Fire Con 2019
Lake Superior News

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  September 5, 2019  (LSN)  – Over 250 volunteer firefighters from regions of northwestern Ontario will travel to Thunder Bay on Thursday and Friday to take part in important training offered by Emergency North Training (ENT) through their annual event - FireCon.  For the past twenty-eight years, ENT has provided training for firefighters and emergency first responders, that would otherwise require significant financial resources and travel to southern Ontario to obtain, thus reducing the cost overall to access important training for the volunteer fire service.

Originally focused on core firefighting activities such as fire suppression and search and rescue, the training now offered at FireCon has come to reflect the realities faced by fire departments in serving their communities that includes public education, fire prevention, incident management and auto extrication.

“FireCon comes from the true spirit of volunteer first responders who travel from all over northwestern Ontario to enhance their life-saving skills, so they can help keep their communities safe,” said Chief Warren Brinkman, Emergency North Training President. “Their devotion and compassion are unparalleled.”

The event occurs over three days, with most of the training taking place on Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7 at the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Training Centre, Gary’s Towing and the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre. Course offerings for 2019 include live fire training, auto extrication and big rig extrication, search and rescue, a leadership development program, forest firefighter training, and certification courses in pumper operations, fire service instructor and fire and life safety educator.

FireCon also hosts organizations from all over Canada that exhibit in a trade show, providing access to all the new tools, technologies and lifesaving equipment available in today’s fire and emergency services. 

The event is supported through partnerships with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.  The event is vital to the fire service sector, providing immeasurable learning and networking opportunities.

Chief Brinkman also recognizes the importance of the dedicated volunteers and organizations that support the event year-after-year. “FireCon wouldn’t be the success that it is today without the support of our volunteer board of directors, committee, partner organizations and fire service exhibitors.  The expertise provided by these people, and organizations allows us to deliver a high standard of training, while remaining one of the most affordable training events in the province.” “Their dedication to this event is unparalleled, and I am truly thankful for their ongoing support.”

Deputy Fire Chief Greg Hankkio from Thunder Bay Fire Rescue noted his elation that the City is once again providing a centralized location for this important event. “Thunder Bay is pleased to host FireCon 2019.  We welcome all attendees and their families, exhibitors and partners from across Northwestern Ontario” “The training provided during this event is instrumental to the communities these first responders are dedicated to protect.”

About Emergency North Training

Emergency North Training Inc. (ENT) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization with the objective of developing and delivering educational programs and services for persons who respond to emergencies in northwestern Ontario.  Staffed by volunteers, ENT provides critical training for emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories and First Nations through our annual training forum held each September - FireCon.

Emergency North Training prides itself in delivering training that is affordable, accessible and attainable.  Programs offered at FireCon, on a per student basis, is one of the best opportunities for first responders to receive training to a recognized standard. For more information on FireCon, visit our website at

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