Fire Service Women Ontario Symposium and AGM

Fire Service Women Ontario 2019 Professional Development Symposium and Annual General Meeting

“Empowered. Together. FSWO.”


October 18-20, 2019 La Cité Collégiale
Hosted by: Ottawa Fire Services and La Cité Collégiale


 

Fire Service Women Ontario (FSWO) Board of Directors invites you to our 2019 Professional Development Symposium and Annual General Meeting (AGM), titled, "Empowered. Together. FSWO." October 18 to 20, 2019, hosted by Ottawa Fire Services and La Cité Collégiale.

This year's symposium features topics of physical and mental training vital to modern day firefighting. We have some valuable courses lined up, led by amazing instructors and experts in their fields of study, including:

  • Paul St-Onge, Coordinator/Professor of cutting edge La Cité Collégiale will be instructing The Emergency Vehicle Operator workshop involving the use of a driving simulator along with physically demanding Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Workshop
  • Jason Defosse of Code 4 Fire & Rescue will be sharing top techniques and extrication tactics along with a full day Auto Extrication – Stabilization, Lifting and Extrication course.
  • Join members from the Ottawa Fire Service for an introductory day ‘From Knowledge To Practice’ (FKTP). Cheryl and Carissa will explore fire behaviour through small prop demonstrations, practice door control and nozzle techniques, finally putting everything together in a live burn exercise in a 40’ Enclosure Fire Dynamics Simulator.
  • Kelly, Genna and Sarah, first class firefighters with the Ottawa Fire Service will be looking at fitness, and how to apply it functionally to firefighting. If you love fitness, this is the workshop for you!

In addition, the symposium offers classroom sessions that focus on effective search and rescue techniques, learning to be an assertive, effective and safe all-hazards commander, leadership, firefighter health, particularly exposures to toxic chemicals in the fire service, and learning how first responder peer support teams have worked to break down silos and stigmas, and how they are actively engaged in supporting their colleagues and each other.

Registration for the Professional Development Symposium and AGM is $350 for members and $450 for non-members, $250 for students, one day option is $250 and Changing Careers is $150.  Visit our registration information page for more information.

View our full agenda and speaker bios/overviews for more details on FSWO 2019.

Registration Information & Fees

 

Sani-Gear is renting out PPE bunker clothing at a special price for our participants. The price per bunker suit is $65.60 which includes the rental of the gear, the advanced wash, full inspection, hydro-static testing, and repairs upon its return.

Sani-Gear will need bunker gear sizing ahead of time.  Anyone wishing to rent a bunker suit is to contact Inge Pudelek.   

Participants can make arrangements with Inge for pick-up or delivery before the symposium begins on October 17, 2019.

Inge Pudelek
President
Sani Gear Inc.
545 Trillium Dr Unit 4
Kitchener, ON  N2R 1J4
inge@sanigear.ca
Phone: 519-893-1235
Cell:       519-902-1120
Toll Free: 1-888-660-1840
 

Registration for the Fire Service Women Ontario Professional Development Symposium and AGM is $350 for members and $450 for non-members, $250 for students, one day option is $250 and Changing Careers is $150.
 

Your registration fee covers:

FSWO Members: $350 + HST
  • Your fee includes: 2 full days of selected HOT courses and/or professional development workshops (Friday, October, 18 and Saturday, October 19), lunches and refreshments, cocktail reception/silent auction, opening ceremonies dinner and keynote speaker Friday night, networking dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 20.
Non-Members: $450 + HST
  • Your fee includes: 2 full days of selected HOT courses and/or professional development workshops (Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19), lunches and refreshments, cocktail reception/silent auction, opening ceremonies dinner and keynote speaker Friday night, networking dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 20.
One Day ONLY: $250 + HST
  • Your fee includes: 1 full day of selected HOT courses and/or professional development workshops, lunch and dinner on Friday, October 18 or dinner on Saturday, October 19.
Student: $250 + HST
  • Your fee includes: 2 full days of selected HOT courses and/or professional development workshops (Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19), lunches and refreshments, cocktail reception/silent auction, opening ceremonies dinner and keynote speaker Friday night, networking dinner on Saturday night, and breakfast at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 20.
Changing Careers $150 + HST
This program is for women who are not firefighters, but may be considering a career in the fire service.
  • Your fee includes a full day of instruction, lunch, refreshments and dinner on Saturday night.
Friday Night Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction and Dinner (ONLY) $50 + HST
  • Surge uniform or business casual dress required.
Saturday Night Dinner at the LoneStar Texas Grill (ONLY) $35 + HST
  • Casual dress.
Become a Member today and save on registration.
 

Event Registration

Registration will take place in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Ottawa East at the following dates & times:
October 17 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
October 18 - 6:30am to 7:30am

 
Registration will take place at La Cité Collégiale
October 19 - 7:00am to 8:00am
 
If you are attending HOT classes, please make sure to register Thursday night if possible. If you aren’t arriving until Friday or Saturday morning, please make sure to register early to allow for travel time to HOT class facilities. Registration is only available at the Holiday Inn Ottawa East, not at HOT class locations.


Fire Service Women Ontario

About Us

Fire Service Women Ontario (FSWO) was created in 2009 (incorporated in 2011) as a not-for-profit organization to operate an apprentice program for young women between the ages of 15 and 19. The program links young women with those working in the fire service, professional associations and educational institutions and is named Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training). 
 
FSWO also runs a paired mentoring program which is designed to connect firefighters (FSWO members in good standing) with women in the fire service, who are looking to connect with other firefighters, or those who are in the recruitment process or who are just beginning their fire service journey. 
 
With the overwhelming success of the award winning Camp FFIT program, and the demand for this type of offering across Ontario, more apprentice programs were adopted. Through the provincially funded School-College-Work initiative, Girls in Gear at Lambton College and Women in Uniform at Algonquin College were created and supported, in part, by FSWO Board members.
 
As a member driven organization, FSWO depends on guidance from its membership and fire service partners to determine the needs of gender equality in the fire service across Ontario. Much of this work is done directly at the annual symposium and AGM held in the fall.  The symposium is currently the main focus of our organization, offering HOT (Hands On Training) classes, educational and learning sessions and offering women in the fire service invaluable networking opportunities.
 
To learn more about us visit www.fswo.ca.
 

Symposium Location
FSWO 2019 Symposium & AGM takes place La Cité Collégiale

801 Aviation Parkway
Ottawa, ON K1K 4R3


 

Deeply rooted in the National Capital Region and Eastern Ontario for more than 25 years, La Cité is an important French-language applied arts and technology college in Ontario, offering more than 140 post secondary programs, with a strong focus on student success. 

La Cité was created in 1989, becoming Ontario’s first French-language college of applied arts and technology. The College opened its doors to 2,300 students in September 1990 in temporary facilities on St. Laurent Boulevard, in Ottawa. Five years later, La Cité inaugurated a brand new campus on a 60-acre land along Aviation Parkway, in Ottawa’s east end. Ever since, La Cité has been exploring new ways to innovate and to position itself as a leader among the francophone community in the National Capital Region, in Ontario and across Canada.

 

Hotel Info & Accommodations

Symposium Hotel:

Holiday Inn Ottawa East
1199 Joseph Cyr Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1J 7T4

 
Hotel Front Desk:  (613) 744-1060
Hotel Toll Free:  800-387-9779
 
Holiday Inn Ottawa East is conveniently located off St. Laurent Boulevard at the Queensway Highway 417, 20 minutes from Ottawa International Airport (YOW).
 
All guests enjoy free WiFi, parking, and access to an indoor swimming pool and fitness centre. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, you will enjoy the warmth and comfort of newly designed, contemporary smoke free guest rooms and suites, designed with a modern taste and style that is sure to make you feel right at home.
 
Indulge at their onsite restaurant, Myra's Bar and Kitchen. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner and finish your day with a cold drink in the bar.
 
The Holiday Inn Ottawa East is just steps away from fantastic shopping at St. Laurent Shopping Mall and a quick drive to Place d’Orleans. Located just minutes from downtown Ottawa, Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, Ottawa’s award winning national museums, Byward Market and the Casino du Lac Leamy.
 

Reservation Information:

Rate:  Double room occupancy for $145/night.  
Rates are plus applicable taxes and fees.  Currently the tax rate and fees are 13% HST, 4% MAT and a Sustainability Levy of 2.5%. All taxes and fees are subject to change without notice.
 
Book your room night now:  
FSWO Participants are to call the hotel’s toll free number 1-800-387-9779 and make their own reservation under Fire Service Women Ontario by September 16, 2019.
 
Check in: 3:00 PM
Check out: 12:00 PM
 

Parking:

Complimentary 260 spaces available
 
Parking Garage
The hotel has exterior on-site parking space for cars and buses
 
There will there be shuttles from the hotel to La Cité Collégiale on Friday, October 18 as parking is extra.  Parking at La Cité Collégiale is free in Saturday, October 19.
 
 

Driving Directions

 
Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport (YOW) : Take the Airport parkway north, then Hunt Club Exit and Turn right of to Hunt Club Follow Hunt to St Laurent Blvd, Turn Left on St Laurent heading North Follow St Laurent to Lenieux and turn right on Lemieux Slight right on Joseph Cyr Hotel at 1199 Joseph Cyr
 
From the North
From Downtown Ottawa Merge onto ON 417 E Take exit 115 for St Laurent Blvd Continue on St Laurent Blvd Use the middle lane to turn left onto St Laurent Blvd Turn right onto Lemieux St,signs for Rue Labelle Street Turn left onto Joseph Cyr St
 
From the South
Airport parkway north take Hunt Club Exit and Turn right of to Hunt Club Follow Hunt Club to St Laurent, Turn Left on St Laurent heading North Follow St Laurent to Lemieux and trun right on Lemieux Slight right on Joseph Cyr Hotel located at 1199 Joseph Cyr
 
From the East
Take Autoroute 40 O Crossing into Ontario then Autoroute 40 O becomes Provincial Route 417 W Trans Canada Hwy Take Exit Innes Rd and turn left toward St. Laurent Blvd Turn right on St Laurent Blvd Turn slight right onto Lemieux St Turn right onto Joseph Cyr St Hotel located at 1199 Joseph Cyr St
 
From the West
Take Provincial Trans Canada HWY E, exit at St. Laurent Blvd exit, turn left onto St. Laurent Blvd, then right onto Lemieux Street then left onto Joseph Cyr Street 1199 Joseph Cyr Street, will be on on the RIGHT
 

Public Transportation

Train Station
  • Ottawa Train Station.
  • Turn right onto Lemieux St / Rue Lemieux, and then immediately turn right onto RR-26 N / Boulevard St Laurent / St Laurent Blvd Turn left onto Coventry Rd Turn left onto Belfast Rd Turn right onto CheminTremblay Rd Turn left onto road Arrive on the right
  • Estimated distance to the hotel: 10.0
  • Cost of Train: varies according to destination
Subway
Estimated distance to the hotel: 10.0
Cost of Subway: varies according to destination
 
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Symposium Agenda

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019

Time
 
17:00 - 20:00
Event Registration, Holiday Inn Ottawa East
 
**ALL HOT CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT LA CITÉ COLLÉGIALE WITH
THE EXCEPTION OF CLASSES MARKED
 *. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED AT
REGISTRATION OF THE LOCATION**
 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019
Time
HOT CLASSES:  LOCATION La Cité Collégiale
8:00
Amber Young
Yoga for your Inner Warrior
(2 Hours)
Paul St-Onge
CPAT Prep Course .
(2 Hours)
Karen Barsoski
Rescue Me: Conducting Quality Searches
(Full Day)
*Jason Defosse
Auto Extrication - Stabilization, Lifting and Extrication
(Full Day)
Tracey, Anna and Michele
First In Company Officer
(Full Day)
10:00
Paul St- Onge
Driver Simulation Training
(2 Hours)   Workshop is now full
Mike Wood
Recruitment: A Path to Success
(2 Hours)
12:00
LUNCH
13:00-17:00
Kelly, Genna and Sarah
Applicable Fitness and an Introduction to FireFit
(4 Hours)
McCall and Shawn Landry
Chainsaw Workshop
(4 Hours)
Workshop is now full
 
 
 
18:00
Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction Opens
19:00
Opening Ceremonies Begin - Dinner, Speeches and Awards
20:45
Keynote Speaker: London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton
21:30
Closing Announcements/Last Chance for Silent Auction Bidding
21:45
Silent Auction Closes
22:00
Bus shuttles back to the hotel
                      
Time
 IN-CLASS SESSIONS: 
La Cité Collégiale
8:00
jona olsson
When I Doubt Myself and Other Women
Part 1
(2 Hours)
Denise Roy
Fake It Until You Make It: Crushing Imposter Syndrome in Its Tracks
(4 Hours)
Gwen Lewis
Don’t be Scared by the First Two Lines of Defense
(2 Hours)
10:00
jona olsson
When I Doubt Myself
and Other Women
Part 2
(2 Hours)
 
12:00
LUNCH
13:00-15:00
Ali Rothrock
Resilience in Action
(4 Hours)
Chief Peter McBride
            Fire
            Smoke
            Water
            Oxygen
Everything You Wanted to Know About 
Fire Dynamics
(4 Hours)
Paul St Onge
Drones: The Who, What, When, Where & How of Fire Fighting Workshop
(4 Hours)
18:00
Cocktail Reception/Silent Auction Opens
19:00
Opening Ceremonies Begin - Dinner, Speeches and Awards
20:45
Keynote Speaker: London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton
21:30
Closing Announcements/Last Chance for Silent Auction Bidding
21:45
Silent Auction Closes
22:00
Bus shuttles back to the hotel
 
**ALL HOT CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT LA CITÉ COLLÉGIALE WITH
THE EXCEPTION OF CLASSES MARKED
 *. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED AT
REGISTRATION OF THE LOCATION**
 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019 

Time
HOT CLASSES:  LOCATION La Cité Collégiale
 
8:00-
10:00
*Jessica Clermont
Conventional  and Respectful Forcible Entry
(Full Day)
Allison and Scott
Solo Competencies
(Full Day)
Karen Barsoski
Rescue Me: Conducting Quality Searches
(Full Day)
*Program has been cancelled*
*Jason Defosse
Auto Extrication - Stabilization, Lifting and Extrication
(Full Day)
Jennifer Gordon
Changing Careers
(Full Day)
*Cheryl Hunt
Fire Behaviour: Translating Knowledge to Practice
(Full Day)
12:00
LUNCH
 
13:00-17:00
 
 
 
 
 
 
19:00-23:00
Party, Networking and Dinner Time at the LoneStar Texas Grill
 
Time
IN-CLASS SESSIONS:
La Cité Collégiale
8:00
Dany Cotton
Leadership
(2 Hours)
Tawnya Roberts
The Hidden Hazards Among Us
(2 Hours)
Denise Roy
Fake It Until You Make It: Crushing Imposter Syndrome in Its Tracks
(4 Hours)
10:00
Brandon
Northrup
Origin and Cause Investigation
(2 Hours)
Jennifer Keir
Firefighters' Toxic Exposures: Translating Science To Action
(2 Hours)
12:00
LUNCH
13:00
Debbie Miller & Tanya Zayed
Navigating Self, Peer and Organizational Development
(4 Hours)
Al Pellegroms
Peer Support and a Unified Tri-Service Approach
(2 Hours)
Katherine Lamb
Situational Awareness and Incident Decision Making
(4 Hours)
15:00- 17:00
jona olsson
Breaking the Silence
(2 Hours)
19:00-23:00
Party, Networking and Dinner Time at the LoneStar Texas Grill
 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time
Holiday Inn Ottawa East - 1199 Joseph Cyr Street
8:00
Breakfast
8:30- 10:00
Annual General Meeting

HOT Course Descriptions

 
Yoga for Your Inner Warrior
Instructed by: Amber Young
 
Join Amber for an accessible mindfulness based yoga session tailored to a woman’s body. She will be guiding you through the practice and holding space to discuss and provide insight into your breast health and your lymphatic system.  Through the postures and the breath work you’ll reconnect with your inner strength, be empowered in your body, and feel your tension melt away.
 
Participant Requirements:
Yoga matt (optional yet suggested) and a water bottle.
 
Amber Young is a Registered Massage Therapist, Breast Health Educator, Mindfulness Instructor, Yoga Teacher and mom to two amazing boys.  She has been supporting women to achieve their    health care goals since 2004, and brings a wealth of clinical and classroom experience to her teaching.  Her clinical focus has been on women with breast cancer and supporting individuals through trauma-based work.  Amber owns a yoga studio and basis her practice out of Almonte, Ontario.  She is passionate about helping people to live their best in body, mind and spirit.
 
Candidate Physical Abilities Test (CPAT) Prep Course
Instructed by: Paul St-Onge - Coordinator/Professor - La Cité Collégiale Workshop is now full
 
The CPAT is a widely used, comprehensive physical ability test designed specifically for the fire service. All participants will receive “hands-on” familiarity with the test apparatus and receive guidance on specific conditioning regimens and techniques to help them prepare for the test. The job of a firefighter is one of the most physically demanding jobs. It requires high levels of cardiopulmonary endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance. The Candidate Physical Ability Test consists of eight critical physical tasks that simulate actual job duties. Protocols, equipment and practice opportunities will be provided during this workshop.

Participant Requirements:
Running shoes, comfortable clothing/gym wear and water bottle.
 
Driver Simulation Training Workshop is now full
Instructed by: Paul St-Onge - Coordinator/Professor - La Cité Collégiale
The responsibility of preparing, arriving and controlling a scene rests with all firefighters. However, without the safe driving skills that deliver the apparatus, gear and crew to the scene safely, a firefighter’s work cannot be performed. The Emergency Vehicle Operator workshop involves the use of a driving simulator and in class discussions regarding best practices and responsibilities. The instruction during this workshop will better your ability to understand the responsibilities of driving and reduce your chances of becoming involved in a collision. Topics discussed will include a self-appraisal, apparatus inspection, cushion of safety, driving with lights and sirens, applying safe driving techniques and special considerations when operating an emergency vehicle. Your active participation is encouraged throughout this hands on workshop.

Participant Requirements:
N/A
 
Paul St-Onge dedicated to learning and teaching, has devoted his life and career to teaching crisis intervention, scenario based training and experiential learning practices.
 
He has 30 years of experience in emergency situations training. His philosophy has always been to keep teaching simple but efficient. His involvement in many organizations allows him to keep updating his knowledge of emergency training matters. Paul has been teaching since 1988 at the college level. In 1990, Paul was hired by La Cité collégiale, in Ottawa, as a full-time professor in physical training and crisis intervention. He now teaches Police Foundations and Pre-Service Firefighter and Training programs.
 
La Cité collégiale has inaugurated its leading edge 911 Institute – Emergency Services Training Centre, on its main Ottawa campus.  Paul spent two years collaborating on the planning and design of the building, while consulting with 911 emergency services, to create a cutting-edge training facility. The Institute was built to meet the specific training needs of emergency services students. The 911 Institute at La Cité has been recognized as a leading edge training facility on a national and international level.
 
To continually upgrade his skills, Paul does tireless research to keep the courses he teaches current and works on his own professional development. He continues to widen his qualifications by exploring different aspects of emergency response work, for example by participating in field placements and by closely collaborating with law enforcement and emergency service partners.
 
Rescue Me: Conducting Quality Searches
Instructed by: Karen Barsoski
 
There are a number of areas in firefighting where technical skills must be learned and constantly practiced so that in the event of an emergency, you are ready to carry out a rescue.
 
This HOT class will focus on completing effective search and rescue techniques, preparing patients for removal from a hazardous environment, and large area search. With diminished visibility, you will complete scenarios in a mock residential dwelling, maze and open area space.
 
Participant Requirements:
Full PPE, including SCBA, bunker coat and pants, helmet, gloves, flash hood, facepiece, eye protection, and steel toed boots.
 
Karen Barsoski started her career in the fire service in 2003.  She currently serves as a firefighter with the Department of National Defence, as well as Acting District Chief and Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention Education with the McNab Braeside Fire Department.
 
Karen has been an Instructor with the Pre-Fire Service Firefighter Program at Algonquin College, Ottawa, for over 13 years. She is also currently very active in her community leading fundraising efforts for a number of different charities, and was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her dedication to her trade, and commitment to her community.

Auto Extrication: Stabilization, Lifting and Extrication
Instructed by: Jason Defosse, Code 4 Fire & Rescue
 
Firefighters will be challenged to create a plan with the clock running, to perform a fast and safe rescue. The following scenarios are multi-vehicle accidents, roll over pin jobs, t-bone and head-on impacts. Firefighters will receive extensive tool time. The course includes training in the following areas:
  • New car technology, including hybrids 
  • Quick stabilization 
  • Rapid extrication 
  • Resources 
  • Truly understanding rescue tool operations and how to maximize their power. 
This must-have program will share all the latest rapid extrication techniques that will help firefighters improve their rescue times and help build confidence.

Participant Requirements:
Helmet, steel toe boots, gloves, eye protection, ear plugs bunker gear or coveralls
 
Jason Defosse started his firefighting career in 1995 and is a proud member of the Quinte West Fire Department (Trenton, Ontario). He has proudly served as an infantry soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces.  Jason is a rescue specialist and international instructor who specializes in advanced extrication has delivered over 1200 extrication courses and training sessions to the Canadian Military, Mine Rescue and fire departments extensively throughout Canada, the United States and South America through Code 4 Fire & Rescue. He is a regular presenter/trainer at the Northeastern Fire Education Conference and FireCon through the OAFC. Jason is a proud father of 2 children (Julia & Trevor), a hockey coach and enjoys playing guitar.
 
First In Company Officer
Instructed by: Tracey Shields, Michele Fitzsimmons, and Anna Schermerhorn Collins
 
This course will focus on getting the students comfortable with communicating on the radio and with leading their crew. The course will involve a few hours in the classroom and the rest of the day will be practical training. We will discuss the basics of incident command, completing a 360° and the required content of radio reports. We will be using a smoke machine, simulated charged hose lines and forcible entry equipment to create realistic conditions in which students will advance into a structure and locate a mannequin in distress. There will also be a simulated mass casualty incident, which will incorporate motor vehicle and medical components. Students will have the opportunity to assume command, and lead their crew through various incidents.
 
Participant Requirements:
Full PPE: bunker coat and pants, helmet, gloves, flash hood, eye protection, and steel toed boots, plus personal SCBA/face piece and two cylinders.
 
Tracey Shields was hired as one of the first female firefighters in the City of Ottawa in 1999 and has now been promoted as the first female lieutenant in suppression. She is currently working in a station with a heavy rescue and water rescue specialities. Tracey has also been an integral part of Camp FFIT in Ottawa, volunteering her time as an instructor with the program. Tracey has been an active member with FSWO for the past ten years, has learned valuable information, and forged new friendships.
 

Captain Michele Fitzsimmons is a 17-year veteran of the NYC Fire Department.  She is currently the captain of Ladder 12 in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. She is the co-founder and former instructor of Phoenix Firecamp.  She is a graduate of the FDNY Officers Management Institute (FOMI).  2002-2004 she served as the president of FireFLAG, the FDNY's GLBT organization.  From 2013-2015 she was an instructor at FDNY's Probationary Firefighter School.  She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Business School and Graduate School of Education.
 
Lieutenant Anna Schermerhorn-Collins is a 23-year veteran of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). Anna works in fire suppression as a lieutenant assigned to Engine  93 in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan. In 2017, Anna graduated from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California with a master’s degree in Security Studies.  When not at the firehouse, she is applying her degree by building an initiative to enhance personnel accountability  and member welfare for catastrophic events.


 
Recruitment: A Path to Success
Instructed by: Mike Wood
 
Professional firefighting. The path to gaining a position as a firefighter and how to be prepared mentally, emotionally and with a great resume. Overcoming those days when you just feel beaten down.
 
Participant Requirements:
N/A
 
Mike Wood has 24 years in the fire service, and is a very proud member of The City of Toronto Fire Services. He started on a small rural fire service and gained employment shortly after in the city. It seemed Mike was constantly being asked to assist individuals to become firefighters, and found the “science” of recruitment and interviews challenging and extremely interesting. Five years of in-depth research in recruitment, produced models for interview prep, resumes, cover letters and habits successful candidates use. To date, Mike and his mentor partner have assisted over 130 individuals achieve their dream occupation.

 
Applicable Fitness and an Introduction to FireFit
Instructed by: Kelly Zimnicki, Genna McMillan and Sarah Felhaber
 
This program will begin with a look at fitness and how to apply it functionally to firefighting. This foundation will then be applied to the sport of FireFit. You don’t have to be a FireFit competitor or even aspire to be one. This course is meant for anyone who loves fitness, loves their job and wants to be stronger in both.
 
Participant Requirements:
Workout gear, running shoes and gloves.
 
Kelly, Genna and Sarah are all first class firefighters with the Ottawa Fire Service. They are all driven by their passion for both the job and for fitness. This, and their friendship, ultimately brought them together to form a relay team for the FireFit Challenge. They all have different methods for keeping in shape which complimented and diversified them well in competition, and they are looking forward to sharing some of these methods with you.
 
Chainsaw Workshop - Workshop is now full
Instructed by: McCall Laframboise and Shawn Landry
 
This program will give you a clear understanding of different types of saws on the job, what they are used for, basic maintenance and how to identify potential problems. Participants will get the chance to use these saws to cut various types of materials, and translate this knowledge into practice, to perform best practice techniques for venting roofs.
 
Participant Requirements:
Bunker gear, helmet, steel toe boots, gloves, eye protection, and hearing protection.
 
McCall Laframboise is chainsaw certified through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Guelph University. Her experience working with chainsaws include: grounds person at Rideau Valley Tree Services since 2009; wildland firefighter 2010-2014, and most recently hired as a firefighter with Ottawa Fire Services 2018.
 
Shawn Landry started as a volunteer firefighter in 2009 and a wildland firefighter for six seasons with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Shawn graduated from Lake Superior 
State University in 2014.  He is a Professional Chainsaw Operator Instructor (Workplace Safety North) and NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor.



 


Conventional and Respectful Forcible Entry
Instructed by: Jessica Clermont and Patrick Doyle

This HOT course includes the following scenarios:

  • Door/lock size up and mechanical advantage of Halligan tool (in class & hands on training). 
  • Conventional forcible entry inward and outward swinging doors (Gap, Set, Force) Single and 2 firefighter evolutions, with zero visibility scenario. 
  • Lock techniques on residential, commercial, and add-on locks.
  • Discuss/use various tools i.e. shove knives, K-tool, adz rex, J-tool, force wedge, mod. framing square. 
  • Discuss other options (i.e. attacking hinges, drop bars, panic hardware, doggie doors).

Participant Requirements:
Full PPE: bunker coat and pants, helmet, gloves and balaclava (for zero visibility scenario). Eye protection and ear plugs are also required.

Jessica Clermont has been a firefighter with the Toronto Fire Services (TFS) since 2008.  She is the shift training instructor for forcible entry with TFS as well as an instructor with Centennial College Firefighter Pre-Service Program. Jessica studied forcible entry at Spartan Rescue Inc. and YouTube University. Her favourite weapons are hockey sticks and halligan tool. She has 3 dogs, 2 cats and 1 human.

Patrick Doyle became a second-generation Toronto firefighter in August 2008 at the age of twenty. Currently he is assigned to Squad 313, one of five technical rescue apparatus in the city. Pat’s love for the job is demonstrated in the classes he instructs and by the additional training and courses he seeks out between shifts. When he’s not on duty you can find him as a shift training instructor for Toronto Fire or as a training instructor at Centennial and Fleming College in the Pre-Service Fire Program. Patrick brings a wide scope of experience to the classes he instructs and looks forward to sharing his experiences in this conference.

 
Solo Competencies
Instructed by: Allison Vickerd and Scott Brown
 
Firefighters work in teams. In certain situations a firefighter may be called on to perform tasks as an individual that they would normally perform with a partner.
 
In this program, we will take team skills such as forcible entry, ladders, lifts drags and carries (for both civilians and firefighters), VES, and break them down into individual or ‘solo competencies’ so that participants master these skills to contribute to the success of their team.
 
Participant Requirements:
Full PPE: bunker coat and pants, helmet, gloves, flash hood, eye protection, and steel toed boots, plus personal SCBA/face piece and two cylinders.
 
Allison Vickerd has 17 years’ experience as a career fire fighter and presently holds the rank of fire fighter apparatus operator with the London Fire Department. She has also been a part-time instructor at the Lambton College Fire School for the past seven years. Allison has been involved with FSWO since its inception and has served eight years as a board member, holding both director and vice-president positions. She stepped away from the board to concentrate her efforts on building her dream hobby farm but still appreciates every opportunity to be involved with FSWO!
 
Scott Brown is a first generation firefighter. He is a 16-year veteran of the fire service, currently holding the rank of district deputy chief with the St. Clair Township Fire Department. He has been the lead instructor for Lambton College's Fire Science program for the past four years, believing strongly in the pursuit of the "why" behind the "how".  He has also had the pleasure of assisting with various Camp FFIT programs in southwestern Ontario.

 


Fire Behaviour:  Translating Knowledge to Practice
Instructed by: Cheryl Hunt featuring Carissa Campbell-Darmody
 
In 2007, five firefighters from the Ottawa Fire Service jumped for their lives from the windows of a four-story building after rapid fire development. Thankfully everyone survived, and the department committed itself to learning from the events that led up to this near miss.
 
From “Knowledge To Practice” (FKTP) was developed as a result, and the curriculum is currently available free of charge to anyone who wants to learn more about the challenging fire environments firefighters face today, and how to apply various tactics to help control the fire and mitigate inherent risk by applying current fire science with best practice fire ground tactics, and decision making strategies.
 
Join members from the Ottawa Fire Service for an introductory day, to this five-day program. We will explore fire behaviour through small prop demonstrations, practice door control and nozzle techniques, finally putting everything together in a live burn in our 40’ enclosure fire dynamics simulator. You must have Pre-Service Firefighter Education & Training Program Certification or NFPA 1001 Firefighter 1 & 2 accreditation to participate in this live fire training.
 
Participant Requirements:
Participants MUST be proficient in the use of SCBA and be certified in NFPA Firefighter 1001, meeting requirements for live fire training.
 
Full PPE, including SCBA and cylinder, bunker coat and pants, helmet, gloves, flash hood, face piece, and structural firefighting boots.
 
Cheryl Hunt has been a career firefighter with the Ottawa Fire Service for 17 years. She is now an acting lieutenant in suppression, and as one of the pioneer female firefighters in Ottawa, Cheryl is dedicated to improving the diversity of our fire service, and serves on the board of directors for Fire Service Women Ontario as the chair of the annual Professional Development Symposium.
 
Cheryl is one of the 16 original instructors to have been trained to instruct the From Knowledge To Practice (FKTP) Fire Dynamics curriculum, originating out of Ottawa, Ontario. She is a member of the curriculum development and program management team for FKTP, and is currently helping to design the curriculum for company officers. Her training and development not only includes five years of learning and helping to develop the FKTP program, but also the IFSFI SLICE-RS course, Andy Starnes Kill the Flashover Tactical TIC course, and the IFSFI Understanding Fighting Basement Fires course.
 
All of this, yet her number one title is “Mom” to three beautiful children, and happily married to a fellow firefighter and FKTP Instructor, Shaun.
 
Carissa Campbell-Darmody was involved in a high profile fire only three months into her career. The Forward Avenue Fire helped guide the Ottawa Fire Services towards implementing new safety features and a fire dynamics curriculum aimed at making positive changes in this high-risk job. Carissa will share her firsthand experience of having been involved in this fire, the challenges and lessons learned so that others can hopefully learn from it too.

 
Changing Careers
**IMPORTANT NOTE: this session is specifically for women 20+ who are currently not in the fire service, or have any previous fire experience.**
Instructed by: Jennifer Gordon and Audrey-Anne Robinson
 
Have you ever thought about pursuing a career in the fire service? It’s never too late to think about changing careers! Not sure where to start? Let Fire Service Women Ontario help.
 
This eight hour session will explore the fire service from “Is this for me?” to “How do I get hired?” Starting with an in-class session led by firefighters as well as women currently changing careers into the fire service, we will introduce you to the firefighter recruitment process and answer any questions that you may have about firefighting as a career. We will also have the opportunity to get out on the fire ground, put on the gear, go through training scenarios, practice hose handling, and see what it’s like to search through a smoky building when there is limited visibility. If you are curious whether or not the fire service is for you, and want to know what it’s all about, this session is for you!
 
French translation will be offered.
 
Participant Requirements:
Each participant is responsible for bringing gloves, eye-protection, steel-toe boots and clothes suitable for physical fitness. Bunker gear and helmet will be provided to you for the day. A water bottle and notebook are also suggested.
 
Jennifer Gordon has recently graduated with honours from the Pre-service Firefighting program Conestoga College. Jenn also received the David Ferrede Health and Safety Award for her safe practices on the fire ground. Firefighting has been a dream of hers for many years, and she now has the opportunity to make that dream a reality. She also works full time at her family’s business. Previously, she worked as a sales and training co-ordinator where she was involved with new hire training and event planning. She is very honoured to have been selected as the student director on the FSWO Board of Directors for the second year in a row. Jenn enjoys continuous education and is working towards her teacher trainer of adults certificate with Conestoga College. 
 
Jenn is very involved in the community and loves to volunteer. She volunteers every year at the Operation Christmas Child sorting warehouse and helps pack shoeboxes. In 2014, she travelled with OCC to Nicaragua to deliver the shoeboxes directly to the children. In August 2017, she travelled to Cambodia to work with Samaritans Purse on a water project. The goal of the water project was to install water filtration systems to individual families as well as schools and to teach the families and children about sanitation and the importance of hand washing. She is also a volunteer with St. John Ambulance.
 
Last year Jenn had the incredible opportunity to create a session for people who were contemplating a career change and interested in learning more about the fire service which included some hands-on experience. There was an incredible turn out last year with people of all ages coming together to learn and knowledge share about something they are mutually interested in and passionate about. Jenn is looking forward to another amazing session this year, at the 10th anniversary of the conference.
 
Audrey-Anne Robinson decided it was time to pursue a childhood dream after 10 years as a parachute instructor and almost 5000 jumps, she had always dreamed of becoming a firefighter, and in 2017 decided to start this dream with enrolling in the Pre-Service Firefighter program at La Cité Collégiale. After much dedication, Audrey-Anne was able to graduate with honours and at the top of her class.
 

That summer, Audrey-Anne was hired by the Municipality of Duhamel in Quebec, as a volunteer, preventionist, medical first responder and nautical patroller. In September of 2018, La Cité Collégiale offered Audrey-Anne a job as a physical education teacher for the fire program, as well as an instructor for the Dual Credits Program in the fire program.

In December 2018, she was hired as a firefighter in the City of Clarence-Rockland and began her career as a firefighter. Audrey-Anne works at Multi-Trek in Safety, Vertical Rescue and confined space rescue.


 
 

Changing Careers – Firefighters Wanted

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter, working as part of a team serving your community? Fire Service Women Ontario is offering an opportunity to women interested in firefighting as a career or volunteer opportunity.

During this full day session, we will explore the fire service from ‘where do I start’ to ‘how do I get hired’. The day will include in-class sessions on career prep, education, physical testing and the hiring process, as well as practical fire ground operations. Led by current firefighters, Conestoga College instructors, and women currently changing careers, you will gain exposure to firefighter training, comradery and what it takes to do the job. If you are curious if the fire service is for you and want to know what it’s all about, this session is for you.

Participant Requirements:

  • Clothes suitable for physical fitness.
  • Water bottle.
  • Notebook and pen.
  • Work gloves.
  • Steel toe boots.

To register for this program click here.

Professional Development Workshops and Presenters

Keynote Speaker: London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton

Dany joined the fire service in London in 1988 being posted first to Wimbledon fire station as a recruit firefighter. Three months later she attended the Clapham rail disaster where 33 people lost their lives. Dany was transferred to Tooting Fire Station a few years later, and then in 1993, she applied for her first promotion. This move took her to Wandsworth fire station to a notoriously difficult watch.  It was a very difficult period in Dany’s career, but she persevered and 18 months later transferred to a different watch at Wandsworth where she was fortunate enough to work with two other women firefighters.

Dany moved stations and worked through the ranks becoming the 1st woman station officer in the UK Fire Service in 1998 and then subsequently undertook a number of different roles in boroughs and at head quarters.

In March 2012, Dany was promoted to Assistant Commissioner becoming one of the highest ranking woman firefighters in Europe, and then as Director for Safety and Assurance in one of the world’s biggest and highest profile fire brigade’s, becoming a significant public figure in the sector of emergency services. She has served in many roles and has taken this wealth of experience and knowledge to the upper echelons of brigade management where she works tirelessly to improve firefighter safety and opportunities for others. Dany is currently the Chair of the WFS (Women in the Fire Service) and strives to develop the considerable talents of those around her.

Dany has attended a number of high profile incidents including Clapham train crash a few months after leaving training school, the Cutty Sark fire in 2007, she was in charge of a 40 pump fire on the day of the Olympic closing ceremony and since taking charge of the London Fire Brigade as Commissioner she has led the Brigade during major incidents including the terrorist attacks at London Bridge and Finsbury Park and the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

Dany was appointed as the first woman Commissioner in January 2017 to lead the London Fire Brigade (LFB) in its 153 year history.

Dany was ‘Public Servant of the Year’ in 2002 and was the first woman to be awarded the Queen's Fire Service medal in January 2004, voted among the most influential women in London in 2011 and won the ‘First Women Award’ in the Public Sector category in 2014 and ‘Most Influential Woman in Fire’ award in 2015.

Dany regularly gives interviews regarding public safety and about her role as a senior female representative of the fire service. She has built an extensive online portfolio of interviews to Reuters, Sky TV and numerous National Television outlets as well as representing the Brigade in smaller online interviews and in the print media. 

Dany’s efforts have been recognized internationally, being added as the only non-American entry in ABC’s “Twelve Amazing Female Firefighters” in 2011 and she has worked closely with brigades around the world to further our understanding of fire behaviour. She regularly represents the LFB at national and international events and strives to promote opportunities for women in the fire service. Notably she delivered the keynote address to the Fire Safety Asia Conference in Singapore, representing national interests in front of 1200 high level international delegates from across Asia.

Leadership
Presented by Dany Cotton

In this session, Dany will cover women as leaders and leadership in times of crisis.

Women can lead very differently to men and we should celebrate and embrace that difference. However, sometimes it can be difficult for women leaders to find role models and mentors in male dominated organizations. It is vitally important to stay true to yourself and your values and not try to be somebody you are not.

Dany believes that we only ever really discover our true inner strength when we have to lead under pressure.  She will to explore how to build personal resilience to allow us to be the best we can be in times of extreme pressure or stress.


MC for the Opening Ceremonies
 
Annette Goerner is the Host of CTV Morning Live – Ottawa’s favourite morning show. She is an award winning journalist with a career in television and radio that spans nearly two decades.

Annette's broadcasting career started in the city where she was raised: Windsor, Ontario.  She worked as a Reporter/Anchor for AM800 CKLW. Then went on to become the Weekend Newscaster on News Talk Radio 1290 CJBK in London. In 2002, Annette joined The New WI (now CTV Windsor) as a Videographer/Anchor. In 2006, Annette joined A-News Ottawa and has held the positions of Videographer, Reporter, Weekend News Anchor, CTV Morning Live News Anchor, and now Host.

Annette brings a wealth of experience and credibility to the show every morning, keeping viewers informed and entertained. She’s covered everything from municipal and federal politics, to crime, and personal stories of cancer survivors in Ottawa.  She also produced and hosted special broadcasts on sensitive topics such as sexual abuse against children, and concussions in sports. A highlight of her career was a trip to the Philippines in 2011 where she filed stories on the work being done by World Vision, with a focus on issues facing women and children living in poverty.

When Annette is not on the air, she volunteers her time emceeing various galas and events in Ottawa. She served as a board member for Breast Cancer Action, and has been recognized by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation with the Victory Award.  She volunteers with her dog, Jack – a golden retriever – certified with Ottawa Therapy Dogs – at a senior’s home for women suffering Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

But the most important work she does is at home, as a wife and mother to two young daughters.


When I Doubt Myself and Other Women (Part 1) Confronting Internalized Sexism (for women only)

When I Doubt Myself and Other Women (Part 2) Healing Deeper (for women only)

Breaking our Silence - Courageous intervention of racist, sexist or any hurtful behaviors (for everyone)
Presented by: Jona Olsson

Program Description:
When I Doubt Myself and Other Women (Part 1) – Confronting Internalized Sexism
This workshop encourages women to examine the harmful impact of a lifetime of sexist messages that can cause competent women to doubt their own judgment, competence and leadership capacity, and those of other women. Self-confidence is a requirement for success in the fire/emergency service. Most female responders have overcome many of the sexist comments, behaviors and policies that challenged them in reaching their current positions, but their own, internalized sexism may still be holding them back. Participants will confront the internal doubts, the effect on performance and support of other female firefighters, and explore ways to overcome those doubts.

When I Doubt Myself and Other Women (Part 2)–Healing Deeper
Leadership in the fire service demands self-confidence, and trust of one’s own knowledge, judgement and capabilities. While most women have successfully challenged sexist comments, behaviours, policies and organizational structures to get to their positions, the impact of internalized sexism often still holds us back–since a lifetime of sexist messages causes us to doubt our judgement, our competence, and our leadership capacity. Picking up from Part 1, we’ll help each other dig deeper and explore strategies to interrupt our patterns of self-doubt, and to support other women, so we can all perform our very best.

Breaking our silence - Courageous intervention of racist, sexist or any hurtful behaviors
When good people are silent, they allow racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-semitism, anti-Islam, and all other forms of oppression to persist unchallenged.

Fire service personnel should be inspired and equipped to provide respectful support and advocacy, rooted in justice, for their colleagues and all communities they serve. Personnel must also be trained and empowered to intervene in oppressive or hurtful behaviors they witness.

In this session, participants will practice their skills of intervening in oppressive behaviors while working to re-build trust, using real-life, fire service scenarios.

Jona Olsson is the director of cultural bridges to justice and Asst. Chief of Latir Volunteer Fire Department in New Mexico, US. jona has presented for IAFC, IAFF, FBU, i-women, CAFC, FSWO, London and Edinburgh Fire Brigades, Ottawa and Calgary Fire Departments, Australasian Fire and Emergency Authorities Council, Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) plus many other agencies in the U. S., Canada, UK and Australasia. She was named 2012 Volunteer Chief of the Year by Fire Chief Magazine and IAFC. In 2015 she received the first Ambassador Award from FSWO. jona lives with her wife, Jane, and several rescued 4-footed friends.


Fake It Until You Make It: Crushing Imposter Syndrome in Its Tracks
Presented by: Denise Roy

Most of us have probably been there at one point in our life. Maybe it was when you got your first big job, or maybe it was just after your last promotion. That little voice inside your head quietly says, “What if I’m not ready”.  Or, more subversively, “What if they find out that I’m an imposter”?

Join me while we explore imposter syndrome.  We will discuss our own imposter experiences, explore the science behind the syndrome, learn the difference between imposter syndrome and low confidence, learn how to crush imposter syndrome in its tracks and then try out some exercises to make that happen.

Denise Roy is a human resources executive, with 20 years of experience in human resources management, specializing in driving workforce engagement in evolving environments.  Denise is currently the vice president of human resources at The Cooper Group, which owns and operates a number of privately and publicly held organizations, including Cardinal Couriers Ltd.  She is also Founder of DKRHR.

Denise completed her human resources education in 2005 and received her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation in 2006.  She also has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo.  Today, she is midway through the Master of Human Resources Management program at York University. 



Resilience In Action
Presented by: Ali Rothrock

Ali Rothrock will share her story of experiencing trauma in the fire service. She will speak about the factors that lead to a PTSD diagnosis, including a sexual assault. She will talk about the cultural similarities that exist in all firehouses and the challenges that women face in the fire service. She will spend time delving into mental health issues that impact firefighters including the stress continuum and suicide. Attendees will walk away feeling hopeful that mental health struggles can be overcome.

Ali Rothrock is an author, educator and speaker who has given over 500 presentations nationwide. Ali has worked as a sexual assault and domestic violence counselor and has enjoyed thirteen years in the volunteer fire service. Ali is the author of Where Hope Lives, which she published in 2010 and is currently writing her second book, After. She is the CEO and Lead Instructor of On the Job and Off, an online platform dedicated to building more resilient first responders. Ali is a Certified Trauma Responder through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. She lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with her husband.


Fire, Smoke, Water, Oxygen – Everything You Wanted to Know About Fire Dynamics but Were Afraid to Ask
Presented by: Chief Peter McBride

Fire dynamics is the study of how fires start, spread and develop. Sizing up fire conditions is a critical assessment skill for operational decision-making and tactical level responder safety. This lecture will explore fire dynamics through an overview of the From Knowledge To Practice curriculum materials and will highlight novel models for understanding and communicating fire. The student will have free access to extensive web-based student manuals and curriculum materials, https://www.firedynamicstraining.ca/ for review and for their fire department’s use.

Chief 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. Peter recently lead 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.


Drones: the Who, What, When, Where & How of Fire Fighting Workshop
Presented by: Paul St-Onge - Coordinator/Professor - La Cité Collégiale

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an interesting opportunity to understand the ways UAVs/drones are being integrated by fire services and first responders in Canada and abroad. Drones offer a great opportunity to gather information ranging from significant incidents to large-scale events that provide additional situational awareness for first responders and incident command.  This information can help keep firefighters and other responders from unnecessary danger and support decision making affecting search & rescue, forest fires, disasters, hazmat incidents and incident management decisions. Participants attending this workshop will be provided a brief explanation of the new June 1, 2019 regulations from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) regarding piloting UAVs in Canada. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see an assortment of drones equipped with IR cameras, video and additional capabilities in fire detection and suppression with open discussions regarding technology today.  A demonstration of various UAVs/drones will be conducted during this experiential and scenario based workshop by accredited pilots.

Paul St-Onge dedicated to learning and teaching, has devoted his life and career to teaching crisis intervention, scenario based training and experiential learning practices.

He has 30 years of experience in emergency situations training. His philosophy has always been to keep teaching simple but efficient. His involvement in many organizations allows him to keep updating his knowledge of emergency training matters.

Paul has been teaching since 1988 at the college level. In 1990, Paul was hired by La Cité collégiale, in Ottawa, as a full-time professor in physical training and crisis intervention. He now teaches Police Foundations and Pre-Service Firefighter and Training programs.

La Cité collégiale has inaugurated its leading edge 911 Institute – Emergency Services Training Centre, on its main Ottawa campus. Paul spent two years collaborating on the planning and design of the building, while consulting with 911 emergency services, to create a cutting-edge training facility. The Institute was built to meet the specific training needs of emergency services students.  The 911 Institute at La Cité has been recognized as a leading edge training facility on a national and international level.

To continually upgrade his skills, Paul does tireless research to keep the courses he teaches current and works on his own professional development. He continues to widen his qualifications by exploring different aspects of emergency response work, for example by participating in field placements and by closely collaborating with law enforcement and emergency service partners.


The Hidden Hazards Among Us
Presented by: Tawnya Roberts

Several case studies will be reviewed to highlight the very volatile and unexpected environment fire service members may find themselves in and the different methods to mitigate and address those serious situations including joint operations with other agencies as well as the importance of post incident debriefs.

Topics in the case studies will include:

• “Storage Wars”- The day a meth lab was delivered
• “Capitalizing on our most vulnerable”-Human Trafficking, addiction recovery and drug operations in former hotels

Tawnya Roberts is a program specialist with the Office of the Fire Marshal Inspection and Enforcement Unit. As a strong advocate of the power of fire prevention, she has provided dynamic leadership for over 15 years in shaping fire safety standard enforcement across Ontario by developing and delivering educational seminars and mitigation strategies to support fire service leaders in utilizing their extensive legislative powers to save lives. From mitigation of extreme hoarding situations, execution of entry warrants to addressing “immediate threat to life” situations, Tawnya Roberts highlights the significant impact, purpose and strategies surrounding fire safety enforcement.


Origin and Cause Investigation
Presented by: Brandon Northrup

The science behind origin and cause investigation has three distinct areas of responsibility: municipal, provincial and private. Private fire investigation and the possibility of subrogation (i.e. financial recovery of the loss payment) is often a resource many in the fire service are not aware of. Private fire investigations work within the insurance industry to determine the cause of fire incidents and categorizing those incidents into one of four classifications identified within NFPA 921. Further, the private fire investigator has a unique avenue to prevention and the mitigation of future incidents with regards to origin and cause determination related to the insurance industry.

Brandon Northrup is a forensic fire investigator with Pario Engineering and Environmental Sciences LP, specializing in origin and cause investigation.  Pario Engineering and Environmental Sciences LP is a wholly owned subsidiary of SCM Insurance Services LP.

Brandon completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration in 2017, and is currently pursuing a Master of Emergency Service Management Degree.  Further, Brandon holds a Fire and Safety Diploma from Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Company Officer Diploma, Ontario Fire College, and both Fire Administration and Fire Leadership Certificates from Dalhousie University.

Brandon holds professional designations as an Executive Chief Fire Officer (ECFO), Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), Graduate Member Institute of Fire Engineers (GIFireE) and Certified Municipal Manager III (CMMIII) in addition to 11 NFPA certifications.


Firefighters' Toxic Exposures: Translating Science to Action
Presented by: Jennifer Keir

Firefighters can be exposed to a variety of toxic, cancer-causing chemicals during fire suppression. This is of particular concern since studies have found firefighters to have higher rates of cancer compared to the general public. This course will summarize some of the past and present research on cancer rates, particularly in female firefighters, and exposures to toxic chemicals in the fire service. Facts and myths about the efficacy of certain exposure reduction procedures will also be covered.

Jennifer Keir, MSc, is a research associate and PhD student at the University of Ottawa studying toxic exposures to combustion-derived substances. She completed her master’s degree in chemical and environmental toxicology at the University of Ottawa where she worked with Ottawa firefighters to assess their exposures during on-shift, emergency fire suppression. Jennifer also has bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and health science from the University of Western Ontario.



Navigating Self, Peer and Organizational Development
Presented by: Debbie Miller & Tanya Zayed
 
1. Increase your self confidence through self advocacy: 
  • "What dooms women is not their actual ability, but rather the decision not to compete".
  • Individuals (help to): establish personal goals, make independent informed choices and are able to identify resources and supports to help them achieve personal goals.
  • Learning self-advocacy skills develops self-determination skills, which fosters increased personal satisfaction and happiness.
  • Individuals learn through opportunities and experiences to explore, take risks, learn from consequences, become self-motivated, develop positive self-esteem and gradually gain control over their lives.
2. Navigating and managing stressful conversations in the workplace.
3. Encouraging your organization to change: Having a workforce that's ready and able to harness that change will make the difference between success and failure. 
  • Placing shared responsibility and accountability for professional achievement and advancement of members between its leaders and members (particularly those from traditionally marginalized groups).
  • Must be linked to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategies.
  • Leadership is a central component which drives strategies.
***Done right in organizations – is not seen as reverse discrimination but inclusive engagement***
 
Tanya Zayed currently works as a Learning Advisor for Global Affairs Canada’s Centre for Intercultural Learning where she works on Diversity and Inclusion, Gender Based Analysis and Bias Awareness. She also oversees the military and police intercultural effectiveness training programmes. Ms. Zayed has 17 years of experience working on the marginalization of children and youth in both conflict and non-conflict settings. As a consultant, Ms. Zayed recently worked on the prevention of radicalization of youth to violent extremism with Georgia State University and the US Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative, as well as with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Ms. Zayed has been a consultant for UNICEF and Justice Rapid Response and worked with the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative for eight years. She made her way from Project Coordinator to Deputy Director and Head of Training. She has designed, developed and facilitated child protection training for national defense and security forces, including face-to-face and e-learning curricula.  As a subject matter on the impact of war on children, her extensive field experience includes building child protection capacity for national and international actors in wide variety of country contexts: the African Great Lakes Region (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda); West Africa (Sierra Leone); Southern Africa (Botswana), South America (Bolivia, Colombia); and the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon). She holds a bachelors degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s degree in Conflict Studies from St. Paul University. Originally from Canada, she is fluent in English, French, and Spanish, and has basic knowledge of Arabic. 

Inspector Debbie Miller has over 25 years of policing experiences. She was one of the first five black female officers hired by Ottawa Police in 1994. She was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Canada with her mother and three brothers. Debbie   graduated Carleton University in 1993 with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology. She was the first recipient of the Ottawa Police Service Thomas G Flanagan Scholarship (1993). This scholarship is given to a Racialized female and or Aboriginal female with an interest in Policing.
 
In 2008 while she was seconded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Insp. Miller collaborated with the International Youth Advisory Congress (IYAC) on a national strategy which focused on Online Safety and Security for youth.  The knowledge and skills from this (first of its kind) project were implemented by schools and policing agencies across Canada as an added tool for combating the exploitation of young people. Insp. Miller’s current role is leading the Ottawa Police Customer Unit.  This unit is unit responds to non-emergency calls for service. Prior to her promotion, Insp. Miller successfully lead the recruitment unit, where she was instrumental in changing how Ottawa Police Service recruited and hired qualified diverse candidates by identifying and eliminating systemic barriers in the hiring process. She also used sports as a means of community engagement.  She partnered with Ottawa Hoopstars basketball team, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment group (OSEG) to rebuild trust in marginalized communities that historically did not trust the police. Insp. Miller highlighted Ottawa Police and policing nationally through a robust communication strategy, which incorporated Social Media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. She recruited a dynamic Outreach Recruitment Team that team engaged the community by hosting virtual ride alongs and information sessions. Inspector Miller’s recruiting unit was the first in Canada to introduce Job-Posal’s as an innovative method to notify a candidate that they have successfully passed the hiring process.
 
Insp. Miller has been recognized for her service through numerous awards including: Ontario Women in Law Enforcement (OWLE) Mentorship Award 2007, profiles in Diversity Journal- Profiled in this American Leaders journal (one of only two Black Canadian leaders profiled in 2008), Global Community Alliance Community Builders Award- 2009, IODE Canada (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) Community award (2012), The Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community service (2012). Recipient of the 2019 Member of Order of Merit of the Police Forces (MOM) award.
 
When not working, Insp. Miller spends time with her husband, who is also a police officer (Staff Sergeant) and two grown daughters. She actively reads, plays sports and enjoys pursuing her love of photography. Debbie is an avid community volunteer, where she mentors, women and youth, while participating on boards of directors. She believes that all of us have a responsibility to give back to the community we serve.
 
Finally, Insp. Miller’s is committed to changing the culture of policing. She is committed to opening doors for those that traditionally did not see policing as a possibility for them, to creating the next generation of innovative police leaders.
 

Peer Support and a Unified Tri-Service Approach
Presented by: Lorraine Downey, Alain Pellegroms and Brent MacIntyre

Learn how the City of Ottawa’s first responder peer support teams have worked to break down silos and stigmas, and how they are actively engaged in supporting their colleagues and each other.  The Tri-Service Peer Support Coordinators from fire, police and EMS will outline their beginnings, challenges and what they have learned over the past 2 years of working together to build their peep support network.

Lorraine Downey has been an Ottawa Paramedic for 13 years and coordinator of the peer support program since 2014.  Her combined role as front line medic and coordinator of the 50 member peer support team provides great challenges and satisfaction.  As co-chair of the First Responder Mental Health Network Collaboration she is working on a pilot project first responder clinic. Lorraine is a business graduate with background in team building, corporate training and marketing. The peer support team was awarded the Royal Mental Health "Transformational Leader for Mental Health Award" (March 2019).

Alain Pellegroms has been a firefighter for 11 years and training officer for the past year with Ottawa Fire Services (OFS). Previous to this, he served with the Canadian Armed Forces as a medic for 21 years in Canada and internationally. In 2017, Al set up a 35 member peer support team for the OFS.  He has implemented mental health programs including OFS Partner Day, which invites family members into the fire service, giving them information on the mental and physical challenges of a firefighter.  He believes that education, training with a well-developed anti-stigma campaign are the strongest components for resiliency.

Brent MacIntyre has been a police officer for 21 years, with the Niagara Regional Police Service and for the last 18 with the Ottawa Police Service.  Throughout his career, Brent has worked in, criminal investigative, emergency operations and patrol services.  Since 2017 he has served as a sergeant in charge of peer support within the health safety lifestyles and wellness section. He assists members experiencing life challenges and implements concrete measurable responses for the organization wellness plan.   Brent is a strong advocate for members’ personal mental health and believes that members are stronger when working in a team environment to overcome challenging circumstances.  



Situational Awareness & Incident Decision Making
Presented by: Dr. Katherine Lamb MIFireE, MSc (Oxon), BSc (hons)

Understanding the incident and how it is likely to develop is essential to implementation of appropriate tactics and incident actions.

  • What do I need to know?
  • What do the answers to my questions mean?
  • Can I anticipate what the incident will look like in 20 minute’s time?

Assertive, effective and safe all hazards commanders: A Commander who has all these qualities will be dynamic, reactive and balanced, happy to make decisions and lead the incident.

  • But what makes somebody an effective commander?
  • How should you develop and nurture those skills?
  • When should you start that development process?
  • How should you measure this competence?

Every fire department has got a different answer to these questions, yet they are all providing almost identical services and solutions.

During the session, Dr. Lamb will discuss scenario-based command training which develops and importantly maintains these command competencies, allowing commanders to develop their skills in a safe environment.

Dr. Katherine Lamb is a respected authority on the training and assessment of incident command and crisis decision making. She received her MSc from the University of Oxford and her doctorate at the University of London. She worked as an accomplished researcher before joining the fire service in 2004. During her fire service career, she served in Birmingham, Manchester and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Services, where she held many operational roles, including station manager within the incident command training team.

In 2015, she established Effective Command, a charitable organization which develops the concept of the thinking commander, someone who has the capacity to deal with the unexpected. This development tool is accredited by several professional bodies and academic institutions and is used to train and assess incident command competence and crisis decision making. It is widely used throughout the international emergency response community for the training of crisis decision makers.


Don’t be Scared by the First Two Lines of Defense
Presented by: Acting Division Chief Gwen Lewis

Public fire education and inspection/code enforcement: they can both reduce the number and severity of the damage caused by fires when they occur, which in turn makes our communities safer and protects our firefighters from harm. While not every fire can be prevented, all fire protection systems have a positive impact in reducing the severity of fires if properly installed, checked, tested, and inspected. Learn why public education and fire prevention are the best two lines of defense and how these can protect our firefighters from injuries. 
 
Fire prevention is on the forefront of firefighting and anyone can do it. If the fire trucks respond, it is already too late. The loss, damage, injury and even death is already in progress.
 
Gwen started her career with the fire service in the dispatch center answering emergency calls and dispatching fire trucks and personnel to emergencies. After six years in the communications division, she wanted to further her career within the fire service and was promoted to fire prevention officer with the Ottawa Fire Services.  As a fire prevention officer, she has investigated over 150 fires, enforced the Ontario Fire Code, and created and delivered public education programs. In 2015, she was promoted to assistant division chief and now looks after the public education portfolio and inspections.
 
After being involved with the eastern chapter of the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association (OMFPOF), she took on a position as a director for the provincial executive. In 2017, she was voted in as treasurer, and in June 2019 was elected president.
Recruitment: A Path to Success
Instructed by: Mike Wood
 

This course can be taken as a stand alone workshop, or as an extension of Paul St Onge's CPAT Prep Course for participants wishing to pursue firefighting as a career and practice the skills required, from physical testing to interviews, to get hired in this increasingly competitive field.

Professional firefighting. The path to gaining a position as a firefighter and how to be prepared mentally, emotionally and with a great resume. Overcoming those days when you just feel beaten down.
 
Participant Requirements:
N/A
 
Mike Wood has 24 years in the fire service, and is a very proud member of The City of Toronto Fire Services. He started on a small rural fire service and gained employment shortly after in the city. It seemed Mike was constantly being asked to assist individuals to become firefighters, and found the “science” of recruitment and interviews challenging and extremely interesting. Five years of in-depth research in recruitment, produced models for interview prep, resumes, cover letters and habits successful candidates use. To date, Mike and his mentor partner have assisted over 130 individuals achieve their dream occupation.

 

Contact Us

Do you have a question about the Fire Service Women Ontario 2019 Symposium and AGM?  We would be happy to help!
 
For registration inquiries, hotel accommodations or other specific inquiries, please contact:
 
Laura Aivaliotis, FSWO Registrar
Phone:  905-426-9865 x230
 
For additional information with regards to FSWO or your FSWO membership, please email: membership@fswo.ca