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NEFEC Committee Announces New Location for 2017!
After extensive review and consideration, the Northeastern Fire Education Conference Committee is pleased to announce that we are moving the conference to the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville Ontario for 2017.  We are very excited at the opportunities this venue offers both our conference attendees and exhibitors.

We want to make it very clear that the committee did not make this decision lightly.  Before any decisions were made on changing our venue, we expanded our working committee to better reflect the fire service in northeastern Ontario, and to get feedback on conference content and to review a potential location change.  To this end, we are pleased to announce our 2017 committee members:
  • Chief Frank Loeffen, East Ferris
  • Chief Richard Maranda, West Nipissing
  • Chief Mark Whynott, Markstay-Warren
  • Chief Tim Uttley, Temiskaming Shores
  • Chief Dean Butticci, Magnetawan
  • Chief Mike Pichor, Espanola
  • Assistant Chief Rob Serson, Greater Napanee
  • Retired Chief, Grant Love
We received numerous complaints/concerns last year.  Both attendees and exhibitors expressed feedback through our evaluation process and/or directly with the committee.  The following concerns were brought to our attention;
  • Lack of seating space in the conference room.  Everyone was squeezed in too tight.
  • Limited exhibitor space/exhibitor booths.  Booths are too spread out and in separate rooms.  Some exhibitors had tiny display spaces while others had more room.
  • Limited breakout space.
  • A disjointed banquet.  The room is too small and not able to service everyone in one room.  Shortened entertainment options.
Without a venue change in 2017, the committee was considering limiting the number of attendees and exhibitors, to ensure we continue to offer good value to our guests.  We are very pleased that Deerhurst Resort will solve all of these concerns.   Improvements include,
  • Conference seating will be expanded to half round tables as the conference room is much larger.  This will allow us to expand and make a more comfortable learning experience.
  • The trade show will be setup with proper booths – all in one large room!  No more displaced booths all over the venue.   This will offer exhibitors and attendees a focused, professional trade show.  We can increase booth space by more than a 1/3!
  • Deerhurst has many accommodation options - standard hotel rooms, suites, one, two and three bedroom condos!   Accommodation prices start at 109.99 per night – that is $20 cheaper than the last two years rates at the Best Western.  For example, if you book a three bedroom condo, that sleeps 6 people for only $314.99 per night – that works out to be only $53 per night per person (excluding taxes/fees).   Fully equipped condos come complete with a kitchen with full size appliances, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery, a dining room and a living room with stereo, TV, DVD player, and fireplace. Most feature balconies with various resort views.
  • Banquet will now be in one large room!  Deerhurst's ballroom can accommodate a larger number of guests!  This means the potential to expand our entertainment options and celebrate as a whole group!
  • A cozy pub and fine dining options available on-site – no need to travel off-site at all!
  • Lots to do onsite, especially if you want to bring your family!  There is a large indoor pool with hot tub, arcade room, rock climbing wall, fitness room, onsite store, hiking trails and a full service spa.  Horseback riding is also available year round!
The planning committee has toured the guest rooms, conference space, trade show space and restaurants and have experienced first-hand the opportunities this venue affords the NEFEC!
The committee is hard at work planning educational content for 2017 and would love to get your feedback.  In the coming month(s), the conference planning committee will be reaching out to you asking you for your suggestions.  We are looking at offering workshop/breakout sessions to further your educational experience at the conference, and to give you more take-away value.
We understand that this change may lengthen some travel for our guests.  After visiting, and exhausting many options in North Bay, Sudbury and the surrounding area, we discovered that Deerhurst offers us the best opportunity to grow and expand, and is the best option, for the best fire conference in north eastern Ontario!  Deerhurst is extremely pleased to welcome you to their resort and have committed to giving us the best service possible!
Registration for the conference and trade show will open in November.  The 2017 dates for the conference are March 31 to April 2, 2017.  The Trade Show will be on March 31 & April 1, 2017.  We will be following up with additional details to both previous attendees and exhibitors shortly in regards to booking accommodations at the resort and a site map.   We encourage you to visit their website at and checkout all they have to offer!
This is a big change - we understand!  We also understand that you may have questions.  We would be happy to answer any that you may have.   You can contact the committee by emailing or contacting one of our following staff directly:
Conference Attendees/Deerhurst Accommodations:  
Michelle O’Hara, 905-426-9865 x222 or
Trade Show Exhibitors:  
Shelley Molica, 905-426-9865 x221 or
Thank you for continuing your support of the Northeastern Fire Education Conference.  We look forward to serving you in 2017!
2017 NEFEC Planning Committee

Conference Location and Accommodations


1235 Deerhurst Drive, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada P1H 2E8

Ontario's Destination Resort & Conference Centre
Fronting Peninsula Lake, just two hours north of Toronto, Deerhurst Resort has become known as Ontario’s premier destination resort and conference center. Echoing the relaxed setting of Muskoka – one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine “Best of the World 2012” recommended places to visit, Deerhurst Resort offers 760 acres of truly inspiring breakout space. Featuring invigorating four-season outdoor recreation and team building, spa relaxation, renowned cuisine and breathtaking event space, it’s easy to see why Deerhurst Resort is known as such a special place. With expertise honed by hosting the G8 Summit and other high profile events, our seasoned planners will make sure that your NEFEC 2017 experience is unforgettable.
Deerhurst Resort offers a wide array of contemporary guest accommodations to suit your needs. All feature contemporary amenities that encourage work and relaxation, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, and comfortable beds crowned with feather duvets. Awaken to gleaming lake views from our lakeside guest rooms. Step out onto balconies from main building rooms and feel rejuvenated by the Muskoka air. Gather with colleagues around the fireplace in newly renovated Junior one-bedroom suites, re-imagined by HGTV Canada's "Designer Guys.” Our luxurious condos are ideal for guests that seek more space in which to entertain clients or connect with friends.

Resort Map

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Room Types

Please note: Elevator access is available in the Pavilion and Bayshore buildings only. Summit Lodges and condos have stair access only.  
Check in time is 4:00pm and check out time is 11:00am. 
There is a 6% Resort Fee (RF) on all accommodations.  A one-nights deposit is required to reserve.
Lakeside Guest Rooms:  Newly renovated rooms located at the beach. These rooms feature two queen beds, mini fridge, sitting area, and stunning view of the lake. 5min walk to the Main Building.  Shuttle available to/from the main building $109.99 per night.
Pavilion Room 2 Queen: Main building with two queen beds, mini fridge, television, desk, safe, internet, radio, cd player and most with balcony or terrace.  Main Building Guest Rooms & Suites (10-minute walk to lake) Be in the center of it all in these cozy guest accommodations, located in the Pavilion.  $129.99 per night.
Summit Lodge Suite King: 1 Bedroom Suite, recently renovated with 1 king bed.  Suites feature living room, stand-up shower, fireplace, kitchenette and a balcony. Please note there is no elevator access.  There is a common room in the centre of all Summit Lodges offering a great place to gather and network. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.  $139.99 per night. 
Summit Lodge Suite Double:  1 Bedroom Suite, recently renovated with 2 double beds.  Suites feature living room, stand-up shower, fireplace, kitchenette and a balcony.  Please note there is no elevator access.  There is a common room in the centre of all Summit Lodges offering a great place to gather and network. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests $139.99 per night.
1 Bedroom Condo:  Newly renovated with golf course views.  Offers 1 king bed, living room, fireplace, seating area and kitchenette. 3 min from main building and 5 min from the lake. Please note there is no elevator access. Shuttle available to/from the main building. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests
$149.99 per night.
2 Bedroom Condo:  Newly renovated includes 1 king bed in master bedroom, 2 queen beds in second bedroom, Separate living room with fireplace and DVD player, Kitchen with full size appliances.  Each room has its own bathroom.  Shuttle available to/from the main building. Can accommodate 3-4 people. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.  $214.99 per night.  Shared accommodation works out to be $71.67 per person, per night, based on 3 people.
Greens 3 Bedroom Condo: Our newly renovated condo features a golf course view, 1 king bed in the master bedroom, 2 queen beds in the second bedroom and 1 queen bed in the third bedroom. Living room with fireplace, DVD player and kitchen. Located 3 minutes from main building and 5 minutes from lake.  Each room has it's own bathroom. Sleeps 4-6.  Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests. Shared accommodation works out to be $78.75 per person, per night, based on 4 people.
Additional Accommodation Options


1755 Valley Road, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 1Z8, Canada


Nestled deep in the heart of Muskoka, along the picturesque shoreline of Peninsula Lake sits your ideal retreat location at Hidden Valley Resort. The captivating scenery, and the only lakeside, ski-side Resort in Muskoka, are just the beginning of what makes this enchanting resort a first-class year-round vacation destination.  
Hidden Valley Resort is proud to offer stunning, newly renovated guest accommodations, featuring 99 relaxing Muskoka style guest rooms. Choose from beautiful lake side or slope side view, to spacious suites. Each room provides you a Muskoka style elegance nicely blended with natural décor, setting the tone for your perfect Ontario vacation. Embrace the solitude and comfort of our amenities, including cozy 100% cotton linens, and tranquil duvets and pillows. Put your feet up on your personal balcony and relax while taking in the beauty of Muskoka. We welcome your pet (dogs only, pet fee applies), please ask about our pet friendly rooms.  Rooms offer either 2 queen beds or king-size bed (limited availability).  There is an indoor pool and on-site dining.
Hidden Valley Resort is only a 3 minute drive to Deerhurst Resort.  A shuttle will run between the two properties at pre-determined times.  Schedule to come in 2017.
Hillside Rooms:    Amenities include free high-speed wireless, individual A/C & Heat, desk, refrigerator, Keurig machine, iron & ironing board, flat panel tv, hair dryer, mirror.  $100 per night.  Shuttle available to/from Deerhurst Resort - approx. 3 min drive.

Lakeside Rooms:    Amenities include free high-speed wireless, individual A/C & Heat, desk, refrigerator, Keurig machine, iron & ironing board, flat panel tv, hair dryer, mirror.  $100 per night. Shuttle available to/from Deerhurst Resort - approx. 3 min drive.

Deerhurst Resort Reservations

All reservations must be accompanied by a one nights’ room and tax deposit, in the form of a cheque, major credit card or by the organization. Deerhurst Resort will not hold any rooms unless a deposit has been made at time of reservation. The balance of the attendees full stay total is required at the time of check in. The entire amount payable to Deerhurst Resort is earned in full as of that date. If the balance is not paid to Deerhurst Resort by that date, Deerhurst Resort may release the room. If the reservation is cancelled after that date or the guest’s stay is shortened, all amounts paid to Deerhurst Resort are non-refundable.
Reservations:  Information coming soon.
Please Note:  If you are booking a condo online, it states that housekeeping is not included.   Please note that housekeeing IS included for NEFEC guests.

Hidden Valley Resort Reservations

All reservations must be secured by a major credit card at time of booking. A one night stay deposit is required at time of booking with the balance due on arrival.  In the event of individual guest room cancellation, 21 days prior to the arrival date is required, otherwise the first night less tax is forfeited.  

Amenities and Activities at Deerhurst Resort

Whatever activities you seek – from summertime splashing in the lake, winter sports or off-road adventures – with all 760 acres offered, your Ontario getaway at Deerhurst Resort is guaranteed to be unforgettable. Enjoy everything from exceptional golf, boating, Treetop Trekking and horseback riding in summer to skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, skating in winter. Be sure to explore our local town of Huntsville with its Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery and unique shops, just minutes away. The sheer scope of activities and things to do right on property is unmatched by any other Ontario resort.
Muskoka was named as one of National Geographic’s “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life” in 2013.
Activities/amenities include:
  • Deerhurst Resort features an indoor swimming pool with a whirlpool and children’s wading pool, plus two seasonal outdoor pools located throughout the property.
  • Indoor rock climbing wall provides a challenge for all ages with different degrees of difficulty. Test your strength and reach for the top!
  • Indoor games room fun!  The lively indoor games room will make you feel like you have crossed into another world. Play these entertaining carnival style games and collect enough tickets to win the big prize! Open daily year-round. No advance booking required.
  • Visit the stables at Deerhurst and take part in one of their many activities. Enjoy a guided trail ride on horseback. For ages 10+, no experience necessary. Available daily except Wednesdays.
  • Discover the joys of Maple Syrup right here in Muskoka. From maple inspired menus, sugar shacks to the Muskoka Maple Festival, everything maple is right here, Yum!
  • Pick up a hiking map and explore the countryside around the resort. Hit the trails and head up to Lookout Point for a magical view of the resort or try the NEW sanctuary trail.

Shizen Spa

“Shizen” means “nature” in Japanese, and Shizen Spa’s nature-inspired treatments bring together the finest techniques from around the globe to help transform your body, mind and soul. There are massages to reward your team for a job well done, and body treatments to help you recover after an energizing day of outdoor adventures. Feel nourished by the earthy décor of rich wood and natural stone, as well as the spa’s friendly, experienced team. Welcome to the Shizen Moment™.
  • Massage & body treatments
  • Shizen rituals & retreats
  • Facials
  • Couples’ treatments
  • Nail care
Agenda from our 2017 Conference
Thursday, March 30, 2017
3:00pm Registration Open Activity Desk, Foyer
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Welcome Pub Night Maple Pub
Friday, March 31, 2017
6:00 to 9:00
Activity Desk, Foyer
Eclipse Restaurant
Daily Announcement
Master of Ceremonies
Waterhouse Ballroom
Opening Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies & Special Guests
Waterhouse Ballroom
8:30 What's new with Section 21 Guidance Notes Tim Metcalfe, Public Services Health and Safety Association, Section 21 Waterhouse Ballroom
Opioid Overdose and Fire Department Naloxone Administration
Chief Bill Boyes, Deputy Chief Cory Mainprize, Captain Dom Filippelli, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break
Waterhouse Foyer
Mississauga House Explosion
Chief Tim Beckett, Mississagua Fire and Emergency Services
Waterhouse Ballroom
Eclipse Restaurant
Understanding Smoke Alarms for an Effective Smoke Alarm Program
Brian McBain, Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative Underwriters Laboratories of Canada
Waterhouse Ballroom
2:00 Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ross Nichols, Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break
Waterhouse Foyer
#stopbad; Tips for a Safer Fireground
Chief Gord Schreiner
Comox Fire Rescue
Waterhouse Ballroom
Zone 7 Meeting
Waterhouse Ballroom
4:00 to 9:00
Trade Show
Legacy Hall
5:00 to 9:00
Networking Reception 
Legacy Hall
Saturday, April 1, 2017
6:30 to 5:00
Registration & Merchandise
Activity Desk, Foyer
Hot Buffet Breakfast
Eclipse Restaurant
9:00 to 4:00
Trade Show 
Legacy Hall
Daily Announcement
Master of Ceremonies
Waterhouse Ballroom
Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Chief Stephen Hernen, President
Waterhouse Ballroom
Observations from 30,000’ – Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service - Sponsored by
Timothy E. Sendelbach, Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine/
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break
Legacy Hall
Observations from 30,000’ – Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service - Sponsored by 
Timothy E. Sendelbach, Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine/
Waterhouse Ballroom
Underwriters Laboratories of Canada and the Fire Service
Brian McBain, Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative Underwriters Laboratories of Canada
Waterhouse Ballroom
Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association North East Chapter 
Deputy Chief Mike Bechard, North Bay Fire & Emergency Services
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break 
Legacy Hall
Pre-Banquet Reception
Banquet followed by Entertainment
Waterhouse Ballroom
Sunday, April 2, 2017
7:00 to 12:00
Registration & Merchandise
Activity Desk, Lobby
Hot Buffet Breakfast
Eclipse Ballroom
Workshops - 4 Hours
IMS 100 - Introduction to Incident Management System
Various Rooms
Traffic Protection Emergency Services

Sponsored by

Leadership/Officer Development: 
Elected? Promoted? Now What?
How to Become and Remain a Solid Fire Service Leader
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
Solar Electricity Safety Training Program for Firefighters - Sponsored by
Auto Extrication Train-the-Trainer
Sponsored by
Coffee Break
Workshops Resume
Various Rooms
Conference Finished DEPARTURES
For questions about the conference or Deerhurst Resort, please contact Michelle O'Hara at 905-426-9865 x222 or 

Speaker and Presentations Overviews from our 2017 Event

Observations from 30,000 - Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service
Observations from 30,000 - Challenges and Opportunities for the Modern Fire Service - See more at:
Presented by Timothy E. Sendelbach, Editor-in-Chief, Firehouse Magazine/
Sponsored by VFIS
As firefighters and fire officers we oftentimes view the problems we face day-to-day as local or unique, but the reality is that most of the problems we face in the fire service are shared by firefighters throughout the world (volunteer, paid, urban, suburban and rural).  This high impact, high-energy program will highlight the challenges being faced by firefighters and fire officers while sharing critical insight as to the opportunities these challenges bring to current and future leaders of the fire service. This program is a no holds barred presentation designed to uphold the mission of our profession while challenging our daily routines and the decisions that accompany them.
Tim is a 29-year student and educator of the fire and emergency services, currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of Firehouse overseeing the the content and editorial direction of Firehouse Magazine,, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, and related products.

Tim previously served as the Editor-in-Chief for FireRescue Magazine and Tim is a past president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and has served as an Assistant Fire Chief with the North Las Vegas (NV) Fire Department, as the Chief of Training for Savannah (GA) Fire & Emergency Services, and as Assistant Fire Chief for Missouri City (TX) Fire & Rescue Services. Tim is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and has earned a master’s degree in Leadership from Bellevue University, bachelor’s degrees in Fire Administration and Arson, and an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Care from Eastern Kentucky University.

Tim has also served as the editor of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) publication The Instructor, and as a contributing author to numerous other publications including: The Volunteer Voice, Members Zone, National Fire & Rescue, The Atlantic Firefighter, and the Fire & Emergency Television Network (FETN), for which he was the writer/developer of the featured “SURVIVAL!” program. In addition to his numerous accomplishments as a writer, Tim has been a featured speaker in 46 U.S. states, and six Canadian and two Australian provinces.
In July 2002, Tim was awarded the prestigious Innovator of the Year Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) for his innovative training ideas and concepts in the area of firefighter safety and survival. In 2001, Tim was awarded the George Hughes Award from the Texas Association of Fire Educators for his accomplishments as a speaker and trainer in the state of Texas. In 2007, Tim was selected to serve on the City of Charleston Post-Incident Assessment and Review Team following the tragic loss of nine firefighters in the Sofa Super Store Fire. In March of this year, Tim presented the keynote address for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Life Safety Summit in Tampa, Florida.
#stopbad; Tips for a Safer Fireground
Presented by Chief Gord Schreiner, Comox Fire Rescue
Chief Schreiner will discuss simple and effective ways to enhance fire-ground safety.  Discussion will include; responding, size-up, accountability, communications, strategy, rehab and training.
Gord Schreiner joined the fire service in 1975.  He is currently a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) a graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers and the Fire Chief of Comox Fire Rescue, an organization consisting of five full-time staff and forty-five paid on call firefighters, serving approximately 22,000 citizens.  Chief Schreiner was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in 1987 and to Fire Chief in 2000. His duties also include operating a well-equipped fire training centre at the Comox Fire Station that is used by dozens of other fire departments and partnered with the Justice Institute of BC. Chief Schreiner is also a part-time instructor with the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Fire and Safety Division.  In this role, he has traveled all over British Columbia, twice to Saudi Arabia, and also taught in USA, delivering several different fire service courses.
In 2010 Chief Schreiner was named National Fire Chief of the Year award at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs annual conference.  Also in 2010 he received the “Award of Excellence” from the Justice Institute of BC. In 2004 Chief Schreiner received the “Trainer of the Year” award from the BC Fire Training Officers Association and in 2003 he received a “Public Safety Award” from the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Chief Schreiner was instrumental in starting Comox Fire Rescue “Firefighter Youth Camp” where thirty-six high school students spend a week living and working at the fire station.  Comox Fire Rescue has hosted nine such camps to date.  Chief Schreiner has served as the Chairperson of the Comox Valley Fire Chiefs Association for several years.  In this role he was instrumental in bringing together ten local fire departments under a single Mutual Aid agreement.  Chief Schreiner served as the Educational Chair for the Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia annual conferences for several years.  Chief Schreiner has also served on several provincial committees.  Chief Schreiner has assisted the Office of the Fire Commissioner for British Columbia by serving as a “Venue Fire Commander” at the 2010 Winter Olympics and also serves as a “Structural Protection Specialist” at several British Columbia interface fires.  
Over the years Chief Schreiner has been a strong role model and mentor to several firefighters from both his department and other fire departments. Chief Schreiner enjoys working with smaller fire departments, assisting them in many ways. He has developed a reputation of “getting things done” safely and effectively.  Chief Schreiner is known as a “workaholic” who emphasizes customer service and has done much to improve his fire department and the service to his and other communities.
Opioid Overdose and Fire Department Naloxone Administration
Presented by Bill Boyes, Director of Emergency Services/Fire Chief, Cory Mainprize, Deputy Chief- Operations and Training, Dom Filippelli, Captain, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service

There have been an alarming number of overdoses and deaths across Canada whereby numerous health agencies and emergency services have publicly noted that a "fentynal crisis" exists. A few fire services in Western Canada carry Naloxone on their apparatus and Barrie is the first department in Ontario to administer this medication. This presentation will outline how and why Barrie Fire and Emergency Service went about defining and delivering our naloxone program.  This is one example of how fire departments can potentially deal with a growing societal challenge. 

Bill Boyes is the Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service. Barrie Fire is a career fire department with 180 staff across 6 branches, including a Communications center that dispatches for 20 surrounding fire departments. Chief Boyes is working towards completing a PhD human resources management, which supplements his Master’s degree in public policy and administration and Bachelor’s degree in public management from the University of Guelph. Boyes has also been elected to the NFPA Fire Service Section Executive Board and is a member of a number of fire service committees including the International Association of Fire Chiefs- Firefighter Safety Through Advanced Research working group, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Labour Relations Committee and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Urban Fire Service Advisory Committee.

Cory Mainprize started his career with Barrie in 2000 after serving three years in the Town of Caledon. Cory worked as firefighter until achieving the position of Captain in 2013.  Working as a member and President of the Barrie Professional Firefighters Association throughout his career, he has extensive experience in the area of Health and Safety, WSIB, Negotiations and Labour Relations. Cory was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief in March of 2016 and manages the Operations and Training Branches.

Dom Filippelli has 19 years in the fire service and is a Captain with Barrie Fire and Emergency Service. In addition, Dom has 9 years experience as a Paramedic.  He is the BFES lead on EMS Committee and Program Development and the Professional Responder Program Development Team for Canadian Red Cross.  Has completed medical training for many fire services and pre-fire service programs across Ontario and is a Road 2 Mental Readiness (R2MR) instructor and member of the BFES peer support team.

Understanding Smoke Alarms for an effective Smoke Alarm Program
Presented by Brian McBain, Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative Underwriters Laboratories of Canada
There has been a lot of changes over the years to the Smoke Alarm Standard and there are more changes coming with the advancement in new technologies.  Members of the Fire Department should be aware of these changes to better assist them when they are performing home visits during their Home Smoke Alarm Program.  In addition with the changes to the smoke alarm construction comes changes to the installation and maintenance documents.
We will be discussing the CAN/ULC-S531 Standard for Smoke Alarms, CAN/ULC-S553 Standard for the Installation of Smoke Alarms and CAN/ULC-S552 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Smoke Alarms.
Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the changes to the CAN/ULC-S531 Smoke Alarm Standard since 2002.
  • Describe the installation requirements of CAN/ULC-S553 Standard for the Installation of Smoke Alarms.
  • Explain the inspection, testing and maintenance requirements of CAN/ULC-S552 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Smoke Alarms.
Brian has over 24 years of experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of fire and life safety. He presently works for Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative where he provides assistance to regulatory authorities across Canada with regards to ULC certification and ULC Standards.  Brian has worked at ULC for 12 years.
Brian also served three years at the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) as a Fire Protection Specialist, worked nine years in the Fire Protection industry and currently has 24 years of service as a volunteer Firefighter and Fire Prevention Officer.
Brian holds a Fire Protection Diploma from Algonquin College.
Underwriters Laboratories of Canada and the Fire Service
Presented by Brian McBain, Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative Underwriters Laboratories of Canada
UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities they serve.

Working in partnership with the fire service, research departments and agencies, FSRI executes cutting-edge firefighter research and makes the results widely available to the global fire community.  With a team of pioneering experts and access to UL’s leading infrastructure, equipment and vast knowledge and insights, FSRI conducts and disseminates cutting-edge research and training programs that focus on the changing dynamics of residential, commercial and industrial fires, and the impact they have on the fire service tactics and strategies.

This presentation will provide a quick overview of the various online training sessions that are available to the fire service on the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute website.

Mississauga House Explosion
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.
Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Presented by Chief Stephen Hernen, President
Stephen Hernen is the Fire Chief of the Huntsville Fire Department.  He has over thirty years in the fire service, eighteen of those as a Fire Chief. Chief Hernen is the President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.
Chief Hernen has served for six terms on the OAFC board and has worked closely with his counterparts to realigned the OAFC committee structure to better represent the fire service as a whole, while at the same time planning for future growth and stability within the OAFC.   Chief Hernen is responsible for the oversight of the board.  He leads both the OAFC Executive Committee, who’s primary mandate is to ensure that the board remains connected and coordinated throughout their term and to prioritize and coordinate the execution of OAFC strategic priorities. In addition, Chief Hernen is responsible for the leadership of the OAFC board and their applicable portfolios.  Chief Hernen works closely with key stakeholders in regards to furthering opportunities, and public and firefighter safety in Ontario. 
“Serving as an OAFC board member has allowed me to watch today’s fire service evolve and embrace the never ending demands of technology, modernization and demands for increased service. I feel this opportunity has given me the qualities of what a good fire service leader should be. Someone that will listen and respect others people’s opinions and thoughts and most importantly stand up for what he/she knows is the right decision.  I am honoured to serve our members and fire service community as President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs”.

Sunday 4-Hour Workshops 

Participants get the opportunity to choose from 5 different learning workshops.  Upon registration, each person will be contacted to select their workshop preference.  It is based on a first come, first served basis.  Each participant will receive a certificate.

IMS 100 - Introduction to Incident Management System

Instructed by Fire Chief Ted Bryan, Otonabee-South Monaghan
Max participants:  30

This introductory course will prepare you to work within the Incident Management System in Ontario. This course is designed to teach you the basic functions, concepts and principles of the Incident Management System (IMS). At the end of this course you will be aware of the major functions within IMS, and be able to assume limited roles within an incident management team for simple incidents.

The purpose of this module is to familiarize you with the structure, key functions and terminology used in the Incident Management System (IMS). Upon completion of this course you will be able to function as a responder within Ontario’s IMS. Although IMS can be used for planned events, such as concerts or parades, the explanations and examples in this module are focused on incidents, i.e. occurrences or events that require an emergency response to protect life, property, and/or the environment. This course is based on the Ontario IMS doctrine developed by the IMS Steering Committee. Committee membership includes approximately 30 organizations representing municipalities, responder and emergency services associations, provincial ministries, NGOs, the private sector, and federal departments. The IMS Steering Committee established the vision and goals for IMS.

The course will wrap up with the IMS 100 exam.  Students will be required to register online prior to the coruse (link will be provided shortly).  Students will be able to access their certificate after the course through the online system. 

Fire Chief Ted Bryan has dedicated over 40 years to serving the community of Otonabee South Monaghan and has been Fire Chief since 1986. Throughout his career, Chief Bryan has participated on numerous boards, committees and task forces at the county, regional and provincial level.   Chief Bryan is a certified master trainer and lead instructor with the Eastern Ontario Emergency Training Academy in Norwood.  In addition to implementing new practices at the fire department and placing a high level of importance on educating the community in fire and life safety, Chief Bryan has offered training, mentorship and guidance to fire service personnel across Ontario and has forged a close and unique partnership between the fire department and the Hiawatha First Nation. 


Auto Extrication Train-the-Trainer

Instructed by Jason Defosse, Code4 Fire & Rescue Inc.
Sponsored by
Max Participants:  50
This course will allow participants to learn and discuss the following:
Understanding Hydraulics and New Car Technology - How the two relate to one another from a practical and performance standpoint
The Finer Points of Basic and Advanced Evolutions - 10 Power Evolutions that comprise 85% of Extrications - Understanding Tool Placement and Angles - Total Side Removals – Knowing Which One To Choose - Dash Displacements – Simple to Complex - Roof relocations
Textbook Rescue Versus Real Road Rescue
The Power of Forensic Learning
Maximizing Your Extrication Training Program - How to Instantly Measure Performance  -How to Make it Fun & Improve Performance at the same Time
Code 4 Fire & Rescue has been focused on Extrication Training for over 30 years. Code 4 provides Service & Training to Thousands of Fire Departments in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and New York State.  Jason Defosse has been a Firefighter & Extrication Rescuer for 22 years.  In conjunction with Chris Christie, Jason has helped further develop Code 4’s Rapid Response, Train-The-Trainer, Big-Rig & School Bus Courses. Over the past 6 years, Jason has successfully conducted approximately one thousand Courses in Ontario, Atlantic Canada, North America and South America, training thousands of students.

Leadership/Officer Development: Elected? Promoted? Now What? How to Become and Remain a Solid Fire Service Leader

Instructed by Rob Browning, Consultant
Max Participants:  50
Sponsored by A.J. Stone Co. Ltd.
This session will engage the participants in discussions and activities regarding their roles in municipal government and the fire department along with the associated relationships. The group will explore some concepts on how individuals can achieve success in their roles. The discussions will include regulatory requirements, leadership styles, change management, processes and communications.  Be prepared to participate.
Rob is a seasoned senior leader with almost 40 years of public service in provincial and municipal governments. He started as a fire fighter and worked his way through the ranks to Fire Chief, General Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. With over 20 years in executive level positions, Rob brings a breath of knowledge and experience to this presentation. Committed to ethical and contemporary leadership, Rob has been successful in building motivated staff teams and respectful relationships with elected councils. Rob has grown as a leader through formal training and a variety of experiences in different types and sizes of organizations. Away from work, Rob serves on the Board of Directors for the Oshawa Senior Citizen Centres and enjoys outdoor activities.

Solar Electricity Safety Training Program for Firefighters

Instructed by Brad Bigrigg, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Max Participants:  50
Sponsored by the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
The objective of this course is to ensure students understand basic electrical knowledge, basics of solar electricity generation (photovoltaics or PV), the skills required to recognize and size up the hazards of electricity, safe approach limits to electrical devices, when and how suppression or rescue can be carried out and when to provide crowd or traffic control.
The Solar Electricity Safety Training Program for Firefighters has the following learning outcomes:
  • Understand basic electrical terms,
  • Understand how electricity is distributed,
  • Know the safe limits of approach,
  • Recognize some hazards of electricity,
  • Know how the human body reacts to electrical contacts,
  • Discuss common electrical fire causes,
  • Know the required personal protective gear,
  • Understand solar photovoltaic systems,
  • Discuss fire ground operations in rescue situations,
  • Discuss fire ground operations in firefighting situations,
  • Understand the applicable Section 21 guidance notes,
  • Understand the intent of the ESA database.

A copy of the Solar Electricity Safety Training Handbook for Firefighters and the Electrical Safety Handbook for Emergency Responders will be provided. 

Traffic Protection Emergency Services

Instructed by Tim Metcalfe, Public Services Health and Safety Association
Max Participants:  25
Sponsored by

This program covers the hazards of working close to vehicles and equipment, the legislation that applies and how workers can protect themselves from these hazards. Upon completion of this program the participant will be able to list traffic hazards that may be found in their workplace, describe the legislation related to these hazards and be familiar with the newest edition to Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 - Unplanned events

Applicable for the Emergency sector, this training is designed for workers whom are exposed to traffic hazards and work on or near roadways for emergency response purposes. Unplanned events are covered, this course is specifically designed for the Emergency services sector - there is a separate module for municipal sector clients.

Trade Show

The Northeastern Fire Education Conference Trade Show has all major fire service suppliers in attendance. You can find everything you need within the 50 booths and fire vehicles on display. This is where you can get on the spot answers to your questions from company experts. Come to the trade show, connect with the exhibitors, see what's new in technology and products and get all your department purchasing done in one-stop. 
Exhibitors will showcasing their products and services starting on Friday, March 31 from 16:00 to 21:00 and April 1 from 09:00 to 16:00.  The Trade Show takes place in the Legacy Hall.

2017 Floor Plan

2017 Exhibitor List

Exhibitor Name Booth Number
911 Market 612
A.J. Stone Co. Ltd. 203
Acklands Grainger 102
Air Technology Solutions 106
ALG Safety 404
Angus Fire 403
Annex/FFIC/Firehall Bookstore 204
Asphodel Fire Trucks 407
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc. 111
Carleton Uniforms 410
Carrier Centers 405
Code 4 Fire & Rescue Inc. 512
Comtech Fire Credit Union 310
Darch Fire Incorporated 608
Dependable Emergency Services 112
Environment and Climate Change Canada 208
Evacuscape Inc. 314
Fire Bug Inc. 311
Fire Fighters' Association of Ontario 108
Fire-Alert 401
Firehouse Software 213
FireQ-RVS (Breton Smartek) 411
First Alert Canada 109
Fisher's Regalia & Uniforms 215
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. 500
FORTLOG Services 105
Fundy Tactical and Uniform Ltd. 312
GovDeals, Inc. 214
Hazmasters Inc. 115
Inservus Management 202
ITM Instruments 210
Krown Corporate/Krown Rust Control 209
Lightning Equipment Sales Inc. 618
M & L Supply Fire & Safety 516
Martin & Levesque 107
Metz Fire & Rescue Supply 303
Municipal Equipment 413
North City General Insurance Brokers Ltd. 504
Northern911 206
Novacks Uniform Solutions 308
Opticom-GTT Ontario 110
PPE Solutions 604
Pro Fleet Care 307
Provix 614
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) 616
ResQtech Systems Inc. 211
SafeDesign Apparel Inc. 506
Safelane Fire Truck Driver Training 100
Safetek Emergency Vehicles Ltd. 309
Sani-Gear Fire 408
Scott Safety 98
Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. 502
SPI Health and Safety 313
Trans Canada Safety 212
Uniform Uniforms 600
VFIS 103
Whelen Canada 305


2017 Sponsors

With the generous support of sponsors we are able to offer attendees top notch guest speakers, entertaining evening functions and delicious food.   The Northeastern Fire Education Conference values the support of the following organizations/companies who have decided to take their contribution to the next level.  On behalf of the committee and guests - Thank You!

Speaker Sponsor
Workshop Sponsor Workshop Sponsor
Workshop Sponsor Workshop Sponsor Coffee Break Sponsor
Muskoka Fire Chiefs Association
Nipissing-Parry Sound Mutual Aid Association Cochrane District Mutual Aid Association
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Algoma District Mutual Aid Association
Temiskaming District Mutual Fire Aid Association
Coffee Break Sponsor Coffee Break Sponsor  

Evening Functions at NEFEC 2017

Welcome Pub Night - Thursday, March 30 @ 7pm

A casual night for guests arriving to Deerhurst taking place in the Maple Pub.  
Stop by for a drink and say hello to friends new and old!

Networking Reception - Friday, March 31 from 5pm to 9pm

Join us on Friday, March 31 at 5pm  for the Northeastern Fire Education Conference Networking Reception.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers while you catch up with your fire service colleagues and guests of the Conference.  Always a well attended evening!

Banquet Cocktail Reception - Saturday, April 1 at 6:30pm

A great social opportunity before we enjoy a delicious meal and great entertainment.  Join us at 6:30pm and enjoy a complimentary beverage and some apps before we get started on a fun filled evening.

Banquet, Saturday April 1 @ 7:15pm

The banquet is an excellent opportunity to socialize with your peers while you enjoy a delicious buffet dinner.  A great night out! We are ecstatic that we can all celebrate together in one room!  Make sure you purchase your tickets as we will raffle off some amazing prizes during dinner.   The banquet follows the cocktail reception and starts at 7:15pm.

2017 Banquet Entertainment

HYPNOHYPE - Starring Asad Mecci Master Hypnotist

Fast-paced and action-packed, Hypnohype is a high-energy, comedy hypnosis show. Master hypnotist Asad Mecci will hypnotize volunteers from the audience to the hypnotic rhythms of expert percussionist Davidson Elie. The 60 minutes of hilarity that ensues will leave the audience speechless. Asad will give suggestions to volunteers on stage that will lead to an experience they will never forget, while entertaining and thrilling the audience.
About Asad:
Asad Mecci's jaw dropping performances have captivated audiences worldwide. He has performed in front of over 1.5 million people live and millions more through mass media.You might have seen Mecci on Entertainment Tonight, MTV, Maxim Online, HGTV, YTV, talk television or listened as he hypnotized people live on radio stations like CFRB 1010.Away from the television cameras and radio waves, Mecci has amazed crowds at Canada's Wonderland, Skydome, Sheraton World Resort, Super Club Breezes and onboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Even within the confines of major companies like Remax, IBM and Rogers, Mecci has been invited to entertain and motivate employees and management. When he is not performing on stage, Mecci uses hypnosis to help people lose weight, stop smoking, reduce stress and achieve peak performance.

Companions Program 

A selection of unique and entertaining excursions are arranged for those registered as companions for the Northeastern Fire Education Conference and Trade Show. Participation in the activities is included in your companion’s registration.
Last year, companions had a great time on Friday with an Artisan Tour, Lunch & Shopping in Huntsville and on Saturday, enjoyed a cooking demo with the Executive Chef from Deerhurst.  A description of those tours is below.  We have great things in the works for 2018!
The Artists of the Limberlost is a collective of Artists and Crafts people with studios along the scenic Limberlost Road. Their work covers a broad range of media and style, but they are united in their love of the ruggedly beautiful Canadian Shield landscape which they call home. Limberlost road is close to Algonquin Park in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays area of Ontario, and winds through forest, rock and wetlands rich in wildlife and natural beauty.  After your artisan tour, you will be taken to the town of Huntsville where each guest will enjoy lunch and shopping.  Limited to 20 participants.
Muskokalicious Cooking Demo: Tantalize your taste buds and learn how to WOW your guests with a demonstration and sampling of items made with Deerhurst Maple Syrup. You will be taken on a sensory journey featuring local food prepared by our very own Executive Chef.

Destination Overview

Visiting Huntsville

Huntsville is nestled in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario.  Huntsville is located in the hilly terrain of the Canadian Shield and is dotted with many lakes. Due to its natural beauty and abundant natural resources Huntsville is known as a major tourist destination drawing people from around the world. The Toronto Star ranked the town the #1 place to take a summer trip in 2011.  


You will always feel welcome in this inclusive community all months of the year.  Huntsville is a great vacation destination to browse, shop, eat and stay and is also the major gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park.  There are plenty of things to do while you're are here.

For more information on what Huntsville has to offer, visit Tourism and Events Huntsville at

Dining Options at Deerhurst

Discover the delicious tastes of Muskoka dining in Huntsville where the restaurants of Deerhurst are committed to the “eat local” food movement. Director of Food & Beverage Rory Golden has been a true advocate for Ontario growers and producers, assisting in the creation of the Savour Muskoka culinary trail. Now, Executive Chef, David Bakker is continuing and furthering that trend working with 20 local food producers. Seasonally, Deerhurst harvests its own honey, herbs, shiitake mushrooms and maple syrup right at the resort.

Eclipse Dining Room - A Muskoka Favourite

Sweeping lake vistas are the ideal accompaniments to generous breakfasts and great dining experiences with family and friends. Our signature Savour Muskoka inspired dining room is known for locally-inspired menus, bountiful buffets, Muskoka’s longest running Sunday brunch and experienced and courteous service. 
Reservations required for dinner seatings.

Compass Grill & Bar

Centrally located just steps from the lobby, Compass Grill & Bar is the place to gather for a refreshing cocktail, casual intimate dinner or an exquisite glass of wine. Here, the menu is pleasantly familiar bistro fare with an inviting twist, celebrating inspiring choices in a contemporary Muskoka setting.

Sunday – Thursday: 4pm – 11pm, Fridays & Saturdays: 3pm – 12am

Maple Pub & Patio

Grab some friends and settle in while enjoying the best selection of pub classics, and cool beverages after a day meetings, on the course, on the water, relaxing or doing outdoor adventures.

Casual atmosphere and casual dining.


Hidden Valley Resort

The Birches Restaurant

Muskoka hospitality and dining at its finest, overlooking Peninsula Lake Huntsville Muskoka.
The Birches Restaurant promotes local suppliers and features menu offerings that highlight local products.

Options in Huntsville

Spencer’s Tall Trees

A Culinary treat in the center of Huntsville, Tall Trees enjoys a reputation for quality food, wine and hospitality.  Chef/Owner Randy Spencer produces simple yet elegant classics with the finest & most unique products available creating balanced and innovative dishes carefully married to the restaurant's award winning wine list. His daily 3 course table d’hote is a favourite with the locals and visitors alike, not only for the quality but as well the value. 
87 Main St W, Huntsville, ON P1H 1X1
Reservations:  (705) 789-9769

On the Docks Pub

On the Docks Pub has been the hot spot for visitors and locals in the Huntsville area for the last 20 years. It is the epitome of Muskoka Cottage life. Relaxed atmosphere by day and summer party central every night! Located in the heart of Huntsville and right on the town dock; it doesn’t get more central than this!
Phone: (705) 789-7910

Address: 90 Main Street East, Huntsville, Ontario.

Contact Us
Do you have a question about the Northeastern Fire Education Conference?  We would be happy to help.
For questions about the conference, registration and trade show inquiries, please contact Maureen Owens at 905-426-9865 x224 or  Vendors/exhibitors can visit the NEFEC Trade Show Exhibitor website for information on the trade show.
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michelle O'Hara at 905-426-9865 x222 or 

Online registration is now closed.

Registrations will be taken on site.  Please check in at the registration desk. 

See you at Deerhurst Resort!