OAFC Occupational Health & Safety Training Workshop

Save the Date:  Occupational Health & Safety Training Workshop - September 19 & 20, 2017, Location TBA

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Occupational Health and Safety Training Workshop is a two-day training seminar that addresses topics that are at the forefront of health and safety issues in fire departments. 
The event is relevant to anyone working in a fire department, whether full time or volunteer. The training workshop takes a hands-on approach by allowing participants to be actively involved in the presentations while getting the “straight talk” on the issues facing them on a daily basis. 
2016 topics include hygiene programs in your fire department, workplace return to work programs and accommodations, firefighter health and fitness training programs, relevance of Section 21 guidelines, modern positive pressure attack and mental health resiliency training. 
Specific to all types of fire departments in Ontario, the OAFC Occupational Health and Safety Training Workshop provides an ideal forum to get answers to your important health and safety questions, and affords the opportunity to learn valuable information and discover what other departments are doing, and how they address important health and safety issues.
Don't miss the opportunity to participate in this valuable training seminar.  


OAFC 2016 Occupational Health & Safety Training Workshop Agenda

Wednesday, September 14
Markham C
MC, City of Markham Mayor, Frank Scarpitti, Markham Fire & Emergency Services, Chief Dave Decker, OAFC President, Stephen Hernen
Markham AB
Section 21 Update
Andy Kostiuk, Division Commander, Toronto Fire Services, Section 21 Committee
Markham AB
From Knowledge to Practice Fire Literacy and Applied Fire Dynamics
Division Chief Peter J. McBride, Ottawa Fire Services
Markham AB
Coffee Break
Barrie Fire & Emergency Service First Responder Prevention and Wellness Program
Chief Bill Boyes, Deputy Cory Mainprize, and Captain Todd Byers, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service
Markham AB
What are ‘Health Services’ in a Volunteer Fire Department
Training Officer Paul Calleja, Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department and Dr Lowell Greib, The SportLab 
Markham AB
How to Apply Book 7 - The Clarington Experience
Deputy Chief Mark Berney, Clarington Fire and Emergency Services
Markham AB
Markham C
What to Do When the MOL Arrives
Norm Keith, Fasken Martineau
Markham AB
Decontamination & Hygiene Procedures for Volunteer Fire Departments
Rob Grimwood, Manager of Emergency Services/Fire Chief, Haldimand County Fire and Emergency Services
Markham AB
Coffee Break
Legislation:  Return to Work Programs and Workplace Accommodation 
Julia Nanos, Hicks Morley
Markham AB
Wrap Up
Markham AB Ballroom
Thursday, September 15
R2MR Leadership Course
Markham A & B Ballroom


Speaker and Presentation Overviews

Section 21 Update
Presented by: Andy Kostiuk, Division Commander, Toronto Fire Services, Section 21 Committee

This presentation will provide an overview of hot topics being currently reviewed by the Fire Service S21 Committee as well as the latest Guidance Notes that have been recently released or that are in the MOL approval process and about to be released.

Andy started in the fire service on July 4, 1978. He is currently the Management Co-Chair for the Toronto Fire Services Health and Safety Committee, the Health and Safety Chair for Ontario Fire Chiefs Health and Safety Committee, Management Co-Chair Fire Service Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Labour and the management lead for PSU, Haz/CBRNE and Tech Rescues.

From Knowledge to Practice Fire Literacy and Applied Fire Dynamics
Presented by: Division Chief Peter J. McBride, Ottawa Fire Services
Scientiam Quaerere In Igni = Seek Knowledge In Fire

The City of Ottawa Fire Services is leading the development of an evidence-based fire dynamics training (FDT) curriculum that will assist in closing current critical knowledge and capability gaps.  This training will be incorporated into Canadian firefighting training certification standards for adoption and use by all fire services in Canada.  Ottawa Fire Services is partnering with the Calgary Fire Department; Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal; and Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency.

Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) has funded the project with a $1.2 million dollar grant and the project has an additional $2.5 million in-kind funding from participants and industry partners. The DRDC-CSSP mandate is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations and intelligence.

Embedding scientific knowledge of fire dynamics into firefighting operations.

Project Synopsis

This project addresses gaps between the science of fire dynamics and current firefighting strategies and tactics, translating knowledge into practice and resulting in safer and more effective fire-related emergency and disaster mitigation.  The project goals are to reduce social, economic, environmental, legal and life-safety risks and impacts due to fire through the development of a collaborative, evidence-based fire dynamics curriculum, and safe, realistic live fire training tools.  The project will confirm theory and make it accessible to front-line workers, confronting a wide range of existing, inaccurate and potentially dangerous assumptions and replacing them with complex, often non-intuitive research findings in a valid and reliable way. Project transition to the operational level will occur through new industry standards, endorsed curriculum and validated technologies. These outcomes will inform fire service investment decisions, policies, procedures and practices nationally and internationally and present innovative commercial development opportunities for industry.

The project has received widespread support from the international fire service community, including: the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners; the Canadian Fire Service Education, Training and Certification Council; the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs; the International Association of Fire Fighters; the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association; the Association des Pompiers de Montréal; the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association; the National Research Council of Canada; the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG U.S. Department of State); Underwriters Laboratories; the National Institute of Standards and Technology;  the North American Fire Training Directors; the International Fire Service Training Association; International Society of Fire Service Instructors; and the National Fire Protection Association; the University of Waterloo; Carleton University; Algoma University; and the University of Toronto; and fire services from the United States (FDNY, Columbus Division of Fire, L.A. County, Boston Fire Department), Australia (Brisbane - QFRS, Sidney - NSWFB) Belgium (Brussels), England (Lancashire Fire & Rescue), France (Yvelines), Germany (Frankfurt), Ireland (Dublin), Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

Industry partners include Bullard, Bullex, DQE Inc, Fire Engineering Magazine, FireHouse Magazine, Firefighter Close Calls.com, LION, Logistik Unicorp, Mercedes Textiles, MSA and Task Force Tips.

Through this tremendous international collaborative effort it has been made possible that the curriculum and all project content will be made available free of charge internationally for adoption/adaptation by interested fire services and standards organizations.
Peter McBride is the Division Chief of Safety & Innovation with the Ottawa Fire Services. Peter’s mandate is to deliver service excellence by building a learning and safety culture for and with the 1500 members of the Ottawa Fire Service. McBride regularly advocates for advances in health and safety on behalf of the fire service and has a passion for sharing ideas and seeking insights from others. His advocacy has been responsible for initiating many innovative partnerships.
Peter is currently engaged in leading a 1.2 million Canadian Safety and Security Program grant directed at the development of a fire dynamics program for the Canadian Fire Service entitled “From Knowledge To Practice”. The project addresses gaps between the science of fire dynamics and current firefighting strategies and tactics and includes operational industrial hygiene as part of the project objectives in advancing fire fighter’s understanding of Fire Literacy
Barrie Fire & Emergency Service First Responder Prevention and Wellness Program
Presented by: Chief Bill Boyes, Deputy Chief Cory Mainprize, and Captain Todd Byers, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service
The First Responder Prevention and Wellness Program (developed and administered by Dr. Glen Selkirk) was conducted with Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) employees between February 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016.  This was a joint initiative supported by the Barrie Professional Firefighter's Association, who played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the trial program. A total of 95 participants were selected from a pool of 110 interested BFES employees. Members from all branches were allowed to participate and the number of participants allocated from each branch was proportional to the percentage of that branch in the total membership of BFES personnel.  The results of this trial will help guide the decision making process to ensure a sustainable wellness program can be implemented that maximizes return on investment.  The ultimate goal is to improve the department's overall health and wellness while striving to reduce all associated health care related costs such as fringe benefits, sick leave and potential WSIB claims due to presumptive legislation. This will complement other departmental wellness initiatives, such as the Peer Fitness Trainers (PFTs), Critical Incident Stress team training and the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) initiative.
The program itself along with the challenges of starting a comprehensive wellness program in a full time urban fire service will be discussed. There were a number of lessons learned that fire departments should consider when undertaking a similar initiative. 
Health Services in a Volunteer Fire Department
A philosophical change and strategic direction to appropriately address the health of volunteer firefighters
Presented by: Training Officer Paul Calleja, Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department and Dr Lowell Greib, The SportLab 
  • Does your department offer ‘health and wellness’ programs or services that are underutilized? 
  • Do you have difficulties getting your firefighters involved in their own health?
  • As a department are you addressing the needs of your firefighters as it relates to their health?  
Over the course of almost half a decade, the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department has provided offerings that we feel, serves our firefighter’s health in a positive way.  However over the last few years, our approach and philosophy has drastically changed.  Learn how the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department developed a strategic approach to address health risks while simultaneously creating an inclusive cultural change in our service.
Paul Calleja is an eleven year member of the fire service, with the first seven as a volunteer, and the last four in his current position as Training Officer/Suppression Captain with the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department.  Paul is responsible for developing and delivering training to approximately 100 members spread over 6 stations.  He is a lead instructor within the District of Muskoka, providing recruit training to the 6 municipalities within the district. Paul currently sits on the Training Officers Liaison Committee which works with the OAFC and OAFTO.  He has also participated on an OAFC technical committee which developed the new Solar Electricity Safety Handbook for Firefighters. Paul’s fitness interests range from playing junior hockey and Ontario premier league soccer to participating in a variety of endurance events including Olympic distance Triathlons, Half marathons and Fire Fit challenges.
Dr. Lowell Greib founded The SportLab in 2011, which offers consulting in Sport Nutrition and Sport Therapy to active individuals which range from the Professional, Olympic, X-Games and Occupational athlete, to those who are active in sport purely for the fun of it. Dr. Greib raced as a professional ultra distance mountain biker, while completing both his Degree in Biochemistry/Biotechnology and his Masters in Chemistry at the University of Waterloo. He then completed 4 years of medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, where he founded (and subsequently directed) the Sports Medicine Program. His academic positions include the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and the National University of Natural Medicine where he teaches methodology to improve athlete performance.
How to Apply Book 7 - The Clarington Experience
Presented by: Deputy Chief Mark Berney, Clarington Fire and Emergency Services and Marc Ladouceur, Acting Captain & JHSC Co-Chair
After several near misses on highways, Clarington’s Joint Health & Safety Committee co-chairs investigation revealed the department’s traffic control policy and training in this area required action. This presentation will walk you through the Clarington experience of enhancing firefighter safety on highways with speeds greater than 90 km/h and roadways with speeds of 90 km/h or less.
Mark Berney has been in the fire service for 31 years, the past 11 years as Deputy Fire Chief. Mark has been instrumental creating operational efficiencies and programs targeting municipal risk. Mark has co-authored department instructional and operational manuals, department policy and guidelines. Mark co-chaired Durham’s working group representing fire services on the NextGen Interoperability Communications Platform project, Mark is a certified member of the Municipalities Joint Health and Safety Committee and is an OAFC Vice President with the Fire Services portfolio.
Marc Ladouceur has been in the fire service for 24 years, the past 4 years as Acting Captain. Before joining the fire service, Marc was a constable with Toronto Police Service and a paramedic with Peterborough Emergency Medical Service. Marc instructs at Centennial College in the fire and emergency medical responder fields. Marc has been a certified member the Municipalities joint health and safety committee for 12 years, 8 years as the co-chair.
Decontamination & Hygiene Procedures for Volunteer Fire Departments
Presented by: Rob Grimwood, Manager of Emergency Services/Fire Chief, Haldimand County Fire and Emergency Services
Many Ontario Fire Departments are in the process of implementing, or working towards implementing, firefighter decontamination and hygiene procedures. Nothing is more important than firefighter safety and one of the biggest hazards that firefighters face is contamination following fire suppression. It is important for departments to have procedures in place to minimize firefighter exposure and contamination. These procedures can be even more challenging to implement in volunteer fire departments. This session will outline the process that one volunteer department is going through to develop and implement firefighter decontamination and hygiene procedures.
Rob is the Manager of Emergency Services and Fire & Paramedic Services Chief for Haldimand County. This position is a combined role of Fire Chief, Chief of Paramedic Services and Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator. Haldimand County is located on the shore of Lake Erie just South of Hamilton and just West of the Niagara Region. The Haldimand County Fire Department is comprised of 11 Stations and 280 volunteer firefighters and responds to approximately 1,000 calls annually and Haldimand County EMS employs approximately 70 paramedics and responds to approximately 8,000 calls annually.
In addition Rob is a volunteer with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department where he started his fire services career 20 years ago. In his time in Niagara-on-the-Lake he has served as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and now is an Assistant District Chief.
Prior to coming to Haldimand County Rob was employed as a professional firefighter with the Toronto Fire Services and a paramedic with the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
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. In addition to his current position he is a zone director for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, an alternate fire coordinator for the Office of the Fire marshal, a member of the Section 21 Committee and an instructor with Dalhousie University.
What to Do When the MOL Arrives
Presented by Norm Keith, Fasken Martineau
When an OHS Inspector/Officer arrives at the workplace, many employers and their managers do not know what their rights are. This seminar was designed specifically at the request of clients to understand their rights and responsibilities when an OHS Inspector/Officer arrives for a routine inspection, workplace complaint, work refusal, or an accident investigation. The rights and responsibilities of employers and management when an OHS Inspector/ Officer arrives in this half-day seminar will include:
  • Review of OHS Inspector/Officer's legal authority
  • Understanding reporting obligations when there is a workplace accident or fatality
  • Charter rights to be free from unreasonable search seizure
  • Charter right to retain and instruct legal counsel
  • OHS Inspector/Officer's power to issue orders
  • Employer's right to appeal OHS Inspector/Officer's orders 
Norm Keith is a senior partner practicing in the areas of regulatory, employment and white collar defence and government investigations in the Toronto office.
Mr. Keith advises, represents and defends corporations, directors, officers, senior managers, individuals and governments in a wide variety of matters including workplace health & safety, white collar crime, corporate investigations, anti-trust competition, wrongful terminations, securities fraud, fiduciary duties, constitutional and human rights litigation, environmental enforcement, anti-bribery and corruption and corporate social responsibility. He is also the co-founder of Fasken Martineau’s White Collar Defence and Investigations practice group.  
He has written the leading text on corporate crime in Canada, Corporate Crime, Accountability and Social Responsibility in Canada (2nd Edition). He is the author of Insider Trading in Canada and Canadian Anti-Corruption Law and Compliance. Mr. Keith advises and represents clients throughout Canada and internationally on anti-bribery, anti-trust, securities fraud, corporate ethics and governance investigations.
Mr. Keith is the leading occupational health and safety defence lawyer in Canada. He has authored numerous books on the subject including, Canadian Health and Safety Law (Canada Law Book), Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual, Practical Guide to OHS Compliance in Ontario (4th Ed.), and Workplace Health and Safety Crimes, the leading book on the Bill C-45 amendments to the Criminal Code.
He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) the first practising lawyer in Canada to earn the CRSP designation. He was voted Safety Professional of the year by the ASSE in 2010. He has lectured at the University of Western Ontario, University of British Columbia and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Norm recently completed the Chicago marathon (2015) and has completed four Ironman distance triathlons. He has worked as a hard rock miner, a career counsellor, a construction labourer, and a management trainee at a major Canadian bank. He was a judge for Canada's Safest Employer Awards for 2014 and 2015 and is a judge for the upcoming 2016 awards.
Legislation: Return to Work Programs and Workplace Accommodation
Presented by Julia Nanos, Hicks Morley
In this presentation, we will review the key principles and law relating to the duty to accommodate, including employers’ obligations under the Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. We will focus on disability accommodation, and will review recent case law from the fire sector and beyond, which provide guidance to employers with respect to both the substantive and procedural aspects of the duty to accommodate, and the development of return to work plans. Finally, we will touch briefly on accommodation issues as they relate to occupational injuries and illnesses, both for career and volunteer firefighters.


OAFC 2016 Occupational Health & Safety Training Workshop Host Hotel and Accommodations


Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa
1-905-470-8500 FAX: 1-905-477-8611
The Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa offers roomy suites comprised of a bedroom and separate living area, with a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed in the parlor providing further sleeping quarters. Marble bathrooms provide a touch of luxury and upgraded cable package shows on two TVs in each suite. Upgrade to one of our Deluxe Corner or VIP Suites.
Choose from traditional Canadian specialties at Essence of Unionville for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Absolute Atrium Lounge makes a great spot for cocktails or a light dinner.
The onsite Conference Centre is among the largest in the Toronto area, holding up to 1,371 people for the ultimate Markham convention or celebration.
Whether conducting business, keeping up with a fitness routine or looking to spend quality time with your family, our Hilton hotel is here to make the most of your stay by offering the services you need, the amenities you expect, and the extras you deserve.
Spacious two-room suites feature one king or two double beds with a queen-sized sofa bed in the separate living room and marble bathroom with standing shower or step in tub. Each suite comes with complimentary WiFi or wired internet access, in-room safe, one line speaker phones with voice mail, alarm clock radio, two 32-inch flat screen TVs, coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea and an iron and ironing board. Larger and upgraded deluxe suites are also available.
Room Rate:  Standard Atrium Room:  $139
Parking is complimentary
Check In:  3:00 pm
Check Out:  12:00 pm
For reservations, visit the OAFC booking link at http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/Y/YYZAPHF-1OAF-20160913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or contact 1-905-470-8500 and reference our booking code ONTARIO ASSOC OF FIRE CHIEFS
The special hotel rate expires on August 29, 2016.  Book now and avoid disappointment.