OAFC Midterm Meeting

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Midterm Meeting, November 22 & 23, 2017 & Fire Service Roundtable, November 21, 2017 - Hilton Niagara Falls

About the Midterm Meeting

The Midterm Meeting is an annual gathering of members from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs who participate in various presentations on current relevant topics in the fire service. Over two-days, a selection of speakers present on subjects of interest to fire service leaders such as leadership development, incidents and lessons learned, new technologies, educational/training opportunities and more!  In addition, we include updates from industry partners and other organizations and associations.   The Midterm Meeting also includes an OAFC business session that provides a six-month update on association matters following the annual general meeting in May.  
 
The Midterm Meeting affords the opportunity to collaborate and discuss important issues that affect you in your department and the fire service in Ontario. 
 

About the OAFC Fire Service Roundtable, Sponsored by Humber College

Operational, planning, and management professionals from fire departments across the province are invited to come together to discuss current and emerging issues within the fire service.  

Designed after the Metro Fire Planners Conference, this interactive and informal forum has been formatted for participants to share best practices, seek ideas on challenges they are facing, offer innovative ideas, solutions, and methodologies with each other. Participants share local and provincial challenges they face, as well as highlight best practices and lessons learned with other like-minded fire departments. Participants forward topics of interest to the OAFC in advance of the roundtable, in order to build and share, an intuitive, thought provoking agenda....read more

 

2016 Midterm Agenda

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
6:30am
Registration
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
7:00am
Breakfast 
Watermark Restaurant
8:00am
OAFC President’s Report
Chief Stephen Hernen, President, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Great Falls Ballroom
9:00am
Is Your Fire and Emergency Service Operation Credible?
Richard K. Fagan, CFO, Technical Advisor Program Director, Centre for Public Safety Excellence
Great Falls Ballroom
10:00am
Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
10:30am
Leadership Today:  The People You Meet As Fire Chief
Chief Thomas Jenkins, City of Rogers, Arkansas and 1st Vice President, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Great Falls Ballroom
12:00pm
Lunch
Watermark Restaurant
1:00pm
Update from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Great Falls Ballroom
2:00pm
Solving Ontario’s Home Fire Problem: Unify Your Voice in Support of Home Fire Sprinklers Fred Durso, Communications Manager, NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative
Great Falls Ballroom
3:00pm
Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
3:30pm
OAFC/First Alert/ BRK Partnership Awards
Jim Rotz & Emily Ard, First Alert
Great Falls Ballroom
3:30pm Annex Partnership Update
Becky Atkinson, Bookstore Manager
Firehall Bookstore – a divison of Annex Business Media
Great Falls Ballroom
4:00
OAFC Vice Presidents Update
Great Falls Ballroom
Thursday, November 24, 2016
6:30am
Registration
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
7:00am
Breakfast 
Watermark Restaurant
8:00am
OAFC Business Meeting OAFC Individual Members Only - Treasurers Report, Strategic Process Review, Resolutions and Program Updates
Great Falls Ballroom
9:30am
OMMI Presentations
OMMI Presentations, Bill McKim
Great Falls Ballroom
9:45am
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
10:15am
The House Exploded. Now What? Chief Tim Beckett, Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services
Great Falls Ballroom
11:15am
Amendments to the FPPA in Relation to Two Hatters
John Saunders, Hicks Morley
Great Falls Ballroom
12:00pm
OFMEM Academic Standards & Evaluation Update
Kalpana Rajgopalan, 
Program Manager – EM Training, A/Manager Academic Standards & Evaluation & OAFC President, Chief Stephen Hernen & OAFC Vice President, Chief Chris Harrow.
Great Falls Ballroom
1:00pm
Closing Remarks, Boxed Lunch and Departures
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
 
Don't forget to tweet #Midterm16, the official hashtag of the OAFC 2016 Midterm Meeting!
 

Speaker and Presentation Overviews from our 2016 Event

 
Is Your Fire and Emergency Service Operation Credible?
Presented by Richard K. Fagan, CFO, CPSE Technical Advisor Program Director
 
This presentation will address the parts and steps associated with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) model. It will describe the purpose of the CFAI model, what its benefits are to a fire and emergency services organization, and what the benefits are to the community served. Major topics will include self-assessment for continuous improvement, risk driven deployment and coverage, and community driven strategic planning.
 
Currently serving as the Technical Advisor Program Director with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) since 2008, Rick has been engaged as a key stakeholder with the Center and its Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and Commission on Professional Credentialing for over 16 years. His highly regarded subject matter expertise and facilitation skills with the fire accreditation model comes not only from his real life experiences in leading his former fire agency through successful accreditation processes, but also from serving 15 years as a CPSE/CFAI peer team Leader, technical advisor and process facilitator.
 
Chief Fagan served actively in the municipal fire service for more than 32 years.   He is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing, is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through the University of Kansas and American Academy of Certified Public Managers, and is designated as an Executive Fire Officer (EFO) as conferred by the US Fire Administration.
 
Chief Fagan is a frequent presenter for CPSE at regional, state, national and international conferences.
 

Solving Ontario’s Home Fire Problem: Unify Your Voice in Support of Home Fire Sprinklers
Presented by Fred Durso, Communications Manager, NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative
 
Learn how a coordinated effort by Ontario’s fire service can help reduce injury, death, and loss associated with today’s home fires. The session will cover:
 
  • Ontario’s home fire problem
  • effective collaboration that showcases provincial support for home fire sprinklers
  • free resources available by NFPA and others that promote the solution to the home fire problem
  • the power of forming a local sprinkler coalition: bringing like-minded people together for the cause, and how NFPA can lend its support
  • effective tactics for fire sprinkler advocacy and media outreach
  • recent efforts by the local fire service and others that have promoted home fire sprinklers
Fred Durso oversees communications for NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative, an advocacy campaign to increase the use of home fire sprinklers throughout North America via the adoption of sprinkler requirements for new homes. In his role, Fred creates content for the Fire Sprinkler initiative website, blog, newsletter, and other publications while assisting state sprinkler coalitions with their communications efforts. Fred has been working in the communications field for more than a decade, and his writing has been honored by the Association Media and Publishing, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, and the Philadelphia Press Association. Since 2011, Fred has volunteered with the American Red Cross and frequently witnesses the devastation caused by home fires.

 

Leadership Today:  The People You Meet As Fire Chief
Presented by Chief Thomas Jenkins, City of Rogers, Arkansas and 1st Vice President, International Association of Fire Chiefs
 
The job of today’s fire chief is complex, evolving, and challenging.  This presentation discusses leadership in fire and EMS agencies through the lens of the people you meet while serving.  The people a fire chief encounters during their career shapes their management style, leadership capability, and performance.  In a world of generational challenges, financial hurdles, and political obstacles, exceptional leaders must be prepared for these challenges and quickly learn how to navigate their careers.  
 
Tom Jenkins is the Fire Chief for the City of Rogers, Arkansas.  Previously, Tom served as the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Sand Springs, Oklahoma Fire Department. He holds a Bachelors degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, Chief Jenkins is a 2006 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, and both a Chief Fire Officer and Chief Medical Officer Designee from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.  
 
Chief Jenkins serves on various boards, committees, and working groups relating to fire and emergency services, including NFPA 1710 and the UL Technical Panel on Positive Pressure Ventilation.  He is a regular speaker at conferences and functions across the United States and still works as an adjunct professor for his local community college and Oklahoma State University.  Tom is currently serving as the 1st Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
 
The House Exploded....Now What?
Tim Beckett, Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Management, City of Mississauga
 
This session will explain the events that occurred as a result of a house explosion on June 28, 2016 and outline the lessons learned.
 
Tim Beckett is the Fire Chief/ Director of Emergency Management for the City of Mississauga where he manages the overall strategic, financial and day to day operations of the fire service and emergency management. 
 
In total Tim has 30 years of fire service experience, and has served as Fire Chief in City of Kitchener and town of Whitchurch-Stouffville prior to coming to Mississauga.
 
Tim is a past President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (2010-2012), and served on the board of directors for 10 years in many capacities.
 
Amendments to the FPPA in Relation to Two Hatters
Presented by John Saunders, Hicks Morley
 
John Saunders is a senior labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office.  He has over 29 years of experience advising public and private sector employers on a wide range of labour and employment issues.  John’s practice includes collective agreement negotiations, rights and interest arbitrations, human rights applications, and wrongful dismissal litigation.
 
John also has a particular expertise in municipal law with regard to fire and paramedic issues.  He provides ongoing negotiation advice to fire and paramedic departments on staffing, deployment, benefit issues, accommodation, mandatory retirement and presumptive disability legislation.  He has also represented numerous municipalities in Coroner’s Inquests, Judicial Inquiries into fatalities and interest arbitrations.
 
John also works with employers in the healthcare, manufacturing, waste disposal, forestry, nuclear, property assessment and call centre sectors.
 
John is the past Chairman of the Board of Elders of his local church.  He is an avid downhill skier and enjoys fixing things at his cottage.
 
 
 

OAFC Fire Service Roundtable

Sponsored by 

 

Thank you to Humber School of Social & Community Services for sponsoring the 2016 OAFC Fire Service Roundtable and Reception!  We truly value your support!

Thanks to all OAFC members who participated!

We encourage all roundtable participants to complete our evaluation.  It helps us improve future events.  You can complete the survey at www.oafc.on.ca/fire-service-roundtable-evaluation

 

About the OAFC Fire Service Roundtable

Operational, planning, and management professionals from fire departments across the province are invited to come together to discuss current and emerging issues within the fire service.  

Designed after the Metro Fire Planners Conference, this interactive and informal forum has been formatted for participants to share best practices, seek ideas on challenges they are facing, offer innovative ideas, solutions, and methodologies with each other.  Participants share local and provincial challenges they face, as well as highlight best practices and lessons learned with other like-minded fire departments.  Participants forward topics of interest to the OAFC well in advance of the roundtable, in order to build an intuitive, thought provoking agenda.

Past roundtable attendees have said:
 
"a great chance to exchange thoughts and ideas in an informal format"
 
"I find the roundtable to be very informative and well organized. The topics brought to the meeting deal directly with current issues in our departments, which is very helpful"
 
"I liked the interaction with other Chiefs who are experiencing the same issues. It was great to hear other views. It was nice to be able to offer my ideas to others issues as well"
 
"Great to see urban fire chiefs engaged and sharing information - recognizing the value of information sharing to avoid re-creating the wheel when dealing with various issues"
 
Past roundtable sessions have covered issues related to:
 
  • performance measurement and data analysis,
  • organizational planning,
  • staffing and deployment models,
  • health and safety,
  • recruitment,
  • education and training,
  • shared services and regionalization
  • labour relations issues.
The OAFC hosts TWO concurrent round table sessions.
 
  • OAFC Fire Service Roundtable Urban SESSION 
  • OAFC Fire Service Roundtable Rural-Suburban SESSION 
 
The OAFC Fire Service Roundtable is limited to 40 participants in each session, in order to guarantee an intimate, informal and candid discussion on the current emerging fire service matters that mean the most to you.  The amount of information shared is invaluable!
 
The OAFC Fire Service Roundtable is open to OAFC members only.
 

About the 2016 Roundtable Sponsor

"We are the School of Social and Community Services. Through our fire services, criminal justice, and human services programs, we help prepare our students with the skills and knowledge needed to rise up to the challenges they will face in their careers. State of the art facilities combined with extensive work placements bring learning to life and help transform our students into graduates that become an integral part of our communities. Experienced faculty guide students through the program. Every one of our programs open a door to a new pathway. Every pathway leads to a new opportunity. We are dedicated to delivering more than an education – we are changing lives.” 
 
 

Accommodations

Hilton Niagara Falls
6361 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V9
1-905-354-7887 

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites offers an elegant stay with 53 floors of breathtaking views over the Horseshoe and American falls. The Hilton Niagara Falls is just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and provides a stylish backdrop to this natural wonder.  
 
Relax in your guest room which can sleep up to six people. Classic wooden fittings provide an inviting ambience while double whirlpool tubs in oversized bathrooms are among the special touches.
 
Savor an array of international specialties while overlooking peerless views of Niagara Falls 33 floors up at The Watermark restaurant. Complete the evening with drinks and live music at Myst Lounge for unforgettable Niagara evening. Open-fire grilled cuts are the order of the day at Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse or choose favorite Italian dishes at the Pranzo Italian Grill.
 
    
 
 
   
 
 

Destination Overview

 

   

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls will take your breath away, and it’s not just because of the magnificent view. A four-season destination rich with culture, history, recreation, entertainment, world-class cuisine and natural wonders, Niagara Falls is a naturally inspired destination. Packed with attractions, world-class hotels, dining and exciting nightlife, there is so much for you to see and do while visiting Niagara Falls.
 
What’s your perfect Niagara Falls getaway? Visit http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/ to start planning your visit.
 

Travel to Hilton Niagara Falls

There are many ways to get to the Hilton Niagara Falls depending on which direction you are coming from. We recommend visiting the Hilton’s website as they have highlighted many travel routes.

Please visit them at http://www.niagarafallshilton.com/directions/index.php

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Contact Us

 
Have a question about the Midterm Meeting or Fire Service Roundtable?  
 
Looking for opportunities to attend or sponsor an event?  
 
Our event team would be more than happy to assist you!  Please contact Michelle O'Hara at michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca or 905-426-9865 x222.