either Airport Road or Derry Road.  Parking is free. 

Staff
The International Centre also provides uniformed and knowledgeable parking attendants and clear signage to help you get to your destination.
 
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Conference Location and Hotel Accommodations

MAIN CONFERENCE HOTEL

Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre
655 Dixon Road, Toronto M9W 1J3 Canada
416-244-1711 
 
Modern sophistication and spacious comfort await you at Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.
 
Recently renovated and filled with premium amenities, the hotel offers a convenient home base for your Toronto adventures. Chic rooms boast free Wi-Fi, oversized beds, ample desks and complimentary bottled water; many also feature sofa beds. Suites, including bi-Level lofts with kitchenettes, provide the extra space that is ideal for traveling families.
 
Perks at the hotel include a gym, indoor pool and whirlpool. Pamper yourself at the spa, or indulge in excellent restaurants, which offer a wide range of cuisines.   A free shuttle to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport is also included.  
 
Room amenities include; Lighted makeup mirror, hair dryer, alarm clock, desk, writing / work, with ergonomic chair, and electrical outlet, iron and ironing board, room service, bottled water, complimentary, coffee maker/tea service, instant hot water, phone with voicemail, high speed Internet, 32in LCD TV with international cable/satellite.
 
 
    
 

Reservations

Please note that the room block is full
 
Please refer to alternative accommodations below.  The OAFC is taking a waiting list for the host hotel.  Please email maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca to be placed on the waiting list.  We will be offering shuttle service to the host hotel and The International Centre from the Radisson and the Holiday Inn on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
 

Parking

There is a charge of $16.00 per day, per car for overnight registered guests with in and out privileges. (Parking rates are subject to change)  
  • First ½ hour of original entry - Free
  • each additional ½ hour or less - $ 3.00
  • Max (24 hour period) - $ 16.00

Dining

Orchid Cafe

Start your day in with a hearty and healthy breakfast at Orchid Café. Designed to emulate a bustling marketplace, this vibrant restaurant will energize you for a successful day.
 

LOT41 Social Bar & Table

Our newest restaurant is the truly social LOT41 Social Bar and Table. Enjoy tastes from eight taps, an eclectic and unique wine list, an extensive menu of shared plates and cocktails from professional mixologists.
 

Ginko Japanese Restaurant

If you are craving authentic Japanese cuisine while staying at the hotel, make a reservation at Ginko Japanese Restaurant, which offers fresh sushi, flavorful meat dishes and other decadent delicacies.
 

Starbucks® Full Service Restaurant

Sip a cup of rich Starbucks® coffee any time of day and sample pastries and other to-go items at our on-site coffee house and restaurant. It's the perfect place for busy people heading to or from the Toronto airport.
 
 
    
 

Additional Accommodations

Please note we will be offering shuttle service between the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport, the Radisson and the Holiday Inn

 

Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport

640 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J1
1 (416) 242-7400
 
The newly renovated Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport lies just an eight-minute shuttle ride from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Surrounded by highways 27, 427 and 401, the hotel offers an ideal starting point for guests exploring Toronto.
 
As an all-suite hotel, the Radisson provides different styles of suites, including some with a separate living area and sleeper sofa. During your stay, unwind with a workout in our fitness centre or stream your favourite show with free Wi-Fi. You can enjoy free Wi-Fi, complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle and a fitness centre.

The Radisson hotel features 216 newly renovated suites, including some with a bedroom, separate living area and sleeper sofa. Relax with free Wi-Fi and an LCD television. All suites include:
 
To reserve your suite, call 1-800-333-3333 or 416-242-7400.  Please note that the OAFC hotel rate is now expired.
 

Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East

600 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J1
(416) 240-7511
 
At the Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Hotel they strive to ensure that a hotel is more than simply a place to sleep while you are travelling. Their mission is to provide you with a home away from home, where no detail is too small when it comes to your comfort and enjoyment. Holiday Inn Toronto Airport East Hotel is pleased to offer a wide variety of services and amenities in each guestroom. All guests enjoy complimentary high speed Internet access, bright and spacious guestrooms offering a sizeable in-room work area to ensure a more productive stay.  In addition, guests will receive at 10% discount in Perkins Restaurant.
 
600 Dixon Rd, Toronto, Ontario  M9W1J1
1 King Room or 2 Queen Beds:  Single/Double Occupancy - $135.00 per night
 
Check in:  3:00pm  Check out:  12:00pm
Parking is offered at a discounted rate at $7.00 per day
 
Reservations:  To reserve, please contact 416-240-7511 and ask to book a reservation under the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs - Group Code: FIR or register online at https://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?
 

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Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites

5875 Airport Road
Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1N1
1 (905) 677-9900
Website:
 
The Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites is located directly across from the Pearson International airport. Each of its guest rooms have a clean and smart design, WiFi and flat screen HDTV's. The hotel is located under flight paths so you can rest peacefully.
 
Anemeties are also plentiful as the Hilton Toronto offers a fitness centre, photocopy printer services, squash room, swiming pool, and business centre just to name a few.
 
As an added bonus OAFC members have a discounted parking rate of $10 per day discounted from the regular $25.00 per day (one vehicle per room).
 
Call 1-905-677-9900 to reserve your room.  Please note the OAFC hotel room rate has now expired.
 
 

UNAUTHORIZED SOLICITATION WARNING REGARDING HOTEL/HOUSING FOR OAFC 2018.


The OAFC has been made aware of unauthorized hotel reservation service providers contacting a number of companies exhibiting at OAFC 2018, using our name and referencing our trade show.  We have not authorized any company to solicit reservations on our behalf.  No other service provider is representing the OAFC, nor has the OAFC authorized them to use your name or our name/trademarks on information they send out to exhibitors. Do not respond to calls from reservation companies or anyone claiming to be from the hotel.  
 
Please note that all hotel reservations should be made by the methods described above from the Delta Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre or the Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport.  
These type of companies offer a pre-paid hotel reservation service and we believe that exhibitors and attendees need to be extremely careful when dealing with them, as substantial booking fees (up to 25% of the booking) are charged, in addition to the hotel price.  These types of companies operate very stringent cancellation policies and are not always transparent on their fees or services upfront.

The following list are unauthorized providers that we are currently aware of. (Please note there may be additional companies of which we are not aware.) If you are contacted by one of the companies listed below that are offering hotel reservation services for OAFC 2018, we urge you to proceed with extreme caution before signing agreements issued by these organizations or others soliciting the same “deals.”
 
  • Convention Hotel Management
  • Convention Housing Services
  • EHS Exhibitors Housing Services
  • Expo Housing/Expo Marketing
  • Room Connections
  • Rooms Connect, Limited
  • Tira Convention Travel Management 
  • Global Corporate Consultants Inc.
  • Global Housing Management
  • Trade Show Housing
  • TravelEra
Please be assured that the OAFC is committed to providing you with quality services to make your Conference experience positive; we will vigorously pursue these organizations to prevent further, unauthorized contact. 
 
If you have any questions or would like to report an incident, please contact Maureen Owens, Events & Trade Show Coordinator, by email at maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca

OAFC 2018 Sponsors

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and its members are indebted to the many sponsors who contribute year-after-year to our annual conference and trade show.  With their continued support, we are able to offer attendees excellent and informative guest speakers, entertaining evening functions, delicious refreshments, improved communications and continued development to services that the OAFC members rely on day-to-day. 
 
Association Sponsor Association Sponsor Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor Association Sponsor
Association Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Sponsor
Networking "FUN
 Raising Night Sponsor
Memorial Reception Sponsor Delgate Bag Sponsor
Conference Note Book Sponsor Lanyard Sponsor Memorial Service Sponsor
Trade Show Front Entrance
Welcome Sponsor
Charging Station Sponsors Prize Sponsor
 
 
We are truly thankful to the following companies and organizations for their support of OAFC 2018!
 
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OAFC 2018 Evening Functions

OAFC 2018 offers two evening functions promoting social opportunities, raising funds for a great cause and networking with your industry colleagues.
 
All evening functions are conveniently located at the conference venue, the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre. 
 

Networking "FUN" Raising Night

Friday, May 4, 2018 from 8pm to 12am
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. and Safetek
Plaza A/B Ballroom
  
 
Conference guests and trade show vendors come together for a fun night of networking and fundraising at this complimentary event.
 
This year, we will be raising money for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF). The event will feature games that'll be sure to spark some competitive fun, as well as a silent auction and raffle, featuring a specially designed fire helmet, trip for two to sunny Boynton Beach, Florida with return airfare from Toronto and a one week stay in a luxury 3 bedroom Townhouse located in Boynton Beach, Florida on the beautiful Intercostal Waterway, a signed Leafs jersey, flat screen TV and other exciting prizes.
 
Help us raise more money than ever for this worthy cause by attending this evening function!  We are extremely grateful to our title sponsors, A.J. Stone Co. Ltd and Safetek for covering all costs of the evening.  In addition, many companies have contributed exciting prizes to both the raffle and silent auction.  We are humbled by the outpouring of support and hope you are planning on attending.
 
100% of all money raised will go directly to the CFFF. 
 
Cost:  Complimentary

Memorial Service & Reception  

Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 7pm to 10pm
Cost: Complimentary
Memorial Service/Program Sponsored by
 
 
Memorial Wine & Cheese Reception Sponsored by
  
 
The OAFC Memorial Service is an annual event held to honour the chief officers who have passed away since our last conference. It is an extremely moving service.  The service has many special guests in attendance.  This year includes the Niagara Falls Colour Guard, the Ontario Fire Service Pipes and Drums and Harbourtown Sound choir. This is our most revered, and well attended event of the year.
 
A reception will follow the service.  The attire is full dress uniform or business dress.
 
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2018 Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program

 
The Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program provides professional development for those who are involved with the operation, and are responsible for, the delivery of fire protection services in a rural or suburban fire/rescue service. This program offers important information and resources to enhance skills, and develop leadership and executive-level knowledge to further excel in your chief officer role.
 
The Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program is on Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2018.  Included in this package:
 
  • Specialized programming on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Keynote presentations on Friday and & Saturday
  • Trade Show 
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day
  • Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  • Memorial Service on Saturday evening.

Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program Draft Agenda

Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:00 OAFC Member Meeting/Breakfast - OAFC Members only Plaza A/B
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Grenfell Tower Fire
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
9:30
2017 London Terrorist Attacks
Tom George, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
Leading in Transition:  Challenges with Recruitment and Retention, Rising Call Volumes, Limited Funding and the Impact of Training Requirements
Dr. Steven Knight, Senior Associate, Fitch & Associates, LLC and Division Chief Ian Womack, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
International A
12:30
Lunch
Plaza C & Foyer
1:30
Suburban/Rural Fire Chiefs: Using Statistics Effectively in Fire and EMS: Continuous Improvement and Communication with Stakeholders
Paul Rottenberg, MBA, MPH
FireStats, LLC.
International A
3:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
4:30
OAFC Member Forum: Tech Table Review of Proposed Regulations - Members Only
Tech Table Members TBA
International A
8:00pm to 12:00pm
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
11:00
Taking Command of Your Personnel Issues
Chief Scott Ferguson and Deputy Chief David Latzner, Murrieta Fire & Rescue
International A
12:30 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
The International Centre
7:00 to 10:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Plaza A/B
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Short & Sweet: Build a Strategic Plan in the Time It Takes to Bake a Cake
Chief Scott Ferguson and Deputy Chief David Latzner, Murrieta Fire & Rescue
International A
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
Humber College Workshop:  Human Resource Management
Erin O'Flynn, Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate Program Instructor
International A
12:30
Lunch
International Foyer
1:30
Humber College Workshop:  Human Resource Management
Erin O'Flynn, Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate Program Instructor
International A
3:00
Departures
International Foyer

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

Grenfell Tower Fire
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade. 

This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.  She has served in a number of different roles and departments, including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high-profile operational incidents, including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017, and in the first six months of her role, led the Brigade during major incidents, including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Preparing For and Responding to a Terrorist Attack
Presented by Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade. 
 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017 including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Director Tom George has been with London Fire Brigade since 1987 when he started as a firefighter. He has worked his way through the ranks and is now the Director of Operations and reports directly to the Commissioner. Director George has a £220m budget and, is responsible for the Brigade's 103 fire stations (including the river station) across the 32 boroughs of London and the City. He is also responsible for Fire Safety (Community Safety and Statutory Fire Safety), all of the Brigade’s Youth Services, Brigade Control and Mobilizing, the Resource Management Centre, the Fire Investigation Team, the Establishment and Performance Team and the Brigade's Central Operations Team. He is a highly experienced ‘Gold’ command officer and has taken charge of numerous challenging and demanding incidents.
 
Leading in Transition:  Challenges with Recruitment and Retention, Rising Call Volumes, Limited Funding and the Impact of Training Requirements
Presented by Dr. Steven Knight, Senior Associate, Fitch & Associates, LLC and Division Chief Ian Womack, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
 
Overview coming soon.
 
Dr. Steven Knight is a Senior Associate for Fitch & Associates.  Dr. Knight has over 20 years of experience in the fire and emergency services and has recently retired as the Assistant Chief of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida, a Master's of Public Administration from Troy State University, and a B.S. in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, Chief Knight is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) and is accredited by the Center for Professional Credentialing as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO). Chief Knight has been awarded the Outstanding Research Award from the United States Fire Administration and the A. Don Manno Award for Excellence in Research from the National Society for Executive Fire Officers. In addition, Steve has served as a team leader, peer assessor and technical advisor for the Center for Public Safety Excellence, as well as the accreditation manager for St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. Finally, Dr. Knight is an affiliate faculty member with the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine.
 
Division Chief Ian Womack has over 15 years of experience in the fire and emergency services and is currently serving as the Rescue Division Chief for St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue.  Ian has an Associate's degree in Fire Science and is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Petersburg College. Chief Womack previously served in the Safety and Training Division where he successfully managed the training programs and curriculum development necessary to support cutting edge concepts in firefighter safety and fireground tactics for the modern fire environment. Chief Womack is an experienced and dynamic presenter who seamlessly integrates the most current research into real world practice providing the necessary knowledge to shape fire service policy.
 
Suburban/Rural Fire Chiefs:  Using Statistics Effectively in Fire: Continuous Improvement and Communication with Stakeholders
Presented by Paul Rottenberg, MBA, MPH, FireStats, LLC.
 
Who needs statistics? Everyone! Everyone wants to make their point; but how do we avoid appearing as if we’ve cherrypicked data? How do we avoid looking biased? How damaging can these impressions be to our arguments and how do we even know if we are communicating bias? Speaking of bias, are the things we think are true really supported by our own data? Do our arguments make sense when examined critically with statistics? Speaker Paul Rottenberg will discuss the fundamentals of statistics usage in Fire and EMS for continuous improvement initiatives and basic performance measurement. Also addressed will be ways to recognize and avoid the pitfalls of bias and how to choose the right statistics to objectively make your point.
 
Paul Rottenberg is the president of FireStats, LLC. He has been performing statistical analyses for municipal fire departments since 1999 and has been working for over 30 years as a consultant to business and government, providing analysis and public policy support to cities, special districts, and public contractors throughout the United States.
 
Paul has a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from the University of California at Los Angeles, and he has an MBA from the University of San Francisco with a concentration in management and international business. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University, as well as having taken additional undergraduate studies in foreign language at the University of California, Berkeley and economics Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  Paul spent 10 years as a paid-call firefighter/apparatus operator/EMT with two municipal combination fire departments in Northern California. He is a designated subject matter expert in deployment analysis at the US National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, teaches regularly in curriculum he created on data analysis and performance measurement for the fire service, and works as a consultant to fire departments on performance and deployment analysis.
 
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Presented by Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
 
Don’t you know at least one person who easily connects with almost everyone she or he meets? These natural rapport-builders are able to create a sense of trust and understanding practically instantly. Imagine how powerful it would be to your professional (and personal) life if you knew the verbal and non-verbal secrets that the greatest leaders, top sales people, and highly regarded corporate titans use regularly to break down barriers to and build up trust? After all, research has shown that when we have rapport with someone, previously locked-doors will suddenly open for you, because that person wants to help YOU be successful!
 
In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you’ll learn to get support for your proposals and ideas when you increase the one skill that always makes the top of the list when predicting likability; influence others using an easy-to-master, 200-year-old, technique; turn good relationships with your staff and suppliers into dangerously awesome relationships and use “The Belly Button Rule,” “The 3 Power Zones,” and “Move Your Body, Move Your Mind” success moves to increase your perceived value and decrease stress.
 
Imagine the impact you will have on others when you are inspired to look at the world differently. Come early and grab a good seat to experience the exciting and inspiring NY Times best selling author and award winning Speaker, Janine Driver!
 
JANINE DRIVER is the New York Times Best Selling author of YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK (Random House), and most recently YOU CAN'T LIE TO ME (HarperOne), popular keynote speaker, media expert for NBC's TODAY Show, 20/20, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Katie, Dr. Drew on HLN, and the Dr. Oz Show, and she's the founder, president, and lead instructor for the Body Language Institute (BLI). BLI is an elite certification program that offers award-winning advanced communications training that help executives, sales and other professionals build executive presence, explode their selling skills, and create and deliver business presentations that win new business. Janine and her team of the world's most sought after subject matter experts have helped clients become the total leader, which ultimately led them to win millions of dollars in new business contracts. 
 
Janine's background includes being a federal law enforcement officer within the United States Department of Justice for fifteen years, where she trained over 60,000 lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers within the ATF, CIA, FBI, and the Netherlands Police how to read body language and detect deception. Each week, Janine travels the country providing communications training to her clients, who include such companies and associations as AOL, Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, P&G Diversity Group, SHRM, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NIKE, FM Global, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Australian Embassy (diversity), Lockheed Martin, SHRM, Harvard University-Institute of Politics, The Hard Rock Hotels, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) global, STIHL, ABC Supply, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Planet Land Care Network, Meeting Professionals International, and the Certified Contractors Network - just to name a few! In addition, Janine is an approved speaker for Vistage, a worldwide leadership company that help senior executives take their careers-and their companies-to a higher level!
 
Taking Command of Your Personnel Issues
Presented by Chief Scott Ferguson and Deputy Chief David Latzner, Murrieta Fire & Rescue
 
It seems that all organizations have employees who have pulled pranks, violated polices, and blurred institutional codes. Over the course of a career, company officers are sure to face a lot of these situations; some rooted in little more than bad taste; others may end a career or volunteer position. The challenge is that, even with a full measure of courage, these officers are not always provided the tools necessary to address these personnel issues before they become progressively unmanageable.  Using a series of videos, case studies, frank conversation and a little fun, this class uses an ICS decision-making model to build a foundation from which good personnel decisions can be made with confidence.
 
As part of three generations of firefighters, Chief Scott Ferguson has been a member of the fire service for just over 35 years. He spent the majority of his career in Vancouver, Washington, with stops in Peoria, Arizona as the Deputy Chief of Operations, and in Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica as Fire Chief, before finding a home as Murrieta’s Chief in 2015.
 
Chief Ferguson earned his Fire Science Diploma from Bates Vocational Technical Institute in Tacoma, Washington and his AAS in Business Administration from Clark Community College.  He also received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Eastern Oregon University and his Master’s Degree in Management Psychology from Wayland Baptist University in 2005.  He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, is an accredited Chief Fire Officer (CFO), and completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program in 2012.
 
Chief Ferguson is a past president of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association and the Riverside County Fire Chief’s Associations. Chief Ferguson's active in his community, has sat on a number of boards and commissions, and is a frequent trainer and guest speaker.
 
Deputy Chief David Lantzer broke into the fire service in 1987.  He has been with Murrieta Fire & Rescue for two years.  Prior to that, he has served as fire chief for the communities of Holtville (2004-2008) and Hermosa Beach (2008-2015). David cut his teeth in Calexico from 1990 to 2004. There, he served as a firefighter/paramedic, acting engineer, and captain.
 
Deputy Chief Lantzer earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach. He has also graduated from the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy, the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy, and is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing (part of the Center for Public Safety Excellence).
 
Deputy Chief Lantzer has served as the president of the Imperial Valley Fire Chiefs Association and Secretary of the Los Angeles Fire Chiefs Association.
 
Learn to Build a Strategic Plan in the Time it Takes to Bake a Cake
Presented by Chief Scott Ferguson and Deputy Chief David Latzner, Murrieta Fire & Rescue
 
It is no secret that creating a strategic plan has become the core of a good fire department business model. The end product is intended to provide both focus and a dialog from which to share organizational priorities, funding needs, and accountability. It can also be confusing, time consuming, and a have little more value than a paper weight if the process is not managed properly.
 
This presentation answers the question, “why bother,” by sharing a very simple and practical approach to building a functional strategic, user-friendly work plan. It also reflects on why these plans are so important in developing and maintaining organizational credibility.
 
Human Resource Management
Presented by Erin O’Flynn, Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate Program Instructor
 
This workshop is designed as an overview of your responsibilities as it relates to some key human resources activities in the workplace.  We will look at some strategies on how to deal with them and enhance employee engagement.  We will look at some of the risks when best people practices are not followed, fair and equitable promotional processes, dealing with bullying and harassment, and progressive discipline.  The session will provide some insight into where there are organizational vulnerabilities and how it impacts your leadership when HR issues are ignored.


This workshop is a condensed version of the HR Management course that is part of the Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate.

Erin O'Flynn has extensive human resources experience in both public and private sector industries primarily in unionized environments. She has held senior level roles in human resources and has been responsible for labour relations, employee relations, policy development, health and safety, workforce planning, talent management, acquisitions, training and leading project initiatives.  In her career, Erin was responsible for developing due diligence around human capital for 2 acquisitions as well as various change initiatives.  She was Chief Negotiator for local collective bargaining with CUPE, ONA and UFCW.   Erin also teaches a course at Humber College on HR Management for the Fire Certificate Program.

Erin has strong skills in project management, contract negotiation, facilitation, change management, organizational development and communication.  With a focus on strategic development of the HR function, Erin is always working on establishing new initiatives for employee development and enhancing the employee value proposition.

Erin has a Master's in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Labour Relations from Brock University.  She also has an Advanced Certificate in Human Resources from the Industrial Relations Program at Queen’s University.

 

Registration Information

The registration rate for the Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program is $550.00 for OAFC members and $600.00 for non-members.  Those who are registered in the Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program can add on the "Thursday Session" of the Fire Service Health & Safety Program for an extra $155.00.  Chief officers registered for this program are permitted to attend a different session, if they so choose, on the days of this program, providing the other session is not full, and the OAFC event team is notified.
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 for the trade show every 20 minutes between the hotel and The International Centre.
 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE SUBURBAN/RURAL CHIEF OFFICER PROGRAM!

 
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2018 Urban Chief Officer Program

 
The Urban Chief Officer Program provides professional development for those who are involved in the operation, and are responsible for the delivery of fire protection services in an urban community. The program offers important information and resources to enhance skills, and develop leadership and executive-level knowledge to further excel in your chief officer role.
 
The Urban Chief Officer Program is on Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, May 5, 2018.  Included in this package:
 
  • Specialized programming on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • Keynote presentations on Friday and Saturday
  • Trade Show
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day
  • Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  • Memorial Service on Saturday evening

Urban Officer Program Draft Agenda

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
In Exploration in Cutting Edge Research:  What Implications Exist to Our Critical Tasking and Standards of Cover?
Dr. Steven Knight, Senior Associate
Fitch & Associates, LLC and Division Chief Ian Womack, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
International B
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
Equality and Diversity Workshop
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
International B
12:30
Lunch
International Foyer
1:30
Urban Chiefs:  Using Statistics Effectively in Fire and EMS: Continuous Improvement and Communication with Stakeholders
Paul Rottenberg, MBA, MPH, FireStats, LLC.
International B
3:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
4:00
Bargaining Update Stephanie Jeronimo, Hicks Morley
International B
Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:00 OAFC Member Meeting/Breakfast - OAFC Members only Plaza A/B
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Grenfell Tower Fire 
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
9:30
2017 London Terrorist Attacks
Tom George, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
11:00 to 4:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
The International Centre
4:30 OAFC Member Forum: Tech Table Review of Proposed Regulations - Members Only Tech Table Members TBA International A
8:00pm to 12:00pm
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
Psychological Screening in the Fire and Emergency Services
Dr. Lori Gray, Frontline Resilience
International B
12:30
Lunch
International Foyer
1:30
Humber Workshop:  Performance Management
Erin O'Flynn, Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate Program Instructor
International B
3:00
Coffee Break
International Foyer
3:30
Humber Workshop:  Performance Management
Erin O'Flynn, Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate Program Instructor
International B
7:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Plaza A/B/C
 

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

In Exploration in Cutting Edge Research:  What Implications Exist to Our Critical Tasking and Standards of Cover?
Presented by Dr. Steven Knight, Senior Associate, Fitch & Associates, LLC and Division Chief Ian Womack, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
 
This presentation will focus on aligning organizational deployment with the modern fire environment and its associated research.  A growing body of new knowledge directly impacts the resource requirements necessary to successfully mitigate fire and EMS events.  This presentation will effectively illustrate how this research has implications for critical tasking and Standards of Cover.
 
Objective 1: Participants will be presented, and have an opportunity through discussion, to understand what relevant new research is available and what its impact is on current deployment and fireground policy making.
 
Objective 2: After presentation and discussion, participants will be able to appropriately apply a new body of knowledge to their allocation of resources.
 
Objective 3: Participants will be able to assess their critical tasking and Standards of Cover in light of today's modern fire environment, and evidence-based clinical research, through the application of cutting edge science.
 
Dr. Steven Knight is a Senior Associate for Fitch & Associates.  Dr. Knight has over 20 years of experience in the fire and emergency services and has recently retired as the Assistant Chief of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida, a Master's of Public Administration from Troy State University, and a B.S. in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, Chief Knight is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) and is accredited by the Center for Professional Credentialing as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO). Chief Knight has been awarded the Outstanding Research Award from the United States Fire Administration and the A. Don Manno Award for Excellence in Research from the National Society for Executive Fire Officers. In addition, Steve has served as a team leader, peer assessor and technical advisor for the Center for Public Safety Excellence, as well as the accreditation manager for St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. Finally, Dr. Knight is an affiliate faculty member with the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine.
 
Division Chief Ian Womack has over 15 years of experience in the fire and emergency services and is currently serving as the Rescue Division Chief for St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue.  Ian has an Associate's degree in Fire Science and is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Petersburg College. Chief Womack previously served in the Safety and Training Division where he successfully managed the training programs and curriculum development necessary to support cutting edge concepts in firefighter safety and fireground tactics for the modern fire environment. Chief Womack is an experienced and dynamic presenter who seamlessly integrates the most current research into real world practice providing the necessary knowledge to shape fire service policy.
 
Equality and Diversity Workshop
Presented by Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
 
Creating a service that properly reflects the community we serve is one of Commissioner Dany Cotton’s key objectives. As the first woman Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade (LFB) Dany will share her experiences and LFB’s learning, share the difficulties we have gone through and the challenges we have met to change attitudes and culture. Those present will benefit from the knowledge and experiences and learn how Dany will continue to be a leader of beneficial change within the United Kingdom Fire and Rescue Service.
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.
 
She has served in a number of different roles and departments including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high profile operational incidents including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017 and in the first six months of her role led the Brigade during major incidents including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Urban Chiefs:  Using Statistics Effectively in Fire and EMS: Continuous Improvement and Communication with Stakeholders
Presented by Paul Rottenberg, MBA, MPH, FireStats, LLC.
 
Who needs statistics? Everyone! Everyone wants to make their point; but how do we avoid appearing as if we’ve cherrypicked data? How do we avoid looking biased? How damaging can these impressions be to our arguments and how do we even know if we are communicating bias? Speaking of bias, are the things we think are true really supported by our own data? Do our arguments make sense when examined critically with statistics? Speaker Paul Rottenberg will discuss the fundamentals of statistics usage in Fire and EMS for continuous improvement initiatives and basic performance measurement. Also addressed will be ways to recognize and avoid the pitfalls of bias and how to choose the right statistics to objectively make your point.
 
Paul Rottenberg is the president of FireStats, LLC. He has been performing statistical analyses for municipal fire departments since 1999 and has been working for over 30 years as a consultant to business and government, providing analysis and public policy support to cities, special districts, and public contractors throughout the United States.
 
Paul has a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from the University of California at Los Angeles, and he has an MBA from the University of San Francisco with a concentration in management and international business. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University, as well as having taken additional undergraduate studies in foreign language at the University of California, Berkeley and economics Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.  Paul spent 10 years as a paid-call firefighter/apparatus operator/EMT with two municipal combination fire departments in Northern California. He is a designated subject matter expert in deployment analysis at the US National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, teaches regularly in curriculum he created on data analysis and performance measurement for the fire service, and works as a consultant to fire departments on performance and deployment analysis.
 
Bargaining Update
Presented by Stephanie Jeronimo, Hicks Morely
 
Stephanie Jeronimo is a labour and employment lawyer at Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Stephanie advises and represents both public and private sector employers on a wide range of labour and employment matters, including labour relations and collective bargaining, human rights matters, wrongful dismissal litigation, pay equity, employment standards and workplace safety and insurance issues.


Stephanie regularly works with municipal employers, and has developed a particular expertise in the emergency services and fire sectors. She advises municipalities, both in relation to fire fighter and paramedic matters and on general labour relations and accommodation issues. She has represented municipalities at the bargaining table, interest arbitrations and rights arbitrations. Stephanie has also negotiated reasonable settlements of wrongful dismissals on behalf of neighborhood improvement service providers, community legal clinics, municipalities and private companies.

Stephanie appears before labour arbitrators, the Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court, the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. She is also a frequent speaker on human resources law.

 
Grenfell Tower Fire
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade

This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.  She has served in a number of different roles and departments, including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high-profile operational incidents, including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017, and in the first six months of her role, led the Brigade during major incidents, including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Preparing For and Responding to a Terrorist Attack
Presented by Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade
 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017 including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Director Tom George has been with London Fire Brigade since 1987 when he started as a firefighter. He has worked his way through the ranks and is now the Director of Operations and reports directly to the Commissioner. Director George has a £220m budget and, is responsible for the Brigade's 103 fire stations (including the river station) across the 32 boroughs of London and the City. He is also responsible for Fire Safety (Community Safety and Statutory Fire Safety), all of the Brigade’s Youth Services, Brigade Control and Mobilizing, the Resource Management Centre, the Fire Investigation Team, the Establishment and Performance Team and the Brigade's Central Operations Team. He is a highly experienced ‘Gold’ command officer and has taken charge of numerous challenging and demanding incidents.
 
Psychological Screening in the Fire and Emergency Services
Presented by Dr. Lori Gray, Clinical, Forensic and Rehabilitation Psychologist.
 
This session will focus on the application of psychological screening in employment settings, with a specific focus on the fire and emergency services. The session will review types of psychological screening, process for psychological screening, considerations for employers, information gleaned from psychological screening, and limitations of psychological screening.
 
Dr. Lori Gray is a clinical, forensic, and rehabilitation psychologist whose focus has been on supporting our first responders and helping professionals. She provides consultation, crisis support, and education for the emergency services and high trauma sectors. Her background includes experiences such as the staff psychologist for one of the largest paramedic services in Canada, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Psychological Trauma Program and the Law and Mental Health Program), Detroit Receiving Hospital (level one trauma centre in inner city Detroit), Ministry of the Attorney General, Correctional Service of Canada, and postsecondary teaching. She has received the Future Pioneers of Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association, Early Career Achievement Award from the Canadian Psychological Association Traumatic Stress Section, Odyssey Early Career Achievement Award and GLAD Award for Teaching and Mentorship from the University of Windsor, and other awards from agencies such as the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Canadian Psychological Association, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Gray has served on multiple advisory boards and serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Board of Directors for the Ontario Psychological Association, and as a Clinical Advisor for Project Trauma Support.
 
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Presented by Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
 
Don’t you know at least one person who easily connects with almost everyone she or he meets? These natural rapport-builders are able to create a sense of trust and understanding practically instantly. Imagine how powerful it would be to your professional (and personal) life if you knew the verbal and non-verbal secrets that the greatest leaders, top sales people, and highly regarded corporate titans use regularly to break down barriers to and build up trust? After all, research has shown that when we have rapport with someone, previously locked-doors will suddenly open for you, because that person wants to help YOU be successful!
 
In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you’ll learn to get support for your proposals and ideas when you increase the one skill that always makes the top of the list when predicting likability; influence others using an easy-to-master, 200-year-old, technique; turn good relationships with your staff and suppliers into dangerously awesome relationships and use “The Belly Button Rule,” “The 3 Power Zones,” and “Move Your Body, Move Your Mind” success moves to increase your perceived value and decrease stress.
 
Imagine the impact you will have on others when you are inspired to look at the world differently. Come early and grab a good seat to experience the exciting and inspiring NY Times best selling author and award winning Speaker, Janine Driver!
 
JANINE DRIVER is the New York Times Best Selling author of YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK (Random House), and most recently YOU CAN'T LIE TO ME (HarperOne), popular keynote speaker, media expert for NBC's TODAY Show, 20/20, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Katie, Dr. Drew on HLN, and the Dr. Oz Show, and she's the founder, president, and lead instructor for the Body Language Institute (BLI). BLI is an elite certification program that offers award-winning advanced communications training that help executives, sales and other professionals build executive presence, explode their selling skills, and create and deliver business presentations that win new business. Janine and her team of the world's most sought after subject matter experts have helped clients become the total leader, which ultimately led them to win millions of dollars in new business contracts. 
 
Janine's background includes being a federal law enforcement officer within the United States Department of Justice for fifteen years, where she trained over 60,000 lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers within the ATF, CIA, FBI, and the Netherlands Police how to read body language and detect deception. Each week, Janine travels the country providing communications training to her clients, who include such companies and associations as AOL, Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, P&G Diversity Group, SHRM, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NIKE, FM Global, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Australian Embassy (diversity), Lockheed Martin, SHRM, Harvard University-Institute of Politics, The Hard Rock Hotels, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) global, STIHL, ABC Supply, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Planet Land Care Network, Meeting Professionals International, and the Certified Contractors Network - just to name a few! In addition, Janine is an approved speaker for Vistage, a worldwide leadership company that help senior executives take their careers-and their companies-to a higher level!
 
Humber Workshop:  Performance Management
Presented by Erin O'Flynn, Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate Program Instructor
 
This four-hour condensed workshop will focus on performance analysis, counselling, coaching, constructive feedback, conflict resolution, performance management systems and overall strategies for performance management in a unionized fire service.  Participants will be provided with a certificate following the workshop. 
 
This session will look at performance management in a progressive, unionized setting.  Can you achieve a performance management environment?  How to overcome resistance to performance management?  How can Managers coach employees for high performance and development?  In this workshop we will take a look at some of the issues in managing employee’s performance and how to overcome them while enhancing relations with the union.
 
Erin O'Flynn has extensive human resources experience in both public and private sector industries primarily in unionized environments. She has held senior level roles in human resources and has been responsible for labour relations, employee relations, policy development, health and safety, workforce planning, talent management, acquisitions, training and leading project initiatives.  In her career, Erin was responsible for developing due diligence around human capital for 2 acquisitions as well as various change initiatives.  She was Chief Negotiator for local collective bargaining with CUPE, ONA and UFCW.   Erin also teaches a course at Humber College on HR Management for the Fire Certificate Program.


Erin has strong skills in project management, contract negotiation, facilitation, change management, organizational development and communication.  With a focus on strategic development of the HR function, Erin is always working on establishing new initiatives for employee development and enhancing the employee value proposition.

Erin has a Master's in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Labour Relations from Brock University.  She also has an Advanced Certificate in Human Resources from the Industrial Relations Program at Queen’s University.

Registration Information

The registration fee for the Urban Chief Officer Program is $550.00 for OAFC members and $600.00 for non-members.  Chief officers registered for this program are permitted to attend a different session, if they so choose, on the days of this program, providing the other session is not full.
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 for the trade show, every 20 minutes between the hotel and The International Centre.
 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE URBAN CHIEF OFFICER PROGRAM!

 
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Fire Service Health & Safety Program

The Fire Service Health & Safety Program addresses topics that are at the forefront of health and safety in the fire service.  The goal is to provide information, resources and training to help reduce the number of preventable injuries in a fire and emergency service. This includes culture and leadership focus on safety in every aspect of the job, as well as physical and mental health fitness. 
 
The program is relevant to anyone working in a fire department, whether full-time or volunteer. The program takes a more interactive approach by allowing participants to be actively involved in the presentations, and receiving “straight talk” on the important health/safety issues in a modern day fire service.
 
The Fire Service Health & Safety Program is on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 2018 and includes the following,
 
  • Customized programming on firefighter health and safety
  • Keynote presentations Friday
  • Trade Show on Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all days
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday and Memorial Service on Saturday

Fire Service Health & Safety Program Draft Agenda

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Fire Services Section 21 Update
Rob Grimwood, Fire Chief & CEMC
Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services, OAFC
Management Co-Chair, Section 21 Committee
Plaza A/B
9:00
Practical Decontamination:  A Panel Discussion
Chief Mark Pankhurst, Kawartha Lakes, Chief Jason Whitely, North Bay and Chief John Hay, Thunder Bay
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
Risk Reduction in Training
Timothy Metcalfe, CRSP, EMCA, Fire Services Specialist/EMS Specialist
Public Services Health & Safety Association
International C
12:30
Lunch
International Foyer
1:15
A Review of Past and Present Studies on Firefighters’ Toxic Exposures
Jennifer Keir, Research Technician, University of Ottawa
International C
2:45
In Search of a Culture of Safety: An exploration in decision making
Dr. Steven Knight, Senior Associate, Fitch & Associates, LLC and
Division Chief Ian Womack, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
International C
3:45
Coffee Break
International Foyer
4:00
Introduction and Update from the Chief Prevention Officer, Ministry of Labour
Ron Kelusky, CPO, Prevention Office, Ministry of Labour
International C
Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:00 OAFC Member Meeting/Breakfast - OAFC Members only Plaza A/B
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Grenfell Tower Fire
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
9:30
2017 London Terrorist Attacks
Tom George, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
11:00
Occupational Health and Safety Changes in Ontario
What you Might be on the Hook For!
Timothy Metcalfe, CRSP, EMCA, Fire Services Specialist/EMS Specialist
Public Services Health & Safety Association
 
12:00-4:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
The International Centre
4:30 OAFC Member Forum: Tech Table Review of Proposed Regulations - Members Only Tech Table Members TBA International A
8:00pm to 12:00pm
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
 

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

Fire Services Section 21 Update
Presented by Rob Grimwood, Fire Chief & CEMC, Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services, OAFC Management Co-Chair, Section 21 Committee
 
This presentation will provide an update from the Section 21 Committee on the recent committee work, new and revised Section 21 Guidance Notes and discuss new and emerging fire service health and safety trends.
 
Rob is the Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator for the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire & Emergency Services is comprised of five stations, 15 apparatus, 110 volunteer firefighters and responds to approximately 650 calls annually. Rob started his career as a volunteer firefighter in Niagara-on-the-Lake 22 years ago and has served as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain and assistant district chief prior to his promotion to fire chief. In addition to his time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Rob served for 10 years as the Fire & Paramedic Services Chief for Haldimand County.
 
Prior to that he worked as a career firefighter with the Toronto Fire Services and as a paramedic with Niagara EMS.  Rob is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Emergency Services Management Program, the Ontario Fire College and the New York State Academy of Fire Science.
 
Rob has been a member of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee since 2015 and was recently appointed as the management co-chair on behalf of the OAFC.
 
Risk Reduction in Training
Presented by Tim Metcalfe, PSHA
 
In this presentation we review the legislation and best practice requirements of fire service training in Ontario.   Examples and inquest recommendations will be applied to section 21 guidance notes providing the participant with detailed understanding of why additional precautions are to be followed during practical training evolutions.
 
Tim brings over thirty years of experience in the Ambulance and Fire Services. During this time Tim spent many years training in the fire service and college fire programs. This led to a specialization in the last ten years in Occupational Health and Safety and Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) for Toronto Fire Services. In addition to the Company Officer and Training Officer Programs at the Ontario Fire College, Tim also completed IPAC course at Centennial College, OH&S at Ryerson University, Hazardous Material Operations and the National Chemical Biological Radiologic Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) advanced level, Incident Safety Officer Instructor and Road 2 Mental Readiness (R2MR) Instructor.  In 2013 Tim received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medial in 2013 for his involvement in two WSIB research projects exploring metabolic heat management for emergency services workers.
 
Tim is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) currently works for Public Service Health and Safety as the Fire/EMS Specialist.
 
The Science Behind Firefighters’ Toxic Exposures: A Review of Past and Present Studies
Presented by Jennifer Keir, Research Technician, University of Ottawa
 
This session will provide an overview of past and current research investigating firefighters’ exposures to toxic chemicals. Details and results of the University of Ottawa study which assessed Ottawa firefighters’ chemical exposures during real, emergency fire events will be described. Greater knowledge and understanding of the findings from in-field, scientific studies will allow attendees to improve and reinforce procedures that reduce firefighters’ exposures, ultimately reducing illness, disease, and injury.
 
Jennifer was the lead author of the first study to assess firefighters’ exposures to toxic chemicals during emergency fires using before-and-after samples, published in 2017. She has delivered multiple presentations on firefighters’ exposures, including at the International Firefighters’ Instructors Workshop and International Congress of Toxicology, and was an instructor at LCFD’s ‘2017 Honoring Tradition Leading Change’ intensive training course, Firehouse Expo, and Firehouse World. Jennifer has degrees in Chemistry and Health Science from the University of Western Ontario, as well a Master of Science degree specializing in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology from the University of Ottawa. She is currently a researcher at the University of Ottawa in the Environmental Tracers & Contaminants Laboratory.
 
In Search of a Culture of Safety: An exploration in decision making.
Presented by Dr. Steven Knight, Senior Associate, Fitch & Associates, LLC and Division Chief Ian Womack, St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
 
Do we have a culture of safety or a culture of rhetoric?  This presentation will candidly discuss some of our successes and failures in improving firefighter health and safety.  Specifically, we will discuss how our own decision making processes predispose us to make decisions differently based on inherent risk, our perception of possible outcomes, and how we anchor or frame our thoughts.  This presentation will be delivered through an interactive discussion that is primarily lecture based and supported by relevant and timely research, videos, humor, and real world examples.
 
Leadership doesn’t have an assigned rank.  This presentation is as beneficial for chief officers as it is for line firefighters.  This presentation will be delivered through an interactive discussion that is primarily lecture based and supported by relevant and timely research, videos, humor, and real world examples. This presentation will be divided into approximately three 30-minute sessions that cover.
 
  • How are we doing so far in creating a culture of safety?
  • How do we make decisions and how does that change with the situation?
  • How do we craft our messages in the future for maximum benefit?
Learning Objective 1: Participants will be presented, and have an opportunity through discussion to understand the current state of the safety movement.
 
Learning Objective 2: After presentation and discussion, participants will be able to understand how we make decisions and how we change our mode of operandi based on the environment.
 
Learning Objective 3: Participants will obtain strategies for managing the leadership and change processes necessary for creating the desired culture of safety and ultimately improve firefighter health and safety on the fireground.
 
Dr. Steven Knight is a Senior Associate for Fitch & Associates.  Dr. Knight has over 20 years of experience in the fire and emergency services and has recently retired as the Assistant Chief of St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida, a Master's of Public Administration from Troy State University, and a B.S. in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, Chief Knight is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) and is accredited by the Center for Professional Credentialing as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO). Chief Knight has been awarded the Outstanding Research Award from the United States Fire Administration and the A. Don Manno Award for Excellence in Research from the National Society for Executive Fire Officers. In addition, Steve has served as a team leader, peer assessor, and technical advisor for the Center for Public Safety Excellence as well as the accreditation manager for St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue. Finally, Dr. Knight is an affiliate faculty member with the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine.
 
Division Chief Ian Womack has over 15 years of experience in the fire and emergency services and is currently serving as the Rescue Division Chief for St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue.  Ian has an Associate's degree in Fire Science and is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Petersburg College. Chief Womack previously served in the Safety and Training Division where he successfully managed the training programs and curriculum development necessary to support cutting edge concepts in firefighter safety and fireground tactics for the modern fire environment. Chief Womack is an experienced and dynamic presenter who seamlessly integrates the most current research into real world practice providing the necessary knowledge to shape fire service policy.
 
Introduction and Update from the Chief Prevention Officer, Ministry of Labour
Presented by Ron Kelusky, CPO, Prevention Office, Ministry of Labour
 
Ontario’s recently appointed Chief Prevention Officer will provide his insights and observations of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety System. His presentation will examine the complex nature of how Occupational Health and Safety is administered in Ontario, its complexity and where opportunities for continued evolution exists. He will also address some of the emerging trends occurring across the health and safety spectrum and provide thoughts on how we can effectively manage the future.

Ron Kelusky is Ontario's new Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). The CPO oversees the Prevention Office within the Ministry of Labour, and has a wide range of responsibilities, including:
 
  • Working with Ontario's health and safety system partners to prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities
  • Reporting to the Minister of Labour on the performance of Ontario's occupational health and safety system through an Annual Report
  • Setting province-wide training and safety programs standards
  • The establishment and implementation of a new provincial occupational health and safety strategy
Prior to his appointment as CPO, Ron was President and CEO of Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA), a Health and Safety Association of the Ministry of Labour. Before joining PSHSA, Ron held senior positions within the private and not for profit sectors and in municipal government. Ron holds a Master of Business Administration, is a Certified Municipal Manager (CMM III) and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Canadian Society of Safety Engineers.
 
Grenfell Tower Fire
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade

This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.  She has served in a number of different roles and departments, including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high-profile operational incidents, including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017, and in the first six months of her role, led the Brigade during major incidents, including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Preparing For and Responding to a Terrorist Attack
Presented by Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade
 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017 including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Director Tom George has been with London Fire Brigade since 1987 when he started as a firefighter. He has worked his way through the ranks and is now the Director of Operations and reports directly to the Commissioner. Director George has a £220m budget and, is responsible for the Brigade's 103 fire stations (including the river station) across the 32 boroughs of London and the City. He is also responsible for Fire Safety (Community Safety and Statutory Fire Safety), all of the Brigade’s Youth Services, Brigade Control and Mobilizing, the Resource Management Centre, the Fire Investigation Team, the Establishment and Performance Team and the Brigade's Central Operations Team. He is a highly experienced ‘Gold’ command officer and has taken charge of numerous challenging and demanding incidents.
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Fire Service Health and Safety Program is $375.00 plus HST.  Those who are participating in the Suburban/Rural Chief Officer Program can add the Thursday of this program for an extra $155.00
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating for the trade show on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 

REGISTER FOR THE FIRE SERVICE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAM NOW!

 
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Training Officers Program

In partnership with the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers (OAFTO), the Training Officer’s Program includes a variety of training resources, information, new and innovative ideas relevant to today’s fire training officers. The program is delivered by high profile instructors, speaking on the most current hot topics in fire training.  This program offers the perfect opportunity to build a communications network to share best practices and resources with other training professionals.
 
The Training Officers Program is on Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2018 and includes the following,
 
  • Customized programming tailored to training officers
  • Keynote presentations on Friday and Saturday
  • Trade Show on Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all days
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday and Memorial Service on Saturday

Training Officers Program Draft Agenda

Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Grenfell Tower Fire
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
9:30
2017 London Terrorist Attacks
Tom George, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
2018 Fire Instructor Update - Problems Facing Today’s Instructors - Live Fire to Millennials
Brian P. Kazmierzak
Mississauga A/B
12:30
Lunch
Plaza C & Foyer
1:30
2018 Fire Instructor Update - Problems Facing Today’s Instructors - Live Fire to Millennials
Brian P. Kazmierzak
Mississauga A/B
3:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
4:00
2018 Fire Instructor Update - Problems Facing Today’s Instructors - Live Fire to Millennials
Brian P. Kazmierzak
Mississauga A/B
8:00pm to 12:00pm
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
12:30 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
The International Centre
7:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Plaza A/B/C
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
The Fire Service Instructor: Leading Change Through Training
Devon Wells, Vice President, ISFSI
Mississauga A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
OAFTO Business Meeting
 
Mississauga A/B
12:00
Departures
 
Mississauga A/B
 

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

Grenfell Tower Fire
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade

This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.  She has served in a number of different roles and departments, including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high-profile operational incidents, including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017, and in the first six months of her role, led the Brigade during major incidents, including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Preparing For and Responding to a Terrorist Attack
Presented by Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade
 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017 including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Director Tom George has been with London Fire Brigade since 1987 when he started as a firefighter. He has worked his way through the ranks and is now the Director of Operations and reports directly to the Commissioner. Director George has a £220m budget and, is responsible for the Brigade's 103 fire stations (including the river station) across the 32 boroughs of London and the City. He is also responsible for Fire Safety (Community Safety and Statutory Fire Safety), all of the Brigade’s Youth Services, Brigade Control and Mobilizing, the Resource Management Centre, the Fire Investigation Team, the Establishment and Performance Team and the Brigade's Central Operations Team. He is a highly experienced ‘Gold’ command officer and has taken charge of numerous challenging and demanding incidents.
 
2018 Fire Instructor Update - Problems Facing Today’s Instructors - Live Fire to Millennials
Presented by Brian P. Kazmierzak
 
This class will focus on the issues facing the fire service instructor of today.  We will look at the Millennials and the challenges they bring to the table as well as the strengths they can add to our organization.  Additionally we will look at new training focuses such as the Rescue Task Force model and how we need to incorporate this type of training in our organizations.  We will also discussion incorporating UL/NIST/ISFSI Research into our live fire training.
 
Brian P. Kazmierzak, EFO, CTO, has been a member of the fire service since 1991. Brian is currently employed by the Penn Twp. Fire Dept. in Mishawaka, Indiana as battalion chief on C-Shift and also the chief of training. He was a founding member of the MABAS Division 201 Tactical Rescue Team, and currently serves as a Team Leader, MABAS 201 TRT provides technical rescue response using a coordinated system of six fire departments, serving a nine-county area in Indiana and Michigan. Brian has an Associate degree in Emergency Services Administration from Indiana University, an Associate degree in Fire Science from Ivy Tech State College and a Bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from Southern Illinois University. In addition, Brian completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in 2006 and is a CPSE credentialed chief taining officer.

He serves Director of Operations for www.firefighterclosecalls.com where he runs the day to day operations of the leading fire service safety and training website along with publishing THE SECRET LIST and recently launched the website www.ModernFireBehavior.com with Firefighter Close Calls and the UL FSRI. Brian was the recipient of the 2006 F.O.O.L.S. International Dana Hannon Instructor of the Year Award, the 2008 Indiana Fire Chiefs Training Officer of the Year Award Recipient and the 2011 Fire Engineering / ISFSI George D. Post International Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award at FDIC. Brian was in the original Blue Card Hazard Zone Management Instructor Course (www.bluecardcommand.com) and served as Blue Card Instructor and program contributor for Version 2 of the online program. He is a member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Indiana Fire Instructors Association, Michiana FOOLS and has served as a Peer Assessor and Team Leader for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Brian is also a partner in the website www.TheTrainingOfficer.com as well as running his own company – KAZ-FIRE – Consulting, Simulation and Training. Brian is also a board member of the ISFSI serving as a Director at Large and serves on the UL FSRI PPV Research Study Panel. 
 
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Presented by Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
 
Don’t you know at least one person who easily connects with almost everyone she or he meets? These natural rapport-builders are able to create a sense of trust and understanding practically instantly. Imagine how powerful it would be to your professional (and personal) life if you knew the verbal and non-verbal secrets that the greatest leaders, top sales people, and highly regarded corporate titans use regularly to break down barriers to and build up trust? After all, research has shown that when we have rapport with someone, previously locked-doors will suddenly open for you, because that person wants to help YOU be successful!
 
In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you’ll learn to get support for your proposals and ideas when you increase the one skill that always makes the top of the list when predicting likability; influence others using an easy-to-master, 200-year-old, technique; turn good relationships with your staff and suppliers into dangerously awesome relationships and use “The Belly Button Rule,” “The 3 Power Zones,” and “Move Your Body, Move Your Mind” success moves to increase your perceived value and decrease stress.
 
Imagine the impact you will have on others when you are inspired to look at the world differently. Come early and grab a good seat to experience the exciting and inspiring NY Times best selling author and award winning Speaker, Janine Driver!
 
JANINE DRIVER is the New York Times Best Selling author of YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK (Random House), and most recently YOU CAN'T LIE TO ME (HarperOne), popular keynote speaker, media expert for NBC's TODAY Show, 20/20, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Katie, Dr. Drew on HLN, and the Dr. Oz Show, and she's the founder, president, and lead instructor for the Body Language Institute (BLI). BLI is an elite certification program that offers award-winning advanced communications training that help executives, sales and other professionals build executive presence, explode their selling skills, and create and deliver business presentations that win new business. Janine and her team of the world's most sought after subject matter experts have helped clients become the total leader, which ultimately led them to win millions of dollars in new business contracts. 
 
Janine's background includes being a federal law enforcement officer within the United States Department of Justice for fifteen years, where she trained over 60,000 lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers within the ATF, CIA, FBI, and the Netherlands Police how to read body language and detect deception. Each week, Janine travels the country providing communications training to her clients, who include such companies and associations as AOL, Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, P&G Diversity Group, SHRM, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NIKE, FM Global, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Australian Embassy (diversity), Lockheed Martin, SHRM, Harvard University-Institute of Politics, The Hard Rock Hotels, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) global, STIHL, ABC Supply, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Planet Land Care Network, Meeting Professionals International, and the Certified Contractors Network - just to name a few! In addition, Janine is an approved speaker for Vistage, a worldwide leadership company that help senior executives take their careers-and their companies-to a higher level!
 
The Fire Service Instructor: Leading Change Through Training
Presented by Devon Wells, Vice President, ISFSI
 
The fire service is in a state of change. How do we, as instructors, lead this change? How do we get firefighters to look at things differently? How do we change from a procedure-based fire service to a principle-based fire service? Research has identified how the fire service can provide emergency response in a more safe, effective and efficient way. Challenging traditional methods of firefighting can be difficult. Who is going to be the change-agent of this paradigm shift? It starts with training officers, instructors and company officers—the most important positions involved in leading change and presenting new information.
 
Devon Wells is the first vice president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and the former fire chief for Hood River, OR, Fire & EMS. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program and is a member of the instructor cadre for the ISFSI course “Principles of Modern Fire Attack.” He sits on the NFPA 1700 technical panel and manages the Facebook page "Rural Fire Officer."
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Training Officers Program is $550.00 for members and $600.00 for non-members.  Those who are participating in the Training Officers Program can add the Thursday of this program for an extra $155.00
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating for the trade show on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 

REGISTER FOR THE TRAINING OFFICERS PROGRAM NOW!

 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2018 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 
 

 

Due to unforseen circumstances, the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group Seminar has been cancelled.  All registered attendees will receive an email from our office shortly.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group Seminar
 
Established over 25 years ago, the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) was organized to create an active network of information sharing among airport fire rescue professionals. These professionals had been working hard to develop training materials and standard operating guidelines.  The ARFFWG Seminar provides attendees with education and development in areas such as training, facilities, operational procedures, and investigative information, which are essential as the science of aircraft rescue and firefighting.  In addition, there are immeasurable networking opportunities for those involved and concerned with aviation fire safety.
 
The ARFFWG Seminar is on Thursday, May 3 to Saturday, May 5, 2018.  Included in this package:
 
  • Specialized programming on Thursday, Friday & Saturday
  • Keynote presentations
  • Aircraft IMS training at the GTAA FESTI training Centre
  • Trade Show
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday evening
  • Memorial Service on Saturday evening

ARFFWG Draft Seminar Agenda

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
ARFFWG Update
Larry Lippel, ARFFWG Vice Chairperson Florida, Section 3 Director,
Ronald Krusleski, ARFFWG Treasurer Houston, Section 3 Director and
Robert Comeau, ARFFWG Canada, Section 8 Director
Toronto A/B
9:30
Detecting Hidden Fires On Aircraft Using Thermal Imaging Cameras
Simon Hind Researcher Council Officer,  Aerospace Research Center of the National Research Council of Canada
Toronto A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
ARFF Special Projects:  A Review
Ron Gould
Toronto A/B
12:30
Lunch
Plaza Foyer
1:30
Military Aircraft Familiarization
Captain Robert (Bobby) Sloan,Chief Instructor, Fire Training Squadron, Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy (CFFCA) Canadian Armed Forces
Toronto A/B
2:30
United by the Canadian Aviation Regulations:  The Link Between ARFF and Safety Management Systems (SMS). 
Michael Lucking
Senior Regulatory Programs Specialist
Aviation, WSP
 
3:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
4:00
Description coming soon
Trent Gervais, The Loomex Group
Toronto A/B
Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Grenfell Tower
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
9:30
2017 London Terrorist Attacks
Tom George, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
11:00
UPS Cargo Fire
Captain Jeffrey Lassell, ARFF Training Coordinator, UPS Flight Operations
Toronto A/B
12:00
TBA
Bill Tibbo
 
12:30-4:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
The International Centre
8:00pm to 12:00pm
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
11:00
Departure for GTAA FESTI
Lobby
12:35
Arrive - Lunch and Orientation
FESTI
1:20 to 4:00
ARFF IMS
FESTI
7:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Plaza A/B/C

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

 
ARFF Special Projects:  A Review
Presented by Ron Gould
 
Many projects have been carried out in collaboration between NRC Aerospace and the Ottawa International Airport Authority’s Emergency Response Services since 2005. In addition to major workshops centred around full-scale live fires on aircraft there have been numerous small-scale tests of equipment and techniques on traditional and advanced materials. Three aircraft and numerous components from other airframes have been acquired to provide both destructive and non-destructive training aids.
 
Ron Gould is not a firefighter but has been privileged to work with ARFF personnel for over 10 years to provide training aids, live-fire workshops and to explore new materials and equipment. Ron volunteers for the OIAA ERS while continuing as a retiree guest worker with the National Research Council of Canada.
 
Detecting Hidden Fires On Aircraft Using Thermal Imaging Cameras
Presented by Simon Hind,  Researcher Council Officer, Composite Products Team, Structures Materials and Manufacturing Lab (SMM),  Aerospace Research Center of the National Research Council of Canada
 
The National Research Council (NRC), Working and Travelling on Aircraft program, in collaboration with the Ottawa International Airport Authority’s Emergency Response Services, conducted a series of tests focussed on the safety problem of detecting and locating hidden fires on commercial aircraft. Current training procedures instruct aircraft cabin crews to attempt to find the location of hidden fires, say behind a fuselage liner or in an overhead bin, by using the back of their hand to feel for a hot spot. This process is likely problematic being inaccurate and slow during a fire event when rapid, accurate response is required and limited quantities of firefighting agent are available. The project objective was to demonstrate the feasibility of using low cost, hand-held thermal cameras for this hidden fire detection task, which could increase overall safety by allowing cabin crews to quickly locate hidden fires with higher levels of accuracy.
 
Simon Hind is a Researcher Council Officer in the Composite Products Team within the Structures Materials and Manufacturing lab (SMM) in the Aerospace Research Center of the National Research Council of Canada where he has been employed since 2002. His areas of expertise include composite materials manufacturing process development, materials testing, adhesive bonding, and aerospace fire testing. Simon has managed numerous projects related to aircraft rescue and firefighting.
 
 
United by the Canadian Aviation Regulations:  The Link Between ARFF and Safety Management Systems (SMS)
Michael Lucking, Senior Regulatory Programs Specialist, Aviation, WSP
 
This presentation will review the following:
 
  • What an ARFF department should expect from a Quality Assurance (QA) audit required by the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs);
  • How Safety Management System (SMS) regulations and expectations for airports integrates with ARFF.  Specifically, how the SMS is intertwined with ARFF training, records management, processes and procedures, and reporting;
  • How to prepare for a regulatory QA audit;
  • Common findings from QA Audits/regulatory surveillance activities;
  • Regulatory updates and interpretations (pending Transport Canada support).
Michael Lucking is an aviation consultant with substantial experience in the regulatory sector.  With 10 years of experience with Transport Canada in multiple roles including as a Civil Aviation Safety Inspector and Technical Team Lead, Michael is well versed in the areas of regulatory compliance pertaining to airports and heliports.  He has subject matter expertise associated with verifying compliance with regulatory requirements including Certification standards, Safety Management Systems, Wildlife Management and Emergency Response.

Michael’s experience conducting Certification inspections, Program Validation Inspections and Safety Management System Assessments for the regulator contribute to a strong understanding of what it takes to obtain and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.  Most recently, Michael has been conducting quality assurance audits for airports across the Canada, helping airport operators to understand the expectations of Transport Canada with respect to ongoing compliance and the need to demonstrate how compliance is achieved and maintained.
 
Grenfell Tower Fire
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton and Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade

This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.  She has served in a number of different roles and departments, including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high-profile operational incidents, including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017, and in the first six months of her role, led the Brigade during major incidents, including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Preparing For and Responding to a Terrorist Attack
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton and Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade
 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017 including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Director Tom George has been with London Fire Brigade since 1987 when he started as a firefighter. He has worked his way through the ranks and is now the Director of Operations and reports directly to the Commissioner. Director George has a £220m budget and, is responsible for the Brigade's 103 fire stations (including the river station) across the 32 boroughs of London and the City. He is also responsible for Fire Safety (Community Safety and Statutory Fire Safety), all of the Brigade’s Youth Services, Brigade Control and Mobilizing, the Resource Management Centre, the Fire Investigation Team, the Establishment and Performance Team and the Brigade's Central Operations Team. He is a highly experienced ‘Gold’ command officer and has taken charge of numerous challenging and demanding incidents.
 
 
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Presented by Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
 
Don’t you know at least one person who easily connects with almost everyone she or he meets? These natural rapport-builders are able to create a sense of trust and understanding practically instantly. Imagine how powerful it would be to your professional (and personal) life if you knew the verbal and non-verbal secrets that the greatest leaders, top sales people, and highly regarded corporate titans use regularly to break down barriers to and build up trust? After all, research has shown that when we have rapport with someone, previously locked-doors will suddenly open for you, because that person wants to help YOU be successful!
 
In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you’ll learn to get support for your proposals and ideas when you increase the one skill that always makes the top of the list when predicting likability; influence others using an easy-to-master, 200-year-old, technique; turn good relationships with your staff and suppliers into dangerously awesome relationships and use “The Belly Button Rule,” “The 3 Power Zones,” and “Move Your Body, Move Your Mind” success moves to increase your perceived value and decrease stress.
 
Imagine the impact you will have on others when you are inspired to look at the world differently. Come early and grab a good seat to experience the exciting and inspiring NY Times best selling author and award winning Speaker, Janine Driver!
 
JANINE DRIVER is the New York Times Best Selling author of YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK (Random House), and most recently YOU CAN'T LIE TO ME (HarperOne), popular keynote speaker, media expert for NBC's TODAY Show, 20/20, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Katie, Dr. Drew on HLN, and the Dr. Oz Show, and she's the founder, president, and lead instructor for the Body Language Institute (BLI). BLI is an elite certification program that offers award-winning advanced communications training that help executives, sales and other professionals build executive presence, explode their selling skills, and create and deliver business presentations that win new business. Janine and her team of the world's most sought after subject matter experts have helped clients become the total leader, which ultimately led them to win millions of dollars in new business contracts. 
 
Janine's background includes being a federal law enforcement officer within the United States Department of Justice for fifteen years, where she trained over 60,000 lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers within the ATF, CIA, FBI, and the Netherlands Police how to read body language and detect deception. Each week, Janine travels the country providing communications training to her clients, who include such companies and associations as AOL, Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, P&G Diversity Group, SHRM, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NIKE, FM Global, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Australian Embassy (diversity), Lockheed Martin, SHRM, Harvard University-Institute of Politics, The Hard Rock Hotels, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) global, STIHL, ABC Supply, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Planet Land Care Network, Meeting Professionals International, and the Certified Contractors Network - just to name a few! In addition, Janine is an approved speaker for Vistage, a worldwide leadership company that help senior executives take their careers-and their companies-to a higher level!
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Seminar is $550.00 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information. Complimentary shuttles will be operating for the trade show on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 

REGISTER FOR THE ARFFWG SEMINAR NOW!

 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2018 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 
 
 

Public Educators Program

The OAFC and the Ontario Fire & Life Safety Educators (OFLSE) have developed the public educator’s program, specifically tailored to promote education initiatives relevant to today’s public fire educators and fire prevention officers.  The program is designed to share information, resources and network with likeminded professionals.   This role is very important in a fire service, as most fires are preventable.  Ontario’s public educators educate, train, motivate and inspire fire and life safety programs and messages in their communities.  This program will help develop new, innovative ways to promote fire safety and education.
 
The Public & Life Safety Educators Program is on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 2018 and includes the following
 
  • Customized programming tailored to public educators/fire prevention officers
  • Keynote presentations on Friday
  • Trade Show on Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all days
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday and Memorial Service on Saturday

Public Educator's Program Draft Agenda

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Welcome & Update from the OFLSE
Kevin Vaughan, OFLSE Chair
Montreal A/B
9:00
Energizing Your Communication
Patrica DeMers, President, Excel Thru Learning
Montreal A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
11:00
Work Like an Entrepreneur
Daniel Lewis, T by Daniel
Montreal A/B
12:15
Lunch
 
Plaza C & Foyer
1:00
Elevating Your Passion and Creativity For What You Do and Who You Are Capable of Becoming!
Bob Koehler, Extraordinary
Montreal A/B
3:00
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
3:15
Building Partnerships for Risk Reduction
Laura King, NFPA
Montreal A/B
4:15
End of Day Remarks
Kevin Vaughan, OFLSE Chair
Montreal A/B
Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Grenfell Tower
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
9:30
2017 London Terrorist Attacks
Tom George, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
11:00
ABCs of Educational Messaging
Laura King, NFPA
Montreal A/B
12:15
Wrap up and Evaluation
Kevin Vaughan, OFLSE Chair
Montreal A/B
12:30 - 4:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
The International Centre
8:00pm to 12:00pm
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
 

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

 
Energizing Your Communication
Presented by Patricia DeMers, President, Excel Thru Learning
 
In this session, you will learn how to talk so people will listen, fun ways to get people’s attention while communicating your message and how to Influence through effective communication. Participants will practice through interactive activities the tools and techniques.
 
Pat DeMers has tons of experience presenting to audiences of all types. Her business, Excel Thru Learning, was started 23 years ago with Pat's vision to inspire and help others succeed.  Pat has over 30 years experience in human resources and recently completed a Masters Program at York University. Pat has presented to cities, municipalities, regions, private businesses and non-profit organizations with participants from every walk of life. She is well known as a business professional who shares her experience, while making her sessions interesting and engaging .
 
Work Like an Entrepreneur
Presented by Daniel Lewis, T by Daniel
 
Let's cut right to the point... When you're running your own business, every single detail matters! Your customer service, your hustle, your passion, your expertise; these skills are all directly associated to the entrepreneur. In other words, if you don't succeed, you don't eat! It's this kind of passion-driven attitude that helps many entrepreneurs to excel in their businesses. Now that's all fine and dandy, but why can't the everyday employee apply these same target driven skills to the companies they work for?
 
In this keynote presentation, inspirational Speaker and multi-award winning entrepreneur, Daniel Lewis shares his insights and proven methods of how companies of any size can benefit by empowering their employees to think and work like an Entrepreneur. Through this high energy and very inspirational presentation, participants will learn about how to reinstitute the mental and physical EFFORT back into their jobs, how to become real CEO's who (CATCH EVERY OPPORTUNITY) and how to take responsibility for their attitudes and to infuse passion, personality and purpose into their work!
 
Participants Will:
 
• Will learn how to reinstate mental and physical effort into their work
• Learn how to observant and identify opportunities to help the company grow and succeed
• Learn how small and consistent gestures can eventually determine the overall impact of a company or an organization
• Explore how passion, personality and purpose play a huge roll in the overall performance of an individual

Daniel Lewis is the funky, bowtie wearing founder of the modern, award-winning tea company T By Daniel Inc. His crazy outlook on business and his Willy Wonka inspired retail tactics have garnered him and his company nationwide recognition and many awards and honours such as 2014 Young Entrepreneur Of The Year and 2016 Business Excellence Award for communication. Daniel's success with his retail tea brand have even landed him a new exciting title as 1 of 3 Global Entrepreneurship Week Ambassadors for Canada and also paved the way for him to launch MARSketing Boutique Agency and DanielSpeaks.Ca, his official public speaking platform where he shares his story and his "outside of the box perspectives" with audiences all across North America.
 
What many don't know about Daniel is the story behind his drive and passion and his desire to spread it to any pair of ears that will listen. After being a victim of a nearly fatal stabbing, (where Daniel was stabbed 4 times), he decided to make the best of his second shot at life by turning a bitter situation into an opportunity to help impact and inspire the lives of others in a special way, using a tea business as the means to do it. This is the motivation behind the tea company and the man, Daniel Lewis. By facing life and all its ups and downs head on, with a smile on his face, Daniel challenges youth, business owners and just about anyone who will listen, to appreciate the NOW, Master the Miniature and Make Crazy Look Normal
 
Elevating Your Passion and Creativity For What You Do and Who You Are Capable of Becoming!
Presented by Bob Koehler, Extraordinary
 
In this workshop Bob’s objective is to provide a motivating, inspiring, energizing and fun environment to help attendees re-ignite their passion and creativity for how they do what they do. 

This presentation will help public educators create a fresh outlook on how they can come up with innovative and attention-getting new ways to promote and deliver their messages of fire safety education in their communities.  
 
Bob Koehler spent 24 years in the corporate world in marketing, business development, customer service and human resources.  In 1986 he became a speaker with a message to inspire people to live the “extraordinary” life they are worthy and capable of living. 

Bob’s Mission in life is to enlighten, empower, encourage and energize people from all walks of life to never settle for “rrdinary” and to CHOOSE to become nothing less than “extraordinary” at who they are and what they do.

Audiences from all across North America have experienced the passion, enthusiasm and downright FUN of a Bob Koehler presentation.  Bob’s presentations are a combination of tough love, common sense, and “real world” and are delivered with a large helping of reality, relevance, humour and energy.

In his work with organizations of all kinds, his philosophy on organizational success lies in his quote:
 
“When people believe the work they do “makes a difference,” it dramatically elevates their levels of personal energy and it positively impacts every important part of their personal life.”
 
Grenfell Tower Fire
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade

This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.  She has served in a number of different roles and departments, including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high-profile operational incidents, including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017, and in the first six months of her role, led the Brigade during major incidents, including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Preparing For and Responding to a Terrorist Attack
Presented by Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade
 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017 including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Director Tom George has been with London Fire Brigade since 1987 when he started as a firefighter. He has worked his way through the ranks and is now the Director of Operations and reports directly to the Commissioner. Director George has a £220m budget and, is responsible for the Brigade's 103 fire stations (including the river station) across the 32 boroughs of London and the City. He is also responsible for Fire Safety (Community Safety and Statutory Fire Safety), all of the Brigade’s Youth Services, Brigade Control and Mobilizing, the Resource Management Centre, the Fire Investigation Team, the Establishment and Performance Team and the Brigade's Central Operations Team. He is a highly experienced ‘Gold’ command officer and has taken charge of numerous challenging and demanding incidents.
 
Building Partnerships for Risk Reduction
Presented by Laura King, NFPA
 
The Lone Ranger was the sole survivor of a group of Texas Rangers that was ambushed by outlaws; he never intended to go it alone – and neither should you! Specific challenges require specific solutions, tailored by those who have specialized knowledge and skills. A team of superheroes – or public educators and community partners –  is greater than the sum of its parts. NFPA public-education representative Laura King explains how to create a pub-ed superhero dream team, outlines the gifts various partners bring to the table, provides examples of community-minded agencies and organizations, and offers a process for wooing potential partners that will help you rock your pub-ed programs!
 
The ABCs of Educational Messaging
Presented by Laura King, NFPA
 
Great communication requires great tools: a message; a sender; a channel; a receiver; the ability to code and encode information; and a response. How do public educators fit all that into a tweet, an info-graphic, a press release or a bus-shelter advertisement? Understanding the basics – the ABCs – of fire-prevention core messaging is critical to the process of customizing calls to action. In this one-hour presentation, NFPA public-education representative Laura King guides fire- and life-safety educators and fire prevention officers through the communication process. The workshop includes strategies for targeting specific audiences, and hands-on exercises to help participants refine their messaging based on community risk reduction, demographics, cultural factors and local needs and circumstances. Come prepared to participate!
 
Laura King is the NFPA’s new public-education representative for Canada, helping departments build fire and life safety programs.
 
Laura was a journalist for more than 30 years and worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers across Canada; she was editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines for 10 years before moving to NFPA in September 2017.
 
Laura is a former Canadian correspondent for The Deal, a business newspaper in New York, and was for many years a columnist for a U.S. legal magazine, The American Lawyer.
 
Laura has an honours degree in journalism, political science and public administration from Carleton University, and a certificate in Introduction to Incident Management Systems; she is a certified Road to Mental Readiness instructor, and is NFPA 1035 certified.
 
Laura lives in Oakville, but she’s from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and comes from a family of fire safety fanatics!
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Public Educators Program is $335.00 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating for the trade show on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 

REGISTER FOR THE PUBLIC EDUCATOR’S PROGRAM NOW!

 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFC2018 - The official hashtag of OAFC Conference and Trade Show!
 
 

Fire Communicators Program

The Ontario Fire Communicators Association in conjunction with the OAFC have developed a forum to help communicators understand more about today’s common issues facing Ontario’s communication centres. Fire communicators are those responsible for the processing of requests for emergency and non-emergency assistance received via 9-1-1 lines, administration lines, the radio system or direct contact with the public. They work closely with communicators from Police, EMS and other services to provide rapid, effective response. The seminar includes a variety of presentations specifically selected on important issues facing communicators in today’s fire service. 
 
The Fire Communicators Program is on Friday, May 4, 2018 and includes the following,
 
  • Customized programming tailored to fire communicators
  • Keynote presentations on Friday
  • Trade Show on Friday
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all days
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday and Memorial Service on Saturday

Draft Fire Communicators Agenda

Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Grenfell Tower Fire
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
9:30
2017 London Terrorist Attacks
Tom George, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
International Foyer
11:00
Big Data Driven - Best Practices for Uniform Data Reporting and the Relationship with Data Analytics. 
Deputy Chief Debbie Higgins, Toronto and Deputy Chief Jeff Weber, Barrie
New York
12:00
Pathway to NFPA 1061 Certification
Donna Beke, Communications Supervisor, Kitchener
New York
1:00 – 4:00
Lunch & Trade Show
The International Centre
8:00pm to 12:00pm
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
 

Presentation Overviews and Speaker Bios

Grenfell Tower Fire
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade

This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.  She has served in a number of different roles and departments, including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high-profile operational incidents, including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017, and in the first six months of her role, led the Brigade during major incidents, including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Preparing For and Responding to a Terrorist Attack
Presented by Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade
 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017 including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Director Tom George has been with London Fire Brigade since 1987 when he started as a firefighter. He has worked his way through the ranks and is now the Director of Operations and reports directly to the Commissioner. Director George has a £220m budget and, is responsible for the Brigade's 103 fire stations (including the river station) across the 32 boroughs of London and the City. He is also responsible for Fire Safety (Community Safety and Statutory Fire Safety), all of the Brigade’s Youth Services, Brigade Control and Mobilizing, the Resource Management Centre, the Fire Investigation Team, the Establishment and Performance Team and the Brigade's Central Operations Team. He is a highly experienced ‘Gold’ command officer and has taken charge of numerous challenging and demanding incidents.
 
Big Data Driven - Best Practices for Uniform Data Reporting and the Relationship with Data Analytics
Presented by Deputy Chief Debbie Higgins, Toronto Fire Services and Deputy Chief Jeff Weber, Barrie Fire & Emergency Services
 
When does the clock start when measuring fire dispatch time? What does “alarm processing” mean from one communication Centre’s radio and CAD system to the next? This presentation will review the findings of the OAFC Response Time Committee’s objectives to measure Big Data “apples to apples” times and the progress to date in the province.
 

Once times are consistently measured, CAD systems can provide vast amounts of information allowing researchers to make better decisions and strategic business moves. This session will present some of the initiatives Toronto and Barrie Fire are exploring through Data Analytics.

Debbie Higgins is a Deputy Fire Chief with Toronto Fire Services, with the portfolio of Administrative Services. In this capacity, she is responsible for finance and budgeting processes, labour relations, quartermaster, facilities, the TFS medical office, and providing professional support for the procurement and maintenance of both apparatus and equipment. Debbie previously held the portfolios of Fire Prevention and Public Education, and more recently Professional Development and Training, including Special Operations (HUSAR and CBRNE). Prior to her promotion to Deputy in 2010, Debbie spent eleven years as an Executive Officer for Toronto Fire. She also previously worked with the City of Mississauga as a Business Planner, where her work included various strategic projects for the Community Services department, including fire. Before joining the municipal sector, Debbie spent five years working as a consultant undertaking social planning studies, including feasibility studies, master plans, emergency response plans, marketing plans and organizational reviews.
 
Debbie has a degree in Applied Geography from Ryerson University, and a certificate in Business from McMaster University.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Fire Service Women Ontario, acting in the capacity of Treasurer.  She is also a Director with the World Police and Fire Games Federation, and previously served three terms on the Board of Directors on the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. 
 
Jeff Weber has been with the fire service for 25 years.  Jeff started in the fire service with the City of Kitchener and was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief in charge of Fire Prevention and Communications in 2007.  Jeff moved on to Burlington Fire Department in a similar capacity managing the Fire Prevention and Communications Division along with having the responsibility for computer infrastructure within the fire department.  In 2014, Jeff took a position with Barrie Fire and Emergency Service as the Deputy of Fire Prevention and Emergency Management and continues to support the appropriate use and application of technology in the fire service.  Along the way Jeff has supported and engaged data analysis and decision support through different alliterations. 
 

Pathway to NFPA 1061 Certification
Presented by Donna Beke, Communications Supervisor, Kitchener Fire Department 

This presentation will outline the NFPA 1061 certification process from the initial documentation of training at your centre through to the expectations for onsite testing.  Fire Service communication centres in Ontario are the first in Canada able to certify communications personnel; this session is geared towards those looking to navigate this important emergency fire dispatch competency process.
 
Donna Beke, ENP:  Donna has been with the Kitchener Fire Department for more than 20 years, serving as supervisor in Communications for the past 7 years.  She is currently serving her second term as a director with the OFCA and also sits on the NFPA 1061 Provincial Advisory Committee.  Donna is an APCO certified Agency Instructor for the Public Safety Telecommunicator 1 Course.
 
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Fire Communicators Program is $235.00 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating for the trade show on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 

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Municipal Officials Program: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101

The Municipal Officials Program: The Essentials of Firefighting and Firefighting 101 offers municipal officials the opportunity to understand the challenges of the fire service and its importance in their communities. This two-day session includes presentations customized to provide you with essential information about the fire service.  The highlight of the program is our interactive, hands-on fire training experience.
 
Slip into bunker gear and experience firsthand the life of a firefighter by participating in a live fire training session that includes a simulated search and rescue, vehicle extrication and extinguishing fires. This program has been specially tailored by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority Fire Department.
 
Attendees who have previously attended this seminar repeatedly said that it was one of the best seminars and training sessions that they had ever attended! Past attendees have included government officials, mayors and councillors, CAOs, directors and other senior municipal staff.
 
The Municipal Officials Program is on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, 2018 and includes the following:
 
  • Customized programming tailored to municipal officials
  • Live fire experience on Friday
  • Keynote presentations on Friday and Saturday
  • Trade Show on Saturday
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on all days
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday and Memorial Service on Saturday

Municipal Officials Program Draft Agenda

Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast 
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
Grenfell Tower
Dany Cotton, Fire Commissioner, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
9:30
2017 London Terrorist Attacks
Tom George, Director of Operations, London Fire Brigade
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
11:00
Conference Session
TBA
Ottawa
12:00
Conference Session
TBA
Ottawa
12:45
Departure for Hands on Fire Training
Lobby
1:05
Arrive - Lunch and Orientation
FESTI
1:45 to 5:30
Hands-On Fire Training
FESTI
8:00pm to 12:00pm
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:30
Breakfast 
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
Plaza A/B
10:30
Coffee Break
Plaza Foyer
12:30 - 4:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
International Centre
7:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Plaza A/B/C
  
 

Speaker and Presentation Overviews

 
Grenfell Tower Fire
Presented by Commissioner Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade

This presentation will review and detail the June 14, 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that burned for 60 hours and resulted in 71 deaths.  More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations across London in efforts to control the fire. 
 
Dany Cotton joined the fire service in 1988 and has since gone on to become one of the highest ranking women firefighters in Europe.  She has served in a number of different roles and departments, including being the Director for Safety and Assurance prior to her recent promotion. Dany has attended many high-profile operational incidents, including the Clapham train crash in 1988, just a few weeks after leaving training school. She took charge of London Fire Brigade in January 2017, and in the first six months of her role, led the Brigade during major incidents, including the unprecedented fire at Grenfell Tower and the terrorist incidents at Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.
 
Dany has been the Chair of Women in the Fire Service (WFS) for several years. In 2004, Dany was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal and in 2011 was voted among the most influential women in London. Her hobbies include skiing, cycling and spending time with family and friends.
 
Preparing For and Responding to a Terrorist Attack
Presented by Director Tom George, London Fire Brigade
 
London had five major terrorist related attacks in 2017 including the March 22: Westminster Bridge vehicle attack and stabbing; May 22: Manchester bombing; June 3: London Bridge attack; June 19: Van hits pedestrians outside mosque; and September 15: Blast on London Underground train.  This presentation will review how to best prepare and respond to a potential terrorist attack and the challenges these instances pose to an ever-increasing threat to public safety.
 
Director Tom George has been with London Fire Brigade since 1987 when he started as a firefighter. He has worked his way through the ranks and is now the Director of Operations and reports directly to the Commissioner. Director George has a £220m budget and, is responsible for the Brigade's 103 fire stations (including the river station) across the 32 boroughs of London and the City. He is also responsible for Fire Safety (Community Safety and Statutory Fire Safety), all of the Brigade’s Youth Services, Brigade Control and Mobilizing, the Resource Management Centre, the Fire Investigation Team, the Establishment and Performance Team and the Brigade's Central Operations Team. He is a highly experienced ‘Gold’ command officer and has taken charge of numerous challenging and demanding incidents.
 
 
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Presented by Janine Driver, Body Language Institute
 
Don’t you know at least one person who easily connects with almost everyone she or he meets? These natural rapport-builders are able to create a sense of trust and understanding practically instantly. Imagine how powerful it would be to your professional (and personal) life if you knew the verbal and non-verbal secrets that the greatest leaders, top sales people, and highly regarded corporate titans use regularly to break down barriers to and build up trust? After all, research has shown that when we have rapport with someone, previously locked-doors will suddenly open for you, because that person wants to help YOU be successful!
 
In this dynamic and interactive workshop, you’ll learn to get support for your proposals and ideas when you increase the one skill that always makes the top of the list when predicting likability; influence others using an easy-to-master, 200-year-old, technique; turn good relationships with your staff and suppliers into dangerously awesome relationships and use “The Belly Button Rule,” “The 3 Power Zones,” and “Move Your Body, Move Your Mind” success moves to increase your perceived value and decrease stress.
 
Imagine the impact you will have on others when you are inspired to look at the world differently. Come early and grab a good seat to experience the exciting and inspiring NY Times best selling author and award winning Speaker, Janine Driver!
 
JANINE DRIVER is the New York Times Best Selling author of YOU SAY MORE THAN YOU THINK (Random House), and most recently YOU CAN'T LIE TO ME (HarperOne), popular keynote speaker, media expert for NBC's TODAY Show, 20/20, CNN, Anderson Cooper, Katie, Dr. Drew on HLN, and the Dr. Oz Show, and she's the founder, president, and lead instructor for the Body Language Institute (BLI). BLI is an elite certification program that offers award-winning advanced communications training that help executives, sales and other professionals build executive presence, explode their selling skills, and create and deliver business presentations that win new business. Janine and her team of the world's most sought after subject matter experts have helped clients become the total leader, which ultimately led them to win millions of dollars in new business contracts. 
 
Janine's background includes being a federal law enforcement officer within the United States Department of Justice for fifteen years, where she trained over 60,000 lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers within the ATF, CIA, FBI, and the Netherlands Police how to read body language and detect deception. Each week, Janine travels the country providing communications training to her clients, who include such companies and associations as AOL, Coca-Cola, Procter and Gamble, P&G Diversity Group, SHRM, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, NIKE, FM Global, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Australian Embassy (diversity), Lockheed Martin, SHRM, Harvard University-Institute of Politics, The Hard Rock Hotels, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) global, STIHL, ABC Supply, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Planet Land Care Network, Meeting Professionals International, and the Certified Contractors Network - just to name a few! In addition, Janine is an approved speaker for Vistage, a worldwide leadership company that help senior executives take their careers-and their companies-to a higher level!
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Municipal Officials Program is $375.00 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating for the trade show on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 

REGISTER FOR THE MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS PROGRAM NOW!

 
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Due to unforseen circumstances, the Firefighter Training has been cancelled.  All registered attendees will receive an email from our office shortly.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Firefighting Training - Sponsored by Canadian Fire Fighter and Fire Fighting in Canada

  

Also brought to you by:

   

Firefighters have the opportunity to learn from industry experts and expand their skillset in one of five courses including live fire rescue, auto extrication, firefighter survival, forcible entry and aircraft rescue firefighting for municipal and rural firefighters.  
 
Located nearby at the GTAA Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI), this program gives volunteer, part-time or full-time firefighters the opportunity to expand their training, network with all levels of the fire service, participate in evening functions and attend the OAFC Trade Show.
 
There are five options to choose from.  Each program is two-days. You can choose a Friday/Saturday program or Saturday/Sunday program.  Each program includes the following:
 
  • Choice of one of five training programs:  live fire rescue, auto extrication, firefighter survival, forcible entry and aircraft rescue firefighting for municipal and rural firefighters
  • Keynote presentation on Saturday
  • Trade Show
  • Breakfast, breaks and lunches each day
  • Networking/Charity event on Friday evening (depending on your program)
  • Memorial Service on Saturday evening (depending on your program)

Important to note:  Participants are required to bring their own full turnout gear, including SCBA, firefighting helmet, structural firefighting gloves and structural firefighting boots.  In addition, they must provide proof of recent fit testing from their fire chief.  A completed PPE checklist must be submitted onsite prior to the event.

Training Facility

The Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) is the pre-eminent training facility for professionals worldwide. FESTI is a one stop portal for provincial, national and international emergency response training for new or current firefighters.

Why FESTI?

  • Training by instructors with years of experience.
  • Multiple programs for recruits and firefighters interested in recertification or expanding their skills.
  • CPR and first-aid programs for businesses that are geared to meet industry, business and government requirements.
  • Customized training programs on or off site at our leading-edge training facility and off site to accommodate any organization’s needs.
  • Customized training programs to meet specific needs of firefighters or corporations. 
  • Real life training is the best way to prepare a firefighter – and that cannot be found in a classroom alone.
FESTI features more than 16 hectares of training ground that includes: a confined-spaces building; confined-space maze and collapse zone, which provide realistic and safe, specialized training in hazardous materials and emergency scenarios; rescue tower; burn building; aircraft training mock-ups; auto extrication and hazardous materials training centre.
 

Location:

Greater Toronto Airports Authority Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute
2025 Courtneypark Drive East, Toronto, AMF,  Ontario, L5P 1B2
Tel: (416) 776-5997    
 
  
 
 

Course Options:

Live fire rescue:  This session will begin by refreshing individual firefighter skill sets through intense, hands-on skill stations. The workshop will focus on structural firefighting skill sets in the following areas:

  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Building search and rescue techniques
  • Ladder operations
  • Advancing hose lines
After completing the individual skill stations, the class will be divided into groups and participants will put their skills to use in team evolutions. These evolutions will focus on the following fire-ground activities, while using the incident command system; advancing charged hoselines in live-fire situation; timely fire-ground radio communications and benchmarks; interior search operations; initial attack; establishing rapid intervention teams; ventilation operations; firefighter accountability; rehabilitations.
 
Equipment Required: Full turnout gear including SCBA, firefighting helmet, structural firefighting gloves, structural firefighting boots.
Students: Maximum 6 per group, 4 groups, 24 in total

Auto extrication:  The auto-extrication course will focus on developing skill sets needed to safely and successfully mitigate a variety of challenging scenarios including multi-vehicle collisions and extrication involving hydro poles and heavy equipment, such as busses and tractor trailers.

Participants will spend most of their time developing these hands-on skills. As students respond to progressively more difficult extrication scenarios, they will learn to stabilize the scene, perform inner/outer circle checks, stabilize vehicles and patients, and how to perform basic-to-advanced extrication techniques. Students will also learn about new extrication techniques and equipment, and review apparatus positioning, communications, and command and control.

Equipment Required: 
Full turnout gear (SCBA not required), safety glasses, helmet, auto ex/structural gloves, structural fire boots
Students: Maximum 10 per group, 3 groups, 30 total

Morning Session: 45 minutes per station, 4 Stations
  • Station #1 - Scene stabilization: inner and outer checks
  • Station #2 - Stabilization: vehicle on jersey barrier, on roof
  • Station #3 - Glass management
  • Station #4 - Extrication techniques: side removal, roof removal, door removal, dash spread
Afternoon Session: 180 minutes, 4 simultaneous scenario stations
  • Hands-on-training:
  • inner and outer circle checks;
  • vehicle stabilization
  • glass management
  • extrication techniques

Aircraft rescue firefighting for municipal and rural firefighters:  This course offers training for municipal and rural firefighters in the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to perform basic aircraft rescue firefighting if called to respond to an aircraft emergency.

The program consists of theoretical and practical components. The theory instruction will be presented by certified ARFF instructors and will cover response procedures, hazards, positioning apparatus; full turnout gear and SCBA; fire control; rescue operations; fire extinguishment; interior fire fighting; overhaul; introduction to aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicles.
 
The session will primarily focus on developing hands-on skills by responding to multiple live fire scenarios using both large and small aircraft mock-ups. During these evolutions, participants will practice positioning apparatus, conducting exterior and interior search and rescue, handline operations, fire-ground communications, extinguishing wheel, APU, three-dimensional and engine fires.
 
In teams, each firefighter will be instructed and have opportunity to practice fighting aircraft-related fires, such as engine, wheel, cockpit, galley, cabin and cargo fires. Participants will use structural pumpers as their primary suppression vehicle but will also have the opportunity to trial specialized aircraft rescue firefighting suppression vehicles.

Equipment required: F
ull turnout gear including SCBA; firefighting helmet; structural firefighting gloves and structural firefighting boots.
Students: Maximum 10 per group, 3 groups, 30 total

Firefighter survival: Interior firefighting operations can be dangerous. Firefighters are often required to work in restrictive and zero-visibility environments, which can lead to firefighters becoming stuck, trapped or tangled.

This course will cover basic equipment, self-rescue procedures, rapid intervention teams (RIT) and last-resort rescue techniques needed to survive when a firefighter becomes separated or trapped. The topics reviewed during this session will include emergency air management, RIT deployment and various emergency egress drills.

Participants will have ample opportunity during the hands-on evolutions to see and practice the proper skills needed to navigate a tight, closed course with multiple entanglements, while visually obscured.

Equipment Required: F
ull turnout gear and SCBA, firefighting helmet, structural firefighting gloves and structural firefighting boots.
Students: Maximum 10 per group, 3 groups, 30 total.

Forcible entry:  This course begins in the classroom then moves to onto the training ground, where participants will divide into two groups to work on skill development. Students will work at the forcible-entry prop, learning to breach inward- and outward-swinging doors. Each student will have an opportunity to complete both breaches, and each student will act as the support person during the evolution. In the training area, students will practice forcible-entry skills using a chain saw and a rescue saw. Come prepared to learn, work and develop new skills and techniques. 

Equipment required: Full turnout gear (SCBA is not required, but optional), safety glasses, helmet and steel-toed boots.
Students: Maximum 20.
 

Program Agenda(s)

Note there are two options, a Friday/Saturday or a Saturday/Sunday
OPTION ONE
Friday, May 4, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
# of Participants
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
6:45
Breakfast 
Delta Plaza C & Foyer
8:00
Live Fire
24 max
FESTI
8:00
Auto Extrication
30 max
FESTI
8:00
Aircraft rescue fire fighting for municipal and rural firefighters
30 max
 
8:00
Firefighter Survival
30 max
FESTI
8:00
Forcible Entry
20 max
FESTI
12:00
Lunch
FESTI
1:00 - 5:30
Hands on Training - FESTI
 
FESTI
8:00 to 12:00
Networking/Charity Event, Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. & Safetek
  
Plaza A/B
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:00
Breakfast 
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Janine Driver, Body Language Institute 
Plaza A/B
10:00 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
The International Centre
7:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Plaza A/B/C
OPTION TWO
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
7:00
Breakfast 
Plaza C & Foyer
8:30
You Say More Than You Think: How to Use the New Body Language to Instantly Upgrade Your Rapport & Influence with Everyone You Interact With
Janine Driver, Body Language Institute 
Plaza A/B
10:00 to 5:00
OAFC Trade Show and Lunch
The International Centre
7:00
Memorial Service & Reception
Plaza A/B/C
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Room
6:30 to 5:00
Registration
International Foyer
6:45
Breakfast 
Plaza C & Foyer
8:00
Live Fire
24 max
FESTI
8:00
Aircraft rescue fire fighting for municipal and rural firefighters
30 max
FESTI
8:00
Auto Extrication
30 max
FESTI
8:00
Firefighter Survival
30 max 
FESTI
8:00
Forcible Entry
20 max
FESTI
12:00
Lunch
FESTI
1:00 - 5:30
Hands on Training - FESTI
 
FESTI
Registration
 
The registration rate for Firefighter Training, by Firefighting in Canada is $250.00 plus HST.
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information.  Complimentary shuttles will be operating for the trade show on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 

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Companions Program & OAFC Auxiliary

We encourage you to bring your spouse to OAFC 2018. You’ll both enjoy a few days away from home, appreciate the ample networking opportunities and experience what’s new and exciting in the fire service.
 
The Companions program allows access to all the guest speakers, the trade show and includes all meals and evening functions included in your spouse’s package. 
 

2018 Schedule

Let’s Make It WorkshopFriday, May 4, 2018 from 1:30 to 4:00pm
This gift making workshop teaches you to make soaps, lotions and other items.  During this interactive session, you will work on 8 projects.  Choose from essential oils and wonderful fragrances while crafting customized gifts from natural and organic ingredients like shea butter, plant-based waxes, coconut oil, sea salts,  Australian and French clays and more.  Participants will each make:  Soap (2), Lotion (2), Bath Bombs (2), Lip Balm (2)
 
Delta Hotel Cooking DemoSaturday, May 5, 2018 – 10:30am to 11:30am
Will be available next week.Join the chef who creates all the amazing menus at the Delta for a cooking demo.  Participants will take part in this interactive session and learns some great tips/advise from the pros. 
 

Registration

The registration rate for the Companions Program is $125.00, plus HST.  
 
The event takes place at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport & Conference Centre.  Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Visit our accommodations page for more information. Complimentary shuttles will be operating for the trade show on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5, every 20 minutes between the hotel and the International Centre.
 

REGISTER FOR THE COMPANIONS PROGRAM NOW!

 
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Contact Us

Wow!  There is a lot of exciting changes and information on the new format of the conference and trade show!  If there is something we didn’t cover on our website, or if you have any additional questions, please contact one of our staff below.  Our event team is more than happy to assist. 

Laura Aivaliotis, Program Coordinator & Registrar, call 905-426-9865 x230 or send an email to laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca.
 
Maureen Owens, Events & Trade Show Coordinator, call 905-426-9865 x224 or send an email to maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca
 
Michelle O’Hara, Business Development & Operations Manager, call 905-426-9865 x222 or send an email to michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca
 

We look forward to welcoming you to OAFC 2018!

 
 
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