Join us September 8-10, 2022 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay for FireCon 2022.

About Fire Con

For the past 30 years, Emergency North Training (ENT), has developed critical regional training courses and programs for firefighters and emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories, and First Nations in northwestern Ontario. The main training forum held each September is known as FireCon.
 
Municipal budgets in the north continue to be under significant pressure to reduce costs and spending. With that said, the courses offered at FireCon, on a per-student basis, is the best opportunity for your first responders to receive affordable training at a recognized standard.  As such, ENT prides itself in delivering affordable, accessible, and attainable training programs and courses. Courses offered at FireCon adhere to the standards of Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), Emergency Management (EM), and the Ministry of Labour. 

By collaborating and partnering with the OFM, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and corporate sponsors, we can ensure that our objective of providing regional emergency training, in particular, the staging of FireCon event, remains possible.
 
But FireCon is more than just training, FireCon hosts a professional trade show where attendees receive information from company experts on new equipment, technologies, and services. On Saturday evening, we host our annual banquet where attendees enjoy a delicious meal and entertainment and have the opportunity to network with their friends in the fire service.
 

FireCon 2022 Registration Information & Rates - Registration is now closed.

Emergency North Training (ENT) is an incorporated, non-profit organization whose mission is to offer valuable training at an affordable price. The ENT Board of Directors recognizes that municipalities in northwestern Ontario are consistently under funding pressures and have committed to re-investing any profits made from the event into the program for the following year.
 
For questions about FireCon courses, please contact us at 905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651 or by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca.
 
Package Option
Inclusions
FireCon 2022  All-Inclusive Package - 4 nights
$1,300.00 + HST - SOLD OUT
 
 
  • Four nights’ accommodation (September 7, 8, 9, & 10)
  • Conference September 8, 9, & 10
  • Breakfast, lunch & coffee breaks September 8, 9, & 10
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Trade Show access
  • General meeting on September 10
ENT will book your room for you, if you choose this package.  Your room with be at one of the overflow hotels.  Victoria Inn is SOLD OUT
FireCon 2022  All-Inclusive Package - 3 nights
$1,000.00 + HST - SOLD OUT
  • Three nights’ accommodation (September 8, 9, & 10)
  • Conference September 9 & 10
  • Breakfast, lunch & coffee breaks September 9 & 10
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Trade Show access
  • General meeting on September 10
ENT will book your room for you, if you choose this package.  Your room with be at one of the overflow hotels.  Victoria Inn is SOLD OUT
FireCon 2022  - 3 day package
$565.00 + HST
 
 
 
  • Conference September 8, 9, & 10
  • Breakfast, lunch & coffee breaks September 8, 9, & 10
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Trade Show access
  • General meeting on September 10
FireCon 2022  - 2 day package
$400.00 + HST
 
  • Conference September 9 & 10
  • Breakfast, lunch & coffee breaks September 9 & 10
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Trade Show access
  • General meeting on September 10
FireCon Banquet, additional tickets - September 10
$85.00 + HST
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Dinner, entertainment, & Awards
Ontario Fire College Candidate Testing Only
$30.00 + HST
 
  • Ontario Fire College Candidate Certification Test
  • Trade Show Pass
 
 
Track Name
 
Dates
A
Search and Rescue
2-day
Sept 9/10
B
Firefighter I Essentials
2-day
Sept 9/10
C
Live Fire Attack - FULL
2-day
Sept 9/10
D
Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue
2-day
Sept 9/10
E
Heavy Vehicle Extrication - FULL
2-day
Sept 9/10
F-1
NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I 
Certification Track - REGISTRATION CLOSED
3-day
Sept 8/9/10
F-2
NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I 
Certification Track- REGISTRATION CLOSED
3-day
Sept 8/9/10
G
Livestock Safety & Extrication Program
2-day
Sept 9/10
H
Public Education & Prevention Track
2-day
Sept 9/10
I -1
NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) Certification Track - FULL
3.5-day
Sept 8/9/10/11
I -2
NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) Certification Track - FULL
3.5-day
Sept 8/9/10/11
J
NFPA 1521 Certification Track- REGISTRATION CLOSED
3-day
Sept 8/9/10
K
SP-230 Wildland Fire Strategies and Tactics
2-day
Sept 9/10
L
Leadership
2-day
Sept 9/10
M
Mobile Live Fire Training Unit Familiarization Workshop
2-day
Sept 9/10
 

 

2022 Emergency North Training Board of Directors

 
President
Chief
Kent Readman
Kenora

 
 
Vice President 
Chief
Graham Warburton
Atikokan
 
Treasurer
Deputy Chief 
David Paxton
Thunder Bay
 
Secretary
Chief
Jan Morrison
Schreiber
 
Past President
Captain 
Todd Skene

 

Director
Chief
Scott Trach
Oxdrift
 
 
Director
Chief
Sarah Shoemaker
Nolalu Emergency Services Team

 

 

Director
Chief
Dexter Hupe
Red Lake

 

Read about FireCon History

FireCon 2022 Registration is now closed.

 
Emergency North Training (ENT) is an incorporated, non-profit organization whose mission is to offer valuable training at an affordable price. The ENT Board of Directors recognizes that municipalities in northwestern Ontario are consistently under funding pressures and have committed to re-investing any profits made from the event into the program for the following year.
 
Package Option
Inclusions
FireCon 2022  All-Inclusive Package - 4 nights
$1,300.00 + HST - SOLD OUT
 
 
 
  • Four nights’ accommodation (September 7, 8, 9, & 10)
  • Conference September 8, 9, & 10
  • Breakfast, lunch & coffee breaks September 8, 9, & 10
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Trade Show access
  • General meeting on September 10
ENT will book your room for you, if you choose this package.  
FireCon 2022  All-Inclusive Package - 3 nights
$1,000.00 + HST - SOLD OUT
 
  • Three nights’ accommodation (September 8, 9, & 10)
  • Conference September 9 & 10
  • Breakfast, lunch & coffee breaks September 9 & 10
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Trade Show access
  • General meeting on September 10
ENT will book your room for you, if you choose this package
FireCon 2022  - 3 day package
$565.00 + HST
 
 
 
 
  • Conference September 8, 9, & 10
  • Breakfast, lunch & coffee breaks September 8, 9, & 10
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Trade Show access
  • General meeting on September 10
FireCon 2022  - 2 day package
$400.00 + HST
 
  • Conference September 9 & 10
  • Breakfast, lunch & coffee breaks September 9 & 10
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Trade Show access
  • General meeting on September 10
FireCon Banquet, additional tickets - September 10
$85.00 + HST
  • FireCon Banquet September 10
  • Dinner, entertainment, & Awards
Ontario Fire College Candidate Testing Only
$30.00 + HST
 
  • Ontario Fire College Candidate Certification Test
  • Trade Show Pass

 

 
Track Name
 
Dates
A
Search and Rescue
2-day
Sept 9/10
B
Firefighter I Essentials
2-day
Sept 9/10
C
Live Fire Attack - FULL
2-day
Sept 9/10
D
Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue
2-day
Sept 9/10
E
Heavy Vehicle Extrication FULL
2-day
Sept 9/10
F-1
NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I 
Certification Track- REGISTRATION CLOSED
3-day
Sept 8/9/10
F-2
NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I 
Certification Track- REGISTRATION CLOSED
3-day
Sept 8/9/10
G
Livestock Safety & Extrication Program
2-day
Sept 9/10
H
Public Education & Prevention Track
2-day
Sept 9/10
I -1
NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) Certification Track - FULL
3.5-day
Sept 8/9/10/11
I -2
NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) Certification Track - FULL
3.5-day
Sept 8/9/10/11
J
NFPA 1521 Certification Track- REGISTRATION CLOSED
3-day
Sept 8/9/10
K
SP-230 Wildland Fire Strategies and Tactics
2-day
Sept 9/10
L
Leadership
2-day
Sept 9/10
M
Mobile Live Fire Training Unit Familiarization Workshop
2-day
Sept 9/10
 
For questions about FireCon courses, please contact us by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
 

 
2021/2022 Emergency North Training Board of Directors 
President
Chief
Kent Readman
Kenora
Vice President 
Chief
Graham Warburton
Atikokan
Treasurer
Deputy Chief 
David Paxton
Thunder Bay
Secretary
Chief
Jan Morrison
Schreiber
Director
Chief Sarah Shoemaker
Nolalu Emergency 
Services Team
 
Director
Chief
Scott Trach
Oxdrift
Director
Chief
Dexter Hupe
Red Lake
Past President
Captain
Todd Skene
McKenzie Clearwater

FireCon 2022 Courses 

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For questions about FireCon courses, please contact us by email kris.newton@oafc.on.ca

Please note that times/locations are subject to change.  Ensure you keep informed by providing us with your email address so you can receive the most up-to-date information on your program.  ALL breakfasts and other meals take place at the Victoria Inn, unless otherwise noted.
 
The following agenda provides an overview of the schedule at-a-glance, including associated events taking place during the event.  The full program list is below.
 
DATE
TIME
EVENT
LOCATION
Thursday, September 8
08:00-17:00
3-day courses begin 
Various locations
08:30-12:30
OFC Advisory Meeting
TBA
13:00-16:30
Fire Coordinators Meeting
TBA
16:30-17:30
OAFC PAC Meeting - Areas 9 & 10
TBA
17:00-21:00
Trade Show Open
Embassy/Regency B&C
18:00
Opening Ceremonies 
Hospitality Meet & Greet
Embassy/Regency B&C
Friday, September 9
07:30-09:30
Networking/Breakfast Reception
Embassy/Regency B&C
08:30-09:30
2-day courses begin
Various locations
12:00-21:00
Suppliers Trade Show
Embassy/Regency B&C
18:00
Vendor Networking
Cash bar, complimentary appetizers
Embassy/Regency B&C
Saturday, September 10
06:30
 
 
 
18:00
 
Breakfast
 
 
Banquet - Reception, Dinner & Entertainment
(Extra tickets available)
 
 
 
 
 
Program A – Search & Rescue 
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 0830-1700/Saturday 0800-1630
Location:  Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Max:  24   Min: 12
 
This 2-day program is for all levels of fire service personnel. The course covers personal protective equipment (PPE) and search & rescue in a controlled environment with advancement and exposure to controlled smoke and fire conditions. 
 
The importance of information gathering is highlighted, including the use of pre-plans to determine likely victim location.  Search patterns, victim stabilization and removal, safety, hazard recognition and inter-agency co-operation are emphasized.  
 
Students will perform fire ground operations by conducting incident size-up, requesting assistance, searching for, rescuing and evacuating individuals, protecting exposures, confining, controlling and extinguishing the fire, salvaging and overhauling the structure and its contents so that lives are protected and property loss and damage to the environment is minimized.
 
Student PPE Requirements:  Full turnout gear, NFPA current edition. SCBA mask and SCBA cylinders minimum 2 cylinders each. Safety toe shoes for fire ground.
 
Student pre-requisites: FIT Testing on SCBA Masks - All participants are required to provide proof of FIT testing from their fire chief.
 
Program B - Firefighter I Essentials
Dates: September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Location: Victoria Inn & Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Time: Friday 0930-1800/Saturday 0800-1700
Max:  20  Min:  14
 
Firefighter 1 Essentials is geared for the newer firefighter. Using the National Fire Protection Association 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Ontario Fire College certified instructors will guide the firefighter through a highly interactive and practical program improving the fire fighters practical skills. 
 
Day One: Introduction to Incident Management and Personal Accountability Procedures followed by a refresher on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
Students will learn the proper use, inspection and care of their SCBA and PPE, and gain great confidence in the effectiveness of the PPE for the fire ground.  The afternoon will concentrate on the Ground Ladder, NFPA Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) where instructors will work with students on proper carry and raise techniques, enhance skills for working from ladders and teach the proper methods to clean and inspect ground ladders. 
 
Day Two:  Theory of Ventilation, Fire Streams/ Fire Hose and introduction to Search and Rescue in the morning and then moving to Thunder Bays Regional Fire Training Centre, split into groups to complete the practical JPR’s for ventilation and fire streams.
For Ventilation students will learn the effectiveness of ventilation on the fire ground and will be instructed on the proper use of high-power vent fans for Positive Pressure Ventilation and the use of smoke ejectors for Negative Pressure Ventilation. Additionally, students will be instructed the critical technique of ventilating flat or pitched Roof, using Thunder Bay Fires roof ventilation prop.   Students will have the chance to work with incident command and, while wearing full PPE, safely access a roof using proper tools and cut a 5-point ventilation hole using a ventilation power saw.  Fire Stream and Hose students will learn the proper method for connecting to a fire hydrant, and the proper operation and inspection of a solid and fog stream nozzle.  
If time permits students will be given the opportunity to use Thunder Bay Fire’s indoor two-story search and rescue prop where firefighters can practice their skills for the Advanced Search and Rescue Program for FireCon 2022.   At the end of the program students will be checked off on all applicable Job Performance Requirements completed for each applicable Skill Sheet.   
 
Student PPE Requirements:  Students are to bring full turn out gear, helmet, boots, gloves and balaclava that is to the current NFPA 1971 standard and full serviceable SCBA, mask and if possible, a spare cylinder.  Cylinders must be marked with fire department information so that they can be easily identified.  FIT Testing on SCBA Masks: All participants are required to provide proof of FIT testing from their fire chief (letter confirming FIT must be within one calendar year).
 
Student pre-requisites: Using IFSTA, Essentials of Fire Fighting 6th or 7th Edition or equivalent read and be familiar with the applicable sections.
 
Training Program or Standard:
·       NFPA Fire Fighter 1001
·       PPE / SCBA Skill Sheet: 7 to 14 and 16
·       Ladders Skill Sheet: 30 to 38
·       Ventilation Skill Sheets: 39 to 42
·       Fire Hose and Fire Streams Skills Sheets:  43, 46, 47, 49, 52, 60, 61, 68, 69, 70, 71
 
Student PPE Requirements: Fully compliant NFPA 1971 edition PPE and SCBA with one-two extra bottle (air bottles must be properly marked for identification).   PPE must be cleaned prior to course. Mask fit test documentation must be submitted prior to course.
 
Program C- Live Fire Attack - FULL
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 0830-1800/Saturday 0800-1700
Location:  Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Max:  16   Min:  8
 
The two day course will address structural and vehicle fire suppression.  There will be in-class theory presentation and discussion prior to skills completion.  There will be proportionally more time spent on skills development.  Skills completion will include live fire suppression.
 
Student Pre-requisites: SCBA competence, IFSTA Chapter 17-Fire Control, or Jones and Bartlett Chapter 23–Fire Suppression, must be studied prior to the course
 
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter I & II
 
Student PPE Requirements:  SCBA, Firefighting Bunker Gear, Gloves, Balaclava, Boots, Helmet
 
Program D – Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 0930-1800/Saturday 0800-1700
Location:  Gary's Towing, Oliver Road, Thunder Bay
Max:  25   Min:  20
 
This 2-day Common Passenger Vehicle Rescue Course is designed specifically for those departments that are covering large areas and when time is critical....every second counts!
 
The students will be challenged with many scenarios - from moose strikes to off the road into rock cuts and forest, roll over pin jobs, and head-on impacts with extensive tool time.  
 
Training Program or Standard:  NFPA 1006 Compliant
 
Student pre-requisites: NFPA 1001 Fire Fighter 2 
 
Student PPE Requirements: Full PPE – bunker gear, coveralls with steel toed boots, helmets, gloves, no SCBA required.
 
Program E – Heavy Vehicle Extrication FULL
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 0930-1800/Saturday 0800-1700
Location:  Gary's Towing, Oliver Road, Thunder Bay
Max:  20   Min:  15
 
This 2-day course is designed for northern departments, specifically the challenges they face with the different types of terrain encountered and using limited resources. Students will be challenged with real-life scenarios involving heavy commercial trucks, trailers and passenger cars.  The following areas will be covered,
 
·       Large truck and trailer anatomy 
·       Advance extrication tactics
·       Stabilization 
·       Hazards
·       Resources
·       High pressure lifting bag lifts
·       Rapid extrication 
·       Patient packaging 
 
Students will be challenged with multiple scenarios with the clock running. This is a must-have course for those responding to large truck incidents. 
 
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1006 Compliant
 
Student pre-requisites: Experienced with automotive rescue and use of heavy hydraulics
 
Student PPE Requirements: Full PPE – bunker gear, coveralls with steel toed boots, helmets, gloves, no SCBA required.
 
Program F – NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level 1 (2 offerings) Certification Track - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Dates:  September 8, 9 & 10, 2022, 3-day course
Times:  Thursday 0830-1630/Friday 1000-1730/Saturday 0800-1630
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  12   Min:  8 (x2)
 
This course prepares students to deliver training effectively by analyzing and applying principles of adult education, assessing learner needs, planning lessons, and conducting evaluations. This course builds upon acquired knowledge and skills in adult learning. Particular emphasis is placed on the application of adult education principles in learning situations that involve fire department personnel, external agencies, and the public.
 
Provincial testing through AS&E with the OFMEM will be available at the conclusion of this course for students wishing to receive certification.
 
This course meets the requirements of NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Chapter 4 (Level 1) and includes both theory and practical assignments. On the last day of the course students will have the opportunity to write the NFPA 1041 certification exam.
 
Students will receive redemption codes to access the pre-course assignment six weeks before the in-class start date. Students that do not complete the pre-course work before the in-class start date will not be permitted to attend.
 
IMPORTANT Pre-course work:  This course includes reading and online assignments that must be completed prior to the event and that are time sensitive.  
 
 
All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form along with their FireCon registration no later than July 18, 2022.  *Please click download icon in on the top rght of the applicaiton for it to load.
 
Please submit application and questions on this track to:  
Tim Beebe
Instructor
Ontario Fire College
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Ministry of the Solicitor General
 
Program G – Livestock Safety & Extrication Program
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  Thursday 0830-1600/Friday 1000-1730/Saturday 0800-1630
Location:  Victoria Inn/Various FarmsThunder Bay
Max:  30   Min:  12
 
Beef Farmers of Thunder Bay are proud to present the Livestock Safety & Extrication Course at FireCon 2022.  Annually, over 3500 livestock trucks travel through Northern Ontario, across stretches of highway that are known for being high risk for transport accidents. With this training, Beef Farmers of Thunder Bay hope to make firefighters more prepared to deal with incidents involving livestock. This course will outline who to contact in the event of a livestock emergency, what to do when arriving on the scene and what to do when animals are not contained at the scene.  In addition, it will also provide basic livestock handling training and knowledge of animal behaviour.
 
Student Prerequisites: None
Student PPE Requirements: None
 
Program H - Public Education Workshop: Real World Tools to Achieve Real World Success 
Sponsored by: TC Energy
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 0900-1800/Saturday 0800-1730
Location:  Victoria Inn & Conference Centre
Max:  25   Min:  15
 
This workshop will examine two successful public education campaigns that were designed and delivered in the North. Using these as a template, students will, in groups, create their own public education campaigns, and present them to the class.
Each student will leave with at least 3 different public education campaigns that have been developed in class, ideas on how to expand on these, and the knowledge and skills to develop addition campaigns.  
 
Student Prerequisites: Please bring: a short summary of your community including, demographics, risks, building stock, and resources available. Recommended: laptop and USB thumb drive Students will be emailed instructions for how to access sharepoint prior to the start of the course. 
 
Student PPE Requirements:  N/A.
 
Program I – NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) (2 offerings) Certification Track - FULL
Dates:  September 8, 9, 10 & 11 
Times:  Thursday/Friday/Saturday  830-1700/ Sunday 8:00-1:00
Location:  Thunder Bay Training Centre
Max:  10  Min:  6 (x2)
 
The Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump course meets the knowledge and Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) established by the NFPA 1002 Standard for Fire Apparatus Driver – Operator Professional Qualifications Chapter 5, 2017 Edition. It offers a mix of classroom-based sessions, online self-directed learning, as well as practicums. Upon successful completion of this course, each student will understand and be able to demonstrate the operation of a fire department pumper from both a static and pressurized source of water.
 
Provincial testing through the AS&E Unit with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management will be conducted at the conclusion of the course. Students that successfully complete the testing will receive certification.
 
Required text: IFSTA Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator  3rd Edition for both the preclass work and the classroom.
 
Students will receive redemption codes to access the pre-course assignment six weeks before the in-class start date. Students that do not complete the pre-course work before the in-class start date will not be permitted to attend.
 
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1002 Chapter 5
Student Prerequisites: 
  • Member of an Ontario Municipal fire department
  • Students seeking IFSAC certification to NFPA 1002 will be required to show a valid DZ license
  • Students without a valid DZ license may take the training and will be eligible for the Ontario seal for NFPA 1002 
‚ÄčStudent PPE Requirements: Full turnout recommended depending on weather. Helmets, gloves, hard-toe boots, eye protection, are mandatory.
 
IMPORTANT Pre-course work:  This course includes reading and online assignments that must be completed prior to the event and that are time sensitive.   
 
 
All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form along with their FireCon registration no later than July 18, 2022. *Please click download icon in on the top rght of the applicaiton for it to load.
 
Please submit application and questions on this track to:  
Tim Beebe
Instructor
Ontario Fire College
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Ministry of the Solicitor General
 
Program J – NFPA 1521 Certification Track - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Dates:  September 8, 9 & 10, 2022, 3-day course
Times:  Thursday 8:30-4:30/Friday 8:30-4:30/Saturday 830-4:30
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  20  Min:  10
 
This course meets the knowledge and skill requisites established by NFPA 1521: Standard for Fire Department Safety Officer Professional Qualifications, Chapter 5, 2015 Edition. This 3-day course examines the role of the incident safety officer (ISO) at any situation requiring an emergency response and will define their operation within the incident command system. The student will be able to evaluate and prioritize risks while using critical thinking to analyze and mitigate hazards. Students will learn to select the most appropriate control measure to ensure the effectiveness of emergency response and enhance firefighter safety.
 
The program will cover the role of the safety officer including, safety, regulations, and standards, and reading buildings, smoke, risk, hazardous energy, and firefighters. The course also examines triggers and traps, developing a systematic approach, and ISO responsibilities at structure fires, wildland fires, as well as technical and post-incident responsibilities. This training will allow the students to identify incident action options in a risk-based response. Supplemental scenario-based training will also allow students to apply what they have learned.
 
Provincial testing through AS&E with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management will be conducted at the conclusion of the in-class sessions. To receive certification, students must also complete and submit their skills sign-off sheets to AS&E.
 
Students are required to bring paper, a pen or pencil, a USB memory stick, and if possible, a laptop or tablet.
 
Required Text: Jones and Bartlett, Fire Department Incident Safety Officer, 3rd Edition
 
Students will receive redemption codes to access the pre-course assignment six weeks before the in-class start date. Students that do not complete the pre-course work before the in-class start date will not be permitted to attend.
 
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer
Student Prerequisites: Student Pre-requisites:  NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I
Student PPE Requirements: None
 
IMPORTANT Pre-course Work:  This course includes reading and online assignments that must be completed prior to the event and that are time sensitive.  
 
 
All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form along with their FireCon registration no later than July 18, 2022.  *Please click download icon in on the top rght of the applicaiton for it to load.
 
Please submit application and questions on this track to:  
Tim Beebe
Instructor
Ontario Fire College
Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
Ministry of the Solicitor General
 
Program K – SP-230 Wildland Fire Strategies and Tactics
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 0900-1530/Saturday 0830-1400
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max: 24   Min:  14
 
This course outlines the response responsibilities and how they differ between fire departments and MNRF regarding wildland fires. Proper understanding of protocol will assist in a safe and successful coordinated response as we are seeing more interagency responses throughout the Region.
An important part of any multijurisdictional response is maintaining situational awareness on scene and promoting effective communication with all the responding agencies within agreements under the Municipal Forest Fire Agreement, the First Nation Forest Fire Management Agreement or the Northern Fire Protection Agreement. The training is the next level to the SP-103 and will be very useful for higher level commanders and possible future commanders.
 
Training Program or Standard: None
Student Prerequisites: None
Student PPE Requirements: None
 
Program L– Leadership
Sponsored by: VFIS
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 1000-1600 / Saturday 0800-1600
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  75   Min:  10
 
The FireCon Leadership program is designed for chief fire officers (or upcoming officers), by providing updates on provincial topics, a leadership keynote speakers, professional development and resources to assist in managing your fire service. 
 
The FireCon 2022 Leadership program includes a keynote presentation, updates from the OFMEM and OAFC, and other presentations to be announced. 
 
Student Prerequisites: None
Student PPE Requirements: None
 
Program M – Mobile Live Fire Training Unit Familiarization Workshop & XVR Simulation
Dates:  September 9 & 10, 2022, 2-day course
Times:  8:30am-4:30pm
Location:  Thunder Bay Traing Centre
Max:  16   Min:  12
 
This 2 day program is designed for Training Officer’s, Instructors, and anyone interested in the MLFTU's capabilities. The course will familiarize students with a number of NFPA 1001 JPR’s that the MLFTU is capable of providing live, hands on experience with.
 
This course will provide the students with the information and experience to bring back valuable teaching points to their home departments. Having experienced the MLFTU as a student you will be able to deliver quality training to the members of your own department.
 
Students will spend 1 day learing the MLFTU capabilites, and the other day learning XVR Simulation, Incident command training tool for safety and security.   Participants learn how to design a scenario, how to train, and how to evaluate. 
  • Setting up an XVR Simulation exercise
  • Training and exercise design and delivery 
  • Training and exercising for emergency management 
 

FireCon 2022 Leadership Program

Sponsored by:
 

The FireCon Leadership program is designed for chief fire officers (or upcoming officers), by providing updates on provincial topics, leadership speakers, professional development, and resources to assist you in managing your fire service. 
 
The FireCon Leadership program includes a keynote presentation, updates from the OFMEM and OAFC, and other presentations on topics of interest to fire service leaders.
 
September 9, 2022
Time
Presentation
Speaker
07:30am-09:30am
Trade Show Breakfast
Trade Show Breakfast
10:00am-10:30am
Opening Remarks
Kent Readman, President Emergency North Training
10:30am-12:00pm
Keynote Address: Leading Change Risk Control for mid-level managers
Tim Boel, Education Specialist, VFIS Education & Training
12:00pm-1:00pm
Lunch/Trade Show
Lunch/Trade Show
1:00pm-2:00pm
OFM Update
Tim Beckett, Deputy Fire Marshal, Province of Ontario & John McBeth,  Director, Training, Certification and Public Education at Office of the Fire Marshal
2:00pm-2:15pm
Networking Break
Networking Break
2:15pm-4:00pm
Understanding YOUR Fire Department Panel
Moderator: Chief Jason Whiteley, North Bay Fire, OAFC Vice President
 
Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, Mississauga Fire, OAFC President
 
Chief Robert Popovic, Sioux Lookout
 
Tawyna Roberts, OFM
 
Chief Tony Van Dam, Georgian Bay Fire 
4:00pm-9:00pm
Trade Show
Trade Show
September 10, 2022
Time
Presentation
Speaker
6:30am-8:00am
Breakfast, Victoria Inn
Breakfast
8:00am-10:00am

Training Programs – Tools to develop training and staying compliant 

Moderator: Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, Mississauga Fire, OAFC President
 
Chief Dexter Hupe, Red Lake Fire
 
Chief Chad Brown, Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue
 
Chief Jan Morrison, Schreiber Fire 
 
John Snider, OFM
 
Chief Sean Horan, Oliver Paipoonge 
10:00am-10:15am
Networking Break
Networking Break
10:15am-10:45am
Boots on The Ground
Sharon Bak
10:45am-12:00pm
Supporting Mental Health in YOUR Fire Department
Moderator: Chief Kent Readman, Kenora Fire/ENT President
 
Liz Godin, Health & Safety Coordinator
 
John Snider, OFM
 
Sharon Bak, Boots on the Ground
 
Kathryn E. Sinden R.Kin., PhD, Lakehead University
 
Regan Bolduc, First Class Firefighter, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue 
12:00pm-1:00pm
Lunch
Lunch
1:00pm-2:30pm
New & Aspiring Chiefs/Officers Panel Discussion Pt 1
Moderator: Chief Dexter Hupe, Red Lake Fire
 
Chief Kent Readman, Kenora Fire/ENT President
 
Chief Scott Trach, Oxdrift
 
Chief Dale Ashbee, Neebing Fire Department
 
Chief Blair Arthur, Shuniah Fire & Emergency Services
 
Deputy Chief Todd Burkart, Pellatt United Firefighters
2:30pm-2:45pm
Networking Break
Networking Break
2:45pm-4:00pm
New & Aspiring Chiefs/Officers Panel Discussion Pt 2
Chief Dexter Hupe, Red Lake Fire
 
Chief Kent Readman, Kenora Fire/ENT President
 
Chief Scott Trach, Oxdrift
 
Chief Dale Ashbee, Neebing Fire Department
 
Chief Blair Arthur, Shuniah Fire & Emergency Services
 
Deputy Chief Todd Burkart, Pellatt United Firefighters
6:00pm
Reception/Banquet
Banquet
 
Speakers & Presentation Overviews 
 

Tim Boel, Education Specialist, VFIS Education & Training
Tim is an Education Specialist for VFIS Education and Training, a subsidiary of Glatfelter Insurance Group. His responsibilities include Coordination and delivery of education and training programs, curriculum development and information analysis in the state of New York. Tim is a member of many emergency service organizations including NYSAFC, FASNY, Rensselaer County Association of Fire Chiefs, and NFPA to name a few. He also served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and committee member of the NYS Association of Fire Chief’s Public Education Committee.
Tim recently retired from a long career as a 911 Supervisor for East Greenbush Police Department, having served for 35 years. He is also a 40-year veteran of East Greenbush Fire Department in upstate New York, having held the offices of Past Chief, President and Commissioner. Tim has instructed, throughout the Northeast, a number of emergency command, management live fire and risk interdiction programs at various levels for police, fire and EMS.
 
Presentation Overview: Leading Change, RiskI Control for Mid-Level Managers 
This program is designed to re-introduce the emergency services Chiefs, Company Officers and those that will be the leaders of tomorrow to understand risk control and how it plays an integral part in safety as well as overall operations. This program addresses Risk Management, Risk Control Techniques, Roles and Responsibilities and Risk Control Pitfalls. The program includes a review of actual case studies covering various risks involving vehicles, medical malpractice, employment practices, and more. Throughout the program we will focus on the significance of well written and enforced policies and procedures, equal and equitable enforcement of policies, training, education, and documentation. The goal of the program is to emphasize the importance of each individual position and the role you play in the creation and operation of a safety culture within your organization.
 

Sharon Bak, Boots on the Ground
Sharon holds a diploma in Social Service Work and spent twenty years supporting individuals with various special needs and their families.  She is an avid volunteer and has held leadership positions with many community organizations including the Pass Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Canadian Red Cross, Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services, the Thunder Bay branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Thunder Bay Family Network, and Family Alliance Ontario.   Sharon is an Order of the Red Cross Member, a recipient of the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal (2015), and in 2021 was chosen a Champion of Mental Health by the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment.  In 2019 Sharon took on the volunteer role of Northern Operations Manager for Boots on the Ground, a 24/7 peer support service for first responders.  She spent six years employed as an Emergency Management Field Officer for Emergency Management Ontario and is currently employed with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services as a Program Officer in their Emergency Management Unit.
 
One of Sharon’s many passions is her work to promote education and awareness regarding mental illness and thereby remove the stigma and misunderstanding that often surrounds it.  For nearly forty years she has waged a personal battle to overcome the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex-PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  During her career in social services, Sharon also witnessed the effects of trauma with the many clients she supported on their paths to overcome issues such as addiction, homelessness, abuse, and violence. 
 
After decades of hiding her illness and suffering in silence, she embarked on a journey to mental wellness through a variety of means and sought out support from friends, family, and mental health services.  It was during this time that Sharon found her voice and began advocating through public speaking, writing, and education on mental illness and wellness.  Her personal and professional experiences provide valuable insight into the darkness that can come from trauma but also the resilience each of us has to pursue recovery and make positive changes.
 
 
Understanding YOUR Fire Department Panel
Presented by: Moderator: Chief Jason Whiteley, North Bay Fire, OAFC Vice President, Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, Mississauga Fire, OAFC President, Chief Robert Popovic, Sioux Lookout, Tawyna Roberts, OFM, and Chief Tony Van Dam, Georgian Bay Fire 

Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, Mississauga Fire & OAFC President
Rob has recently joined the City of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services as Deputy Chief of Training & Technology where he oversees the Professional Development & Accreditation and Communications Divisions, along with serving as the Management Co-Chair for the Joint Health & Safety Committee. Formerly Rob was the Deputy Chief of Training, Safety, & Special Operations for the City of Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service. He has been a member of the fire service for the past 26 years, the last 14 of which have been in various senior leadership positions. Prior to joining the City of Vaughan, he was the Fire Chief in the City of Dryden, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Haldimand County.  He has also served as a Firefighter with the City of Toronto. He worked as a Paramedic for 20 years and spent nine years as the Paramedic Chief in Haldimand County. He is the President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), Management Co-chair of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee and an instructor for Dalhousie University’s Fire Service Management Program.


Tawyna Roberts, OFM

Tawnya Roberts is an Operations Manager with the OFM Program Development and Analytics Unit with over 20 years experience in the fire service and community risk management practices.
 

 

 
 
Presentation Overview: 
There are 441 Fire Departments and over 30,000 firefighters that make up the Ontario Fire Service. There is a wide range of services that each department delivers including fire suppression, rescue, and emergency services to the 14.5 million residents of Ontario. Each department is unique based on their membership, apparatus, equipment, demographics, geography and many more variables. Fire service leaders are responsible to provide a safe, effective and efficient fire service in their communities and should have a broad understanding of the internal and external factors that affect their particular department.
This interactive panel will provide different perspectives from experienced fire service leaders, with lots of audience interaction and chances to ask questions.   
  
Topics that will be discussed are:
  • Understanding your Community Risk Assessment and how to apply it to your department
  • Establishing and Regulating By-laws and Levels of Service agreements
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses within your department
  • Analyzing physical assets and asset management, planning for the future
  • Assessing operations and staying current with modern tactics

Training Programs – Tools to develop training and staying compliant
Presented by: Moderator: Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, Mississauga Fire, OAFC President, Chief Dexter Hupe, Red Lake Fire, Chief Chad Brown, Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue, Chief Jan Morrison, Schreiber Fire, John Snider, OFM, and Chief Sean Horan, Oliver Paipoonge 
 
Presentation Overview:
The primary focus of a training program is to provide the highest quality education and training your members. This discussion will give you the tools to develop a firefighter training curriculum that achieves compliance with provincial standards and regulations. 
 
This interactive panel will provide different perspectives from experienced fire service leaders, with lots of audience interaction and chances to ask questions.
 
Topics that will be discussed are:
  • Recruit Training
  • Skill Maintenance Training
  • Professional Development
  • Specialized Training Programs
  • Ontario Fire College
  • Academic Standards & Evaluations

Supporting Mental Health in YOUR Fire Department
Presented by:  Moderator: Chief Kent Readman, Kenora Fire/ENT President, Liz Godin, Health & Safety Coordinator, Dryden Fire Service, John Snider, OFM, Sharon Bak, Boots on the Ground, Kathryn E. Sinden R.Kin., PhD, Lakehead University, and Regan Bolduc, First Class Firefighter, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue 
 
Presentation Overview:
Fire service leaders recognize the challenging, complex, and often stressful conditions that firefighters work under. In addition to fully supporting those firefighters who have been exposed to traumatic mental stress or diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder; the goal of this discussions is to ensure that we do everything possible to prevent critical incident stress and PTSD.
This interactive panel will provide different perspectives from experienced fire service leaders, with lots of audience interaction and chances to ask questions.
 
Topics that will be discussed are:
  • Warning signs: things to look for, how to help, and how to have those important but difficult conversations
  • Providing ongoing support to your team, including recovery & return to work support
  • Building Peer Support programs
  • Prevention & education

New & Aspiring Chiefs/Officers Panel Discussion
Presented by: Moderator: Chief Dexter Hupe, Red Lake Fire, Chief Kent Readman, Kenora Fire/ENT President, Chief Scott Trach, Oxdrift, Chief Dale Ashbee, Neebing Fire Department, Chief Blair Arthur, Shuniah Fire & Emergency Services, and Deputy Chief Todd Burkart, Pellatt United Firefighters
 
Presentation Overview:
Many firefighters are working towards that big promotion or have taken that next step and accepted a chief officer position. With more responsibilities comes more challenges and for some new chiefs this can be more than what they expected. Whether you have rose through the ranks within your department or move to a new fire service; the transition into becoming a Chief Officer has its challenges.  Now that you made it to the big chair, how do you become “one of the good ones?” The members of this panel will provide you with advice they have learned throughout their career to ensure you have the appropriate resources to be successful.
This interactive panel will provide different perspectives from experienced fire service leaders, with lots of audience interaction and chances to ask questions.
Topics that will be discussed are:
  • Top things I wish I knew before I became a chief
  • Creating a professional development plan
  • What regulates our jobs and how do I know that I am doing it right
  • Dealing with conflict and change management
  • Recruitment & Retention Strategies
  • Professional network and mentors
  • What to do during your first day, month and year
 

 
Ontario Fire College Candidate Testing available at FireCon - September 11, 2022
 
Application submissions are now closed for FireCon 2022
 
Emergency North Training (ENT), in partnership with the Ontario Fire College (OFC), is offering candidate testing at FireCon this year.  If you have successfully completed any of the OFC online courses and now require testing, you can submit an application to do the written exam at FireCon 2022.
 
Testing will be offered for the following OFC online courses:
  • NFPA 1021 Fire Officer I
  • NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector I
  • NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator I
  • NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor I
  • NFPA 1072 Hazmat Awareness 
  • NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022
 
Testing in 2022 will only take place Sunday.  Details as follows.
 
Victoria Inn - 09:00-11:00
LOCATION: Victoria Inn, Kensington Room 
TRACK: Various
PROCTOR: Tim Beebe         
No refreshments provided                                                      
                                                                                                                                    TBTC - 08:00-11:00
LOCATION: Thunder Bay Training Centre
TRACK: Pump written test and practical
PROCTOR: Martin Hynna     
No refreshments provided      
 
TBTC - 1:00-3:00
LOCATION: Thunder Bay Training Centre
TRACK: FF1 practical retest
PROCTOR: Tim Beebe
No refreshments provided      
 
 
For more information or if you have any questions, please email kris.newton@oafc.on.ca

FireCon 2022 Trade Show September 9 & 10, 2022 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay. 

 
If you are an exhibitor please visit here for more information
 
The FireCon Trade Show is Northwestern Ontario’s leading fire/rescue/EMS exhibition!  It is open to everyone in the fire and emergency services – you don’t need to attend the conference to stop by the Trade Show.
 
The FireCon Trade Show offers attendees the opportunity to receive information from company experts on new equipment, technology, products and services available to the fire service. You can find all the latest tools and equipment at the over 40 booths and fire vehicles on display. This is the perfect time for you to ask questions about the equipment you use every day with company experts.
 
The FireCon Trade Show continues to be a significant contributor to FireCon, and we truly appreciate our exhibitors continued support.
 
We encourage all those in the Northwestern Ontario fire service to come to the Trade Show, connect with exhibitors, take advantage of show specials, and network with your fire service peers! 
 
Location/Hours
 
The FireCon 2022 Trade Show is located at the Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre, Thunder Bay
 
  • Thursday, September 8, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
  • Friday, September 9, from 7:00am to 10:00am and again from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.
There are refreshments offered on the Trade Show floor both nights.
 

2022 Exhibitors 

1200 Degrees – Darch Fire
ABC Fire & Safety Equipment
Air Technology Solutions
AJ Stone
Annex Bookstore | Firehall Bookstore
A.S. Roach Fire Services Ltd.
Boots on the Ground
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
Canadian Red Cross
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc.
CN Rail
CRC Communications
Derks & FiveStar Uniforms
Draeger
Fire Marque
Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council
FireQ
Fisher's Regalia & Uniform
Fort Garry
Handy Hydrant
Keewatin Truck Service, E-One Fire Trucks
M & L Supply
Municipal Emergency Services/Code 4
Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Nova-Pro Industrial Supply Ltd.
Nuclear Waste Management
Ontario Fire College
Ontario Fire Marshal
Onspot of North America Inc.
PPE Solutions
Provident Benefits
Sani-Gear
Sea Hawk
Spectrum
SPI Health and Safety
TC Energy
TransCanada Safety
Valley Fire Protection and Services Limited
VFIS
 
 
 

 

FireCon 2022 Evening Functions

Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 18:00 – Welcome Reception 
We're back and in person for 2022.  Join us for the Welcome Reception to kick off FireCon 2022.  Join us on the Trade Show floor for appetizers and refreshments.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the deals being offered by suppliers as the Trade Show ends at 21:00. 
 
Friday, September 9, 2022 at 18:00 – Trade Show Vendor Reception
The vendors at FireCon 2022 will be hosting a reception during the Trade Show.  Join us on the Trade Show floor for appetizers and refreshments.  

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 18:00 – Banquet & Entertainment
The banquet offers guests the opportunity to relax, and share your training experience with your peers, all while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner.  After dinner, guests will enjoy entertainment and celebrate into the night with some music.  Banquet tickets are included in all FireCon 2022 registration packages. 
 
2022 Banquet Entertainment
 
The Sensational Hot Rods
 
 

2022 Award Nominations

Voting is now closed for 2022.
 
Emergency North Training (ENT) recognizes the important contributions that individuals make each and every day toward fire and public safety. They strive to be engaging and inspiring leaders, contribute to the community in which they serve, lead by example, and positively influence others. They are dedicated and proud to serve their community.
 
It is only fitting that they are celebrated for their commitment, contributions, and going above and beyond. Being recognized also motivates future generations to work hard towards improving and enhancing fire and public safety.
 
ENT invites you to identify worthy candidates who inspire others, demonstrate initiative and innovation, and make a difference.  The 2022 Awards Ceremony will take place at the FireCon banquet . The deadline for submissions is August 17, 2022.  Please ensure you submit your nomination before the deadline. 
 
Click on the links below to learn more about our various awards, their criteria, and application processes and deadlines. If you know someone who is deserving of an award, please nominate them by completing and submitting the online application.
 
 
For questions regarding the awards, contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
 
 

The Pat Bourguignon Northern Fire Chief Leadership Award

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) along with Emergency North Training (ENT) is inviting people to submit nominations for the Pat Bourguignon Northern Fire Chief Leadership Award.   Pat Bourguignon spent 34 years in Ontario’s fire service rising through the ranks to become Chief of the Schreiber Fire Department.  An exceptional leader who never backed down from a challenge, Pat was respected by all for his dedication to fire and life safety, his passion for his community, friends and family, his sense of humor, and fierce loyalty. In 2018, Pat’s life was tragically cut short while attending the 2018 OAFC Conference and Trade Show.
 
A Pat Bourguignon Northern Fire Chief Leadership Award nominee must be a Chief Fire Officer from Northern Ontario (municipal, NFPP, or First Nation) whose fire department falls within the geographical boundaries of OAFC PAC Zones 7, 8, 9, and 10. 
 
This nominee should exemplify one or more of the following criteria:
  • Demonstrates exceptional leadership, commitment, and inspires those around them
  • Commits to integrity, honesty, and hard work that is evident in results
  • Exhibits that wearing the uniform is an honour and a genuine responsibility
  • Has made a difference in the Ontario fire service
  • Introduces new programs, services, and training regimes to increase public and firefighter safety
  • Promotes firefighters, their successes, safety, and contributes to the betterment of their community
  • Experienced in organizing local fire prevention and fire and life safety campaigns
  • Advocates on issues specific to fire service delivery in Northern Ontario
Additional Factors and Criteria Considered:
  • The nominee must be a Chief Fire Officer from Northern Ontario (municipal, NFPP, or First Nation)
  • Self-nominations are not permitted.
  • This award is based on the merit of received submissions, therefore the award may not be given out each year.
You are encouraged to submit supporting documentation with your nomination. An accurate, persuasive, and well-documented justification that provides examples of how the nominee meets one or more of the above attributes and/or criteria is an essential part of the nomination and selection processes. Each nomination will be considered independently based upon its own merit.
 
As this award is based on the merit of received submissions, the award may not be given out each year.  If you know someone who is deserving of this award, please complete the nomination form below.
 
The 2022 Awards Ceremony will take place at FireCon at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The recipient will be recognized again at the OAFC Conference & Trade Show in May 2023.  The deadline for submissions is August 17, 2022.  Please ensure you submit your nomination before the deadline.
 
 

Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award

Emergency North Training Incorporated, a not for profit corporation with the objectives of developing and delivering educational programs and services for the fire and emergency services in northwestern Ontario provides recognition of exemplary service to fire service training in the northwest through the Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award.
 
The Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award recognizes individuals and groups who through their actions, have provided exemplary effort to improve the fire and emergency services in northwestern Ontario.
 
The award is named after the late Charlie Turgeon who dedicated his time and resources to improving the training level of fire and emergency service members.
 
Not more than one award will be made in any one year from the nominations received.
 

Nomination Process

Who is eligible?
  • The award is given to individuals, and groups such as organizations and associations.
  • Nominees must be involved directly or in a support manner of the fire and emergency services in northwestern Ontario.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • Posthumous awards will be considered.
How do I nominate someone?
You can nominate someone by completing and submitting the online form below.  Submitting through the online form is the fastest way to complete your nomination.
 
If you prefer, written nominations (250 words) may be forwarded to Emergency North Training by email.
 
Each Nomination must include:
  • A completed Nomination signed by the Nominator.
  • A detailed description of the reason(s) why your nominee should receive the award. Content may include; a description of the reason(s) you feel the nominee should receive the award including; history and background, why you think the nominee has shown exemplary service, when the nominee action(s) occurred and how you know the nominee and are familiar with their activities.
  • Letters of support from other individuals (2) who have direct knowledge of the value and impact of the nominees are encouraged.
  • Contact information including address, telephone and email of the nominee, the nominator and any supporting individuals are required for follow up during nomination review.
When is the Deadline?
Nominations can be made at any time during the year and will be accepted up to end of day on August 17, 2022. 
 
How are recipients selected?
A Selection Committee (3 members) appointed by the Board of Emergency North Training Inc. reviews applications received by the deadline and makes recommendations to the ENT Board regarding the award.
 
When will the award be presented?
The Charlie Turgeon Award will be presented in September during the annual FireCon event.
 
You are encouraged to submit supporting documentation with your nomination. An accurate, persuasive, and well-documented justification that provides examples of how the nominee meets one or more of the above attributes and/or criteria is an essential part of the nomination and selection processes. Each nomination will be considered independently based upon its own merit.
 
As this award is based on the merit of received submissions, the award may not be given out each year.  If you know someone who is deserving of this award, please complete the nomination form below.
 
The 2022 Awards Ceremony will take place at FireCon at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Please ensure you submit your nomination before the deadline.
 
 
If you prefer to prepare a written nomination instead of completing the online form, please forward by the deadline, addressed to "Emergency North Training Committee, Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award Nomination" to:
 
 
It is up to each nominator to follow up with ENT to ensure we have received your submission.
 

FireCon 2022 Merchandise

The FireCon store is now closed for purchases before the show.  Merchandise will be available during the trade show for purchases onsite.
 
Purchase your FireCon merchandise when you register for the conference and pick up at the Victoria Inn the day of the event.
 
To pre-order merchandise visit the FireCon store https://firecon.itemorder.com/shop/home/
 
Please note, many of these items may not be available at FireCon for purchase.  Pre-order so you don't miss out on special designs and sizing.
 
 

FireCon 2022 Host Hotel & Accommodations

NOTE: For 2022 we are experiencing shortages at the host hotel.  Host hotel accommodations are very limited.  We have 3 overflow hotels to accommodate this.  Shuttles will be provided during any scheduled events from the overflow hotels to the Victoria Inn.   
 
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre - SOLD OUT
Location: 555 West Arthur Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Tel: 807-577-8481
 
The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre offers 15,000 square feet of convention space, specialty suites, an indoor pool, 3 storey high water slide, hot tub, and on-site dining. The Victoria Inn Thunder Bay is ideally located within walking distance of a large (national chain) grocery store, banking facilities, and only minutes away by vehicle from all that Thunder Bay has to offer.
 
Victoria Inn Thunder Bay rooms are furnished to exceed your expectations offering all the comforts of home. Our 110% Clean Guarantee promises, your guest room will be 100% clean or your room is free for the first night of your stay and you will receive a 10% savings on your next stay.
 
182 guest rooms amenities include pillow-top mattresses, premium bedding with cotton linens and down duvet, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, work desks, 37” LCD televisions with premium cable channels, hair dryers and ironing boards with irons. Microwaves available upon request. As a guest of our hotel, you will also have access to our complimentary wired and wireless internet services. Take advantage of our indoor pool with three-story waterslide, wading pool and hot tub.
 
2022 Room Rates* note these rooms will be allocated to the delagtes that choose the all inclusive package on a first come first serve basis
Standard Room - $145.00 + tax
Junior King - $151.00 + tax
Poolside - $151.00 + tax
Jacuzzi/Family Suite - $185.00 + tax
 
Check-in time is 3pm. Check out time is 11am.
 
All reservations must be guaranteed to a major credit card.   The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre will try to honour requests, but they do not guarantee them. This includes room types, room #, rooms all together, floor, early check-ins and late check-outs.
 

Alternative Accommodations

Comfort Inn 
Location:  660 W. Arthur St., Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 5R8
Tel: (807) 475-3155
Website 
 
The Comfort Inn® hotel is conveniently located at the junction of highways 11/17 and West Arthur Street 1 km south of the TransCanada Highway, providing easy access to Arthur Street Marketplace, Thunder Bay International Airport, Confederation College and Lakehead University.  Tastefully appointed guest rooms come complete with fridges, microwaves, 32-inch LCD plasma televisions, coffee makers and ironing equipment. Non-smoking and handicap accessible rooms are available. Business-class rooms cater to the needs of corporate travellers with enhanced amenities including a spacious desk with ergonomic executive chair.  Complimentary hot breakfast in our spacious breakfast room, free parking and Complimentary Wi-Fi is also included.  The Comfort Inn is steps from the Victoria Inn. 
 
Check-in:  3pm Check-out:  11:00am
 
Room Rates: 
 
1 Queen, non-smoking - $145 + Tax
 
Reservation Information - reserve by calling the Comfort Inn and asking for the FireCon group rate
 
Best Western Thunder Bay Crossroads
Location: 655 Arthurs St W, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E5R6
Tel: (807) 577-4241
Website 
 
Check-in:  3pm Check-out:  11:00am
 
Room Rates: 
 
1 Queen, non-smoking - Coming Soon
 
Reservation Information - reserve by calling the Comfort Inn and asking for the FireCon group rate or online https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.66007.html?groupId=2S2HC9H9 
 
Valhalla Hotel & Conference Centre SOLD OUT
Location: 1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay Ontario  P7E 6J1
Tel: (807) 577-1121 
Website 
 
Check-in:  3pm Check-out:  11:00am
 
Room Rates: 
 
1 Queen, non-smoking - $149.00 + tax
 
Reservation Information - reserve by calling the Comfort Inn and asking for the FireCon group rate
 

FireCon 2022 Shuttles

 

FireCon 2022 Partners & Sponsors 

FireCon would not be possible without the support and contributions of the following organizations.  

On behalf of the Emergency North Training Board of Directors, staff and delegates, thank you for your continued support! 

 

FireCon Supporter
Leadership Program
Sponsor
FireCon Supporter
Live Stock Extrication Sponsor Friday Coffee Break Sponsor FireCon Supporter
Lanyard Sponsor
Track Sponsor
Public Education Workshop: Real World Tools to Achieve Real World Success
Program Sponsor
Program Sponsor Charlie Turgeon Award Sponsor Program Sponsor
Conference Lunch
Friday
Delegate Bag Sponsor Courtesy Van Sponsor

Emergency North Training (ENT) Inc. 2022/2023 Board of Directors Elections and Annual General Meeting

 
Emergency North Training (ENT) Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated entity with the objective of delivering educational programs and services for members of the public and persons who respond to emergencies in northwestern Ontario. For the past 33 years, ENT, staffed with volunteers, has offered critical regional training for firefighters and emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories, and First Nations.  The main training forum, held each September, is known as FireCon.
 
Emergency North Training will be hosting their Annual General Meeting virtually on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 7:00pm.  Meeting details and information will be provided soon. In addition, the Board of Directors Elections will be facilitated online. 
 
 

Agenda

Welcome & Opening Remarks
President, ENT, Chief Kent Readman
Meeting Minutes from 2021
President, ENT, Chief Kent Readman
Treasurer Report
Treasurer, Deputy Chief David Paxton
FireCon 2022 Update
President, ENT, Chief Kent Readman
New Business
President, ENT, Chief Kent Readman
Election Announcement
Chief Elections Officer
Adjournment and Closing Remarks
President, ENT, Kent Readman
 
The online ballot for the 2022-23 Emergency North Training Board of Directors elections opens August 23, 2022
 

 

About Emergency North Training

Emergency North Training (ENT) Inc. is a not-for-profit, incorporated entity with the objective of delivering educational programs and services for members of the public and persons who respond to emergencies in northwestern Ontario. For the past 30 years, ENT, staffed with volunteers, has offered critical regional training for firefighters and emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories, and First Nations.  The main training forum, held each September, is known as FireCon.
 
ENT recognizes that municipal budgets in northwestern Ontario are under significant pressure to reduce costs and spending. With that said, the training offered at FireCon, on a per-student basis, is the best opportunity for first responders to receive affordable training to a recognized standard. Training delivered at FireCon is up to standards acceptable to Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), and Ministry of Labour.
 
Without the collaboration and partnership with the OFMEM, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and our corporate sponsors, Emergency North Training and FireCon would not be possible.
 
Our training packages include lunch, continental breakfast, refreshments, and access to our Trade Show - where attendees have the opportunity to see the latest technology and products available today in the fire service. On Saturday evening, attendees gather at our annual banquet, which provides an opportunity to network with peers, have a delicious meal and enjoy some light entertainment.
 
Emergency North Training considers it a privilege to be a service to our membership and the Ontario fire service.  We pride ourselves in delivering training that is affordable, accessible, and attainable. FireCon offers a great place to network, exchange ideas, and knowledge, meet new people and hear news from afar.
 
It is the rendezvous for the fire and emergency service in northwestern Ontario!

 

2021/2022 Emergency North Training Board of Directors 

President
Chief
Kent Readman
Kenora
Vice President 
Chief
Graham Warburton
Atikokan
Treasurer
Deputy Chief 
David Paxton
Thunder Bay
Secretary
Chief
Jan Morrison
Schreiber
Director
Chief Sarah Shoemaker
Nolalu Emergency 
Services Team
 
Director
Chief
Scott Trach
Oxdrift
Director
Training Officer
Dexter Hupe
Dryden Fire Service
Past President
Captain
Todd Skene
McKenzie Clearwater

FireCon Photos

 

To review and download photos from previous events, click on the image below or visit our Flickr photo page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/96578349@N02/albums/72157701284227265
 

 

 

FireCon 2022 Contacts

For questions regarding event logistics, sponsorship opportunities, course information and NFPP information please contact:
 
Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager