OAFC Midterm Meeting

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

October 17, 2017 Updates

Due to popular demand, we have added a second Fire Service Roundtable for Suburban-Rural departments on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  This will run in conjunction with the other two sessions.  

The special negotiated hotel rate and the all-inclusive registration package for the OAFC 2017 Midterm Meeting and Fire Service Roundtable expires this Friday, October 20, 2017.  Book now and avoid dissapointment.  More information can be found below and by selecting the tabs on the left navigation menu. 
 

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!

Please note that this option is now expired 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!
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #Midterm17 – the official hashtag of the OAFC 2017 Midterm Meeting!

2017 Midterm Meeting Agenda

 

Draft as at November 13, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Time
Presentation/Event
Speaker
Location
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
OAFC PAC Committee Meeting 
Lake Ontario Room
9:00am
OAFC Health and Safety Committee Meeting
Lake Simcoe Room
10:30am
OAFC Fire Prevention/Public Education Committee Meeting 
Lake Simcoe Room
10:30am
OAFC Rural/Suburban Committee Meeting
Angel Falls Ballroom
10:30am
OAFC Urban Committee Meeting
Victoria Falls Ballroom
12:00pm
Lunch
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
1:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Urban Roundtable
Angels Falls Ballroom
1:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Suburban & Rural Roundtable Group A
Niagara Falls Ballroom
1:00pm OAFC Fire Service Suburban & Rural Roundtable Group B Victoria Falls Ballroom
2:45pm
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
4:00pm
Roundtable Closing Remarks
Victoria, Angel & Niagara 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
Updates on Fire Training, the Driver Certification Program and Class B licences
Keith Madill, Team Lead, Driver Programs Office, MTO and Kalpana Rajgopalan, AS&E
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
The Fire Prevention Paradox...Is Our Culture Killing Us?

Billy D. Hayes, Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety

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 Certification Update Chief Ted Bryan, OAFC Board and Kalpana Rajgopalan, AS&E Great Falls Ballroom
4:40pm
NFPA in Canada and Why it Matters to You!
Laura King, Canadian Public Education Representative, NFPA
Great Falls Ballroom

 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Time
Presentation/Event
Speaker
Location
6:30am
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
6:30am
Breakfast
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
8:30am
OAFC Vice Presidents Update
OAFC Business/General Meeting
(Active Members Only)
Treasurers Report, Strategic Review, 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
10:45am
Natural Gas Asareness Training for Your Fire Department
Dana Franzgrote
Advisor, Emergency Programs, Enbridge
 Great Falls Ballroom
11:15am
Fire Safety 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
12:15pm
Closing Remarks, Lunch and Departures
Foyer,Great Falls Ballroom
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #Midterm17 – the official hashtag of the OAFC 2017 Midterm Meeting!
 
Speaker and Presentation Overviews
 
 
NFPA Update
Presented by Laura King, Canadian Public Education Representative, NFPA
 
Resources, resources, resources. NFPA’s abundance of fire safety tools and messaging for chiefs, FPOs and educators is free, easily accessible and evolving to include more Canadian content. Learn about the role of the NFPA’s new public-education rep in Canada and how NFPA can help your department with its community risk reduction. Understand the resources available to help your department spread fire-safety messages. Find out about NFPA training in Canada. And leave armed with a public-education tool kit your whole department can use. All in 15 minutes!
 
Biography:
Laura King is the NFPA’s new public-education representative for Canada, helping departments build fire- and life-safety programs. Laura was editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines for 10 years before moving to NFPA in September.
 
Flooding in Ontario - Panel Discussion
Presented by Fire Chief Chris Harrow, Minto Fire Department,  Fire Chief Gord Weir, Clarington Fire Services, Fire Chief Brian Wilson, Clarence-Rockland Fire Department
 
Experts from throughout Ontario will discuss their personal experiences and lessons learned in responding to flooding emergencies.
 
These chief fire officers will provide a synopsis of those experiences, such as warning signs, the type of flood (i.e. river or lake), personnel involved, resources used, damage costing, emergency status declaration and more. The panelists will also discuss the aftermath of flooding emergencies on a community and how a fire department can support restoration. 
 
Chris Harrow is the Fire Chief for the Minto Fire Department and the Community Emergency Measures Coordinator for the Town of Minto since 2007.  He has been a fire fighter for 23 years all for the Town of Minto.  Before accepting the full time Fire Chief position, Chris was an Advanced Care Paramedic for 13 years in Wellington County. 
 
Presently, Chris is on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.  He is married to a very supportive wife and has 2 Boys heavily involved in sports.
 
Gord Weir has been the Fire Chief of Clarington Emergency and Fire Services since January 2004.  His career with the fire service began when he joined as a part-time firefighter on June 21, 1982 responding to the Bowmanville Fire Station, which was located at 132 Church Street at that time.  In 1988 he was hired by the Municipality as a full time firefighter.  In 1994 he was promoted to the level of Captain and in November 1998 he was promoted to the level of Divisional Manager, a position equivalent to a Deputy Fire Chief.
 
Gord has become involved in many worthy projects since joining the fire service.  He was responsible for getting defibrillators on the pumpers and enthusiastically approached our business community leaders to partner with the Municipality in order to raise the funds for this project.  He is an active member of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and has served the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office as chair of the Endorsement Review Board which undertook to standardize the education and training programs offered to the Ontario fire service.
 
Gord has completed extensive courses related to emergency planning through the Canadian Emergency Preparedness College in Ottawa and currently chairs the Community Emergency Management Planning Committee.  Most recently he has been involved in flood and disaster preparedness.
 
Gord has forged relationships with key stakeholders in the community such as Ontario Power Generation and the Ganaraska Forest Committee with regards to safety and advancements in fire protection.
 
Brian Wilson has been in the fire service since the late 1990s, and is currently the Director of Protective Services/ Fire Chief / CEMC for the City of Clarence-Rockland. Chief Wilson started as a volunteer in Lake Louise, Alberta, and has served on 4 departments in Ontario, and 2 in Saskatchewan. Chief Wilson has served in operations, training and prevention divisions and has worked for volunteer, composite, and career departments. Outside of work, Chief Wilson volunteers as a Disaster Response Team Leader for an International NGO and has led Disaster Response Teams on Haiti, Philippines, Nepal, and Ecuador. He holds his NFPA 1021 Fire Officer IV and Fire Officer Certificate through JIBC, Certificates in Fire Service Leadership & Administration from Dalhousie University, and he is completing his Masters Degree on Disaster & Emergency Management through Royal Roads University. Chief Wilson is also a Certified Municipal Manager III through OMMI, and was recently awarded the Chief Fire Officer designation by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
 
 
The Fire Prevention Paradox…Is Our Culture Killing Us?
Presented by Billy D. Hayes, Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety
 
Every year, the fire service encounters firefighter line of duty deaths, and in most cases, these deaths are preventable.  While we tend to focus our attention on operational issues on the fire ground that may have led to the tragedy, we overlook the cause of the event that initiated the response.  This presentation will examine the culture towards fire & injury prevention and the many factors as to why it may exist. It will be discussed how fire and injury prevention may be the answer to making a significant reduction in line of duty deaths and injuries. In the end, we must ask ourselves is our culture truly killing us, and is the fire service prepared to make a culture change?
 
Biography:
Billy D. Hayes is currently the Chief Program Officer for The National Center for Fire and Life Safety. He has served as Vice President of University Relations for Columbia Southern University, the Director of Community Affairs for the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department, and as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Riverdale, GA. He is a graduate of Georgia Military College and Columbia Southern University, the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, and has a Certificate in Local Government Management from the University of Georgia. He is a Past-President of the Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association and Past-Chairman of the Board for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, and serves on the Alabama Public Safety Leadership Academy Advisory Board. Hayes is a published author and speaker on fire, life safety, and leadership. 
 
Changes to the Ambulance Act
Presented by Steven A. Haddad, M.A., Senior Manager, Enhancing Emergency Services in Ontario, MOHLTC
 
Steven will present on the Government’s June 5, 2017 announcement of its intention to enhance and modernize the emergency health services (EHS) system in Ontario and commitment to conduct consultations to inform change, including:
  • Better leveraging the skills of paramedics to provide appropriate on-scene treatment and refer patients to non-hospital options, such as primary, home and/or community-based care; and, 
  • Providing funding for two pilots in interested municipalities that will enable firefighters certified as paramedics to respond to low acuity calls to treat and release or treat and refer a patient.
The presentation will include an update on the proposed legislative amendments.
 
Biography:
Steven Haddad is the Senior Manager of the Enhancing Emergency Services in Ontario (EESO) Office, with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The EESO initiative is a modernization of the emergency health services system to improve and sustain quality coordinated care across the patient’s journey. This initiative aligns with the ministry’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care.
 
Prior to this assignment, Steven has held increasingly senior roles in MOHLTC, Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, Ministry of Research & Innovation and Cabinet Office.  Most recently, he was Interim Manager, Planning & In-Year Management in the Fiscal Oversight and Performance Branch (MOHLTC), which has oversight responsibilities for the province’s $50+ billion health care budget.  His broad public service leadership experience includes advancing health sector transformation (i.e., modernization of the Assistive Devices Program), and supporting the oversight and delivery of business support programs.
 
Annex Partnership Update
Presented by Becky Atkinson, Manager Firehall Bookstore
 
Becky Atkinson works for the book division of Annex Business media, known as the Firehall Bookstore, providing education and training materials to the Canadian fire service.
 
With over 10 years of experience working with fire service professionals, earning her the friendly moniker of Bookstore Becky, she provides resources and support to help fire departments train, operate, grow, and lead.
 
Ms. Atkinson is currently involved in bringing more Canadian voices to print of fire service leaders, and the creation and production of valuable tools that can assist fire departments with fire prevention and life safety education initiatives in their communities.
 
Becky holds a BA in Communications, with a concentration in media and culture, from Brock University.
 
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Presented by Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management
 
Biography:
Ross was appointed Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management effective October 5, 2015. On August 4, 2017, Ross was confirmed as the permanent Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management.
 
Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management
During the last several years Ross has provided strategic leadership in fire protection services, investigations and emergency management programming in Ontario. Ross’ leadership as well as he support and credibility he has established with both the fire and emergency management stakeholders, will move the organization forward as he continues to embed his wealth of knowledge and experience at the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM).
 
As Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management Ross has been an active member of the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners (CCFMFC) and the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM) - a Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) body that works to harmonize and improve emergency practices across the country.
Ross joined the OFMEM from his role as an Inspector with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), where he had been the Liaison Officer for the Toronto 2015 Pan AM/Parapan AM Games Integrated Security Unit (ISU) – the group responsible for coordinating security planning and operations. Ross was responsible for relationship-building and facilitating the flow of information between the ISU (comprised of partner agencies at the municipal, regional, provincial and federal levels) and the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee.
 
From 2007 until his appointment to the ISU, he was a full-time Critical Incident Commander in the OPP, responsible for commanding the integrated response to critical and public order incidents and providing on-ground leadership to the high-performance teams tasked with resolving them. In 2011-12, he deployed overseas for 12 months as a Senior Police Advisor supporting the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan.
 
Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph and has also completed a wide range of advanced investigative and command training as well as executive professional development.
 
Certification Update:  Modernization of Fire Service Training, Education and Certification in Ontario
Presented by Chief Ted Bryan, OAFC Board and Kalpana Rajgopalan, AS&E
 
As the scope and role of fire and emergency services in Ontario continues to grow and change in response to various economic, social and political factors, the fire service will be required to evolve to continue meeting the needs of modern communities. The OAFC continues to partner with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) via its Academic Standards and Evaluation branch to ensure firefighters in Ontario are trained, educated and certified in the types of emergency response protocols required to keep colleagues and communities safe in the years ahead.
 
This presentation will provide a synopsis of the current OFMEM/AS&E and OAFC training, education, and certification programs for the Ontario fire service, and will include:
 

1.       Ontario Accredited Certification Programs including NFPA 1006 – 2017 Edition
2.       New online knowledge, testing and results
3.       Provincial Lead Evaluator Program
4.       ISO Re-accreditation for Certification
5.       FSTT – Effects on Training and Certification 

Fire Chief Ted Bryan, Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan
Chief Bryan has served on the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan fire department for 42 years, holding the position of fire chief since 1986.  He also served as volunteer fire chief until 1997 when the township amalgamated. At that time, he left his career and family business to pursue fire services full-time.
 
Chief Bryan is a member of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) Board of Directors, acting as chair to the Training and Education Advisory Committee. He previously served multiple terms on the OAFC Board of Directors as Vice President. 
During his last tenure on the OAFC Board, Chief Bryan took the lead in initiating the move from the Ontario Fire Service Standards to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Professional Qualification Standards throughout Ontario’s fire service. Seeing this project through to fruition has become a personal passion for Chief Bryan.
 
He is currently an Adjunct Instructor for the Ontario Fire College, an Instructor for the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy, and a part-time faculty for Sir Sanford Fleming College.
 
Chief Bryan continues to be actively involved in other organizations and groups, such as the Provincial IMS Steering Committee, IMS Resource Typing Working Group, the Sir Sanford Fleming College Program Advisory Committees for the Pre-Service Fire and Emergency Management, the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy, and most recently, the Premier’s Fire Safety Technical Table.
 
Chief Bryan resides with his wife, Andrea, on the north shore of Rice Lake, where they raised their four children, two boys and two girls.
 
Fire Safety Technical Table Update
Presented by Chief Stephen Hernen, Chief Ted Bryan, Chief John Hay, Deputy Chief Kim Ayotte, Deputy Chief Jim Jessop

 
The Fire Safety Technical Table (the Table) was established in January 2017 to review fire safety in Ontario. The Table has been tasked with providing advice on the development of proactive and evidence-based solutions to enhance fire safety in Ontario. 

 

Don't forget to tweet #Midterm17 – the official hashtag of the OAFC 2017 Midterm Meeting!
 

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 THREE concurrent roundtable sessions.
 
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable URBAN SESSION - 1 Session
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable RURAL-SUBURBAN SESSION - 2 Sessions
 
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
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
Angel Falls Ballroom
Victoria Falls Ballroom
‚ÄčNiagara Falls Ballroom
2:45pm
Coffee Break
Niagara Falls Ballroom
3:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Urban
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
Angel Falls Ballroom
Victoria Falls Ballroom
Niagara 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

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  THE SPECIAL HOTEL RATE EXPIRED ON OCTOBER 20, 2017

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.  
 
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #Midterm17 – the official hashtag of the OAFC 2017 Midterm Meeting!
 

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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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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