OAFC Midterm Meeting

OAFC 2017 Midterm Meeting, November 22 & 23, Hilton, Niagara Falls

About the Midterm Meeting

The Midterm Meeting is an annual gathering of members from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) who participate in various presentations on current topics that are relevant to the fire service. The Midterm Meeting affords you the opportunity to network, collaborate and discuss important issues that affect you and the fire service in Ontario.  

Over the course of 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, education/training opportunities and more! In addition, we include updates from industry partners, as well as other organizations and associations.  

The OAFC Midterm Meeting also includes a business session, featuring a six-month update on association matters following the annual general meeting in May.
 
 

OAFC 2017 Fire Service Roundtable, November 21, Hilton, Niagara Falls

Sponsored by 

 

About the OAFC Fire Service Roundtable

Operational, planning and management professionals from fire departments across the province are invited to come together and discuss current and emerging issues within the fire service.  
 
Designed after the Metro Fire Planners Conference, this interactive forum has been formatted for participants to share leading practices, seek ideas on how to mitigate challenges they are facing, offer innovative ideas and solutions, and share methodologies with one another. Participants discuss local and provincial challenges they face, as well as highlight best practices and lessons learned with other like-minded fire departments.
 
Prior to the event, participant’s forward topics of interest to the OAFC in order to build an intuitive, thought-provoking agenda. Read more
 

All-inclusive package returns for 2017!

The OAFC has added a member’s all-inclusive registration package for the Midterm Meeting.  The 2017 package includes:
  • Three nights accommodation at the Roundtable/Midterm hotel, the Hilton Niagara Falls (November 20,21,22).
  • OAFC Fire Service Roundtable on November 21, 2017 (with your choice of the urban or suburban-rural session), sponsored by Humber College.
  • Lunch and coffee break on November 21, 2017.
  • Roundtable reception on November 21, 2017, sponsored and hosted by Humber College.
  • OAFC Midterm Meeting on November 22 & 23, 2017.
  • Breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks on November 22 & 23, 2017.
The all-inclusive package is offered to OAFC members for $850.00 per person*. The package is tailored to those members wanting to take part in both the Midterm and Roundtable, and who are planning to stay at the hotel for the duration of the event. Best of all, you only have to register once. The OAFC staff team looks after all the arrangements! By utilizing this full-service option, we are able to offer you $25.00 in saving on the package, versus booking a-la-carte.
 
Additional information can be found on our registration options page*(Terms and conditions apply - opper expires on October 20, 2017.)
 
We look forward to welcoming you in Niagara Falls!
 
 
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2017 Midterm Meeting Agenda

 

Draft as at September 13, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017
Time
Presentation/Event
Speaker
Location
8:30am
Humber Course:  FSMC 004 Municipal/Provincial/Federal Fire Service Legislation
 
Additional registration required.
Lake Superior Room
3:00pm to 7:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time
Presentation/Event
Speaker
Location
8:00am
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
9:00am
PAC Meeting
TBA
10:00am
Training Advisory Committee Meeting
TBA
10:00am
Health and Safety Committee Meeting
TBA
10:30am
Rural/Suburban Meeting
TBA
10:30am
Urban Committee Meeting
TBA
12:00pm
Lunch
Niagara Falls Room
1:00pm
Urban Roundtable
Angels Falls Ballroom
1:00pm
Suburban & Rural Roundtable
Victoria Falls Ballroom
2:45pm
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
4:00pm
Roundtable Closing Remarks
Victoria & Angel Falls Ballrooms
5:30pm
Fire Service Roundtable Cocktail Reception, sponsored and hosted by Humber College
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Time
Presentation/Event
Speaker
Location
6:30am
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
7:30am
Breakfast
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
8:30am
OAFC President’s Report
Chief Stephen Hernen, President, OAFC
Great Falls Ballroom
9:30am
ACSIQ/OAFC Partnership
President Chief Stephen Hernen, OAFC & President Sylvain Dufresne, ACSIQ
Great Falls Ballroom
10:00am
OAFC/First Alert/BRK Partnership Awards
First Alert Canada
Great Falls Ballroom
10:15am
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
10:40am
MTO Update
TBA
Great Falls Ballroom
11:10am
Flooding in Ontario:
Panel Discussion
Fire Chief Chris Harrow, Minto Fire Department,  Fire Chief Gord Weir, Clarington Fire Services, Fire Chief Brian Wilson, Clarence-Rockland Fire Department
Great Falls Ballroom
12:00pm
Lunch
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
1:00pm
TBC
Great Falls Ballroom
2:00pm
Changes to the Ambulance Act
Steven A. Haddad, M.A., Senior Manager, Enhancing Emergency Services in Ontario, MOHLTC
Great Falls Ballroom
3:00pm
Annex Partnership Update
Becky Atkinson, Manager, Firehall Bookstore
Great Falls Ballroom
3:15pm
Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
3:40pm
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, OFMEM
Great Falls Ballroom
4:10pm
OAFC Vice Presidents Update
Chief Rick Arnel,
Deputy Chief Kim Ayotte, Chief Mark Berney,
Deputy Chief Deryn Rizzi, Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin
Great Falls Ballroom
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Time
Presentation/Event
Speaker
Location
7:00am
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
7:30am
Breakfast
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
8:30am
OAFC Business Meeting (Active Members Only)
Treasurers Report, Strategic Review, Constitution Changes, Resolutions and Program Updates
Great Falls Ballroom
10:00am
OMMI Presentations
Bill McKim, OMMI
Great Falls Ballroom
10:15am
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
10:30am
Certification Update
Chief Ted Bryan, OAFC and Kalpana Rajgopalan, AS&E
Great Falls Ballroom
11:00am
Responding to Natural Gas Emergencies: Awareness program
Enbridge
 Great Falls Ballroom
11:30am
Fire Service Technical Table Update
Moderated by:  Chief Rick Arnel
Chief Stephen Hernen, Chief Ted Bryan,
Chief John Hay,
Deputy Chief Kim Ayotte, Deputy Chief Jim Jessop
Great Falls Ballroom
12:30pm
Closing Remarks, Lunch and Departures
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
 
 
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Speaker and Presentation Overviews
 
 
Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
 
 
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OAFC Fire Service Roundtable, November 21, 2017, Hilton, Niagara Falls

Sponsored by

 
Operational, planning and management professionals from fire departments across the province are invited to come together and discuss current and emerging issues within the fire service. Designed after the Metro Fire Planners Conference, this interactive forum has been formatted for participants to share leading practices, seek ideas on how to mitigate challenges they are facing, and offer innovative ideas and solutions that they have found successful. Participants share local and provincial challenges, as well as highlight best practices and lessons learned with other like-minded fire services.
 
The best part of the Roundtable is that the participants choose the topics of discussion. Each attendee forwards topics of interest to the OAFC in advance of the roundtable, which builds and intuitive, thought-provoking agenda.
 
Past roundtable attendees have said:
 
"Candid opinions in a focused atmosphere.  Excellent forum.  Great discussion."
 
"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."
 
"It was a great opportunity to discuss issues. Many departments have similar circumstances and it is very interesting to hear the different ways of handling them."
 
“It was my first Roundtable discussion and I was glad to be able to participate. Looking forward to next year.”
 
"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
We will be hosting TWO concurrent roundtable sessions.
 
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable URBAN SESSION 
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable RURAL-SUBURBAN SESSION
 
DRAFT AGENDA - Times may change slightly
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Time
Event
Location
8:00am
Registration Opens
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
12:00pm
Roundtable Networking Lunch
Niagara Falls Ballroom
1:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Urban
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
Angel Falls Ballroom
Victoria Falls Ballroom
2:45pm
Coffee Break
Niagara Falls Ballroom
4:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Urban
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
Angel Falls Ballroom
Victoria Falls Ballroom
5:30pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable Reception, sponsored and hosted by Humber College
Refreshments and appetizers provided
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
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 topics that mean the most to you. The amount of information shared is invaluable! The roundtable is open to OAFC members only.
 
 

Round Table Topics of Discussion

After registering for the Roundtable, participants are required to submit questions and discussion topics that you would like to see incorporated into the agenda. This will give us the foundation for the Roundtable discussion. All discussion topics must be submitted by November 3, 2017 to maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca, so the agenda can be created and shared in advance with all registered participants.
 
 

OAFC Fire Service Roundtable Reception

Sponsored by 

 
The OAFC is pleased to announce that Humber College will once again host a reception immediately following the Roundtable on November 21, 2017. Refreshments and delicious appetizers will be provided to all Roundtable participants. This is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your fire service colleagues and speak directly Humber College representatives. 
 

We look forward to welcoming you!

 

About the OAFC Fire Service 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.” 
 
 
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Midterm Meeting Location and 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.
 
    
 
 
   
 

Parking

The Hilton Niagara Falls offers complimentary rooftop self parking. Covered garage self parking is offered at $10.00 per day with unlimited in and out privileges. Valet parking is offered at $20.00 per day. Clearance of the rooftop and covered garage is 6.8 feet.
 

Hotel Reservations

The OAFC has negotiated special inclusions on your behalf including:
  • Discounted room rates – SAME RATE AS IN 2016!
  • Complimentary internet in guestrooms and meeting space
  • 20% Discount food voucher for all in-house restaurants including Brasa Brazilian and Pranzo Italian Grill
  • For more information on the Hilton Niagara Falls, please visit  http://www.niagarafallshilton.com/index.php
2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite - Falls View - rates from 129.00 CAD/Night - Two King-sized beds, fireplace, whirlpool tub, Queen-sized sofa bed, U.S. Fallsview. This spacious and functional suite, with its enchanting view of the U.S. Falls, features two bedrooms, each with a comfortable King-sized bed and high-definition television, and a separate vanity area for convenience. The main bedroom also features a queen-sized sofa bed. The oversized bathroom provides the ultimate in relaxation with a glass-enclosed whirlpool bath overlooking the main bedroom and beyond. At Hilton Niagara Falls, all our rooms include WiFi access, HD televisions with on-command access, coffee maker, hairdryer, alarm/clock radios, iron, and ironing board.  This suite is located on floors 11 - 22 and can accommodate 6 people (7 with rollaway bed).  
 
2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite - Casino/Cityview - rates from 119.00 CAD/Night - Two King-sized beds, fireplace, whirlpool tub, Queen-sized sofa bed, city view. This spacious and functional suite, with its exciting view of Fallsview Casino and its colourful fountain, feature two bedrooms, each with a comfortable King-sized bed and high-definition television, and a separate vanity area for convenience. The main bedroom also features a queen-sized sofa bed. The oversized bathroom provides the ultimate in relaxation with a glass-enclosed whirlpool bath overlooking the main bedroom and beyond.At Hilton Niagara Falls, all our rooms include WiFi access, HD televisions with on-command access, coffee maker, hairdryer, alarm/clock radios, iron, and ironing board. This suite is located on floors 8 - 15 and can accommodate 6 people (7 with rollaway bed). 
 
To book your hotel room, simply click on the link below, and reserve online. If you'd prefer to book through the phone, please contact 1-800-339-5023 and reference Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.  
 
 
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  THE SPECIAL HOTEL RATE EXPIRES ON OCTOBER 20, 2017
 
 
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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

If the map doesn't load, refresh your screen or press F5.


 
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2017 First Alert/BRK & OAFC Partnership Awards

 
First Alert and BRK present the 2017 Partnership Awards, designed to recognize the partnership between the OAFC, First Alert, BRK, and member fire departments.

The program rewards fire departments who demonstrate excellence and innovation in sharing our Fire Safety message with their respective communities.
 
Award Categories include:
  • Highest Volume
  • Retailer Support
  • Zero Waste Leadership
  • Fire Prevention Leadership
How to Nominate:
Nominating your Fire Department for an award is easy, simply:

1. Select the category for which you wish to be nominated
2. Download and complete the entry form
3. e-mail completed entry form to klam@firstalert.com
 
You can nominate your Fire Department for any number of awards, however only one submission per award will be entered.

AWARD CATEGORIES
 
Highest Volume Fire Department
  • Awarded to the Fire Department who shows leadership in distributing First Alert smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarms to their local community through fire prevention and community outreach initiatives.
  • There is no entry form needed for this award category, judging is based on the highest dollar value of First Alert purchases through the Preferred Member OAFC Order Form between January 1, 2017 and September 30 2017.
Retailer Support Award  - Click to Download Entry Form
  • Awarded to a Fire Department who has participated community events with First Alert retailers
  • Fire Department personnel have shown leadership / ownership in creating conversations with store customers or event attendees, sharing fire safety messaging and increasing category / safety knowledge
  • Fire Department has incorporated best-practices, or innovative educational elements into events
  • Fire Department has demonstrated a proactive approach to the planning of events, ensuring their success
Zero Waste Leadership  - Click to Download Entry Form
  • Awarded to the Fire Department that shows leadership in creating sustainability initiatives which are long-term, and benefit the community both in the present and future
  • Initiatives should be scalable, allowing best practices to be rolled out regionally or provincially as well as locally
  • Initiatives should be inclusive, showing concern for social equity, well-being and diversity
  • Impact of sustainability initiatives should be measurable
  • Efforts are shown to communicate sustainability initiatives to the community the nominee serves
Fire Prevention Leadership  - Click to Download Entry Form
  • Awarded to the Fire Department whose fire prevention initiatives show innovation and originality
  • Activities should meet (or create) a community need or concern
  • Initiatives must show real impact in raising community awareness and education
  • Success of initiatives should be measurable
  • Initiatives should be scalable, allowing best practices to be rolled out regionally or provincially as well as locally
Your Fire Department could win:
  • A $250.00 credit with First Alert/BRK to be used when purchasing Fire Safety products throughout 2017
  • A commemorative plaque showing the year and category for which the award was won
  • Award recognition at the OAFC Conference in November, on the OAFC website, and on the First Alert website
*Nominations close September 31st 2017. Finalists will be announced November 2017*

Contact Us

Have a question about the OAFC Midterm Meeting or Fire Service Roundtable?
Our event team would be more than happy to assist you!  
 
Please contact our office at 905-426-9865. Below, you will find specific staff contact details. Our staff team is here to help ensure your time with us is enjoyable.
 
For general inquires and registration assistance, please contact:
 
Laura Aivaliotis, Program Coordinator at ext.230 or email laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca
Brea Blight, Marketing & Member Services Coordinator ext.226 or email brea.blight@oafc.on.ca
 
For event specific details, please contact:
Maureen Owens, Events & Trade Show Assistant at ext. x224 maureen.owens@oafc.on.ca
 
For details about potential partnership or sponsorship opportunities for OAFC events, please contact: Michelle O’Hara, Business Development at x222 or email michelle.ohara@oafc.on.ca
 
 
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