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
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,
staffing and deployment models,
health and safety,
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.”
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