FireCon 2019 September 5-7, 2019 Victoria Inn Hotel and Conference Centre

About Fire Con

For the past 28 years, Emergency North Training (ENT), has developed critical regional training 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 northwest continue to be under significant pressure to reduce costs and spending. With that said, the courses offered at FireCon, on a per-student basis, are likely the best opportunity for your first responders to receive affordable training to a recognized standard.  As such, ENT prides itself in delivering training that is affordable, accessible and attainable. Courses offered at FireCon adheres to standards that are acceptable to the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), Emergency Management (EM), and the Ministry of Labour. 

Collaboration and partnerships with the OFM, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, and many corporate sponsors, ensure that our objective to provide regional emergency training, in particular, the staging of FireCon event, remain possible.
 
FireCon is more than just training. It is the rendezvous for the fire service in the north. In addition to the training, we host a professional trade show where attendees receive information from company experts on new equipment, technology and services. On Saturday evening, we host our annual banquet. At the banquet, attendees enjoy a delicious meal and entertainment, and have the opportunity to network with other in the fire service, expanding their fire service network. 


2019 Courses

 
Program Name
Duration
Dates
A
Search and Rescue
2-day
Sept 6 & 7
B
Firefighter I Essentials - Program is now full
2-day
Sept 6 & 7
C
Live Fire Attack - Program is now full
2-day
Sept 6 & 7
D
Rapid Auto Extrication - Program is now full
2-day
Sept 6 & 7
E
Big Rig Extrication - Program is now full
2-day
Sept 6 & 7
F
NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I - Program is now full
3-day
Sept 5, 6 & 7
G
NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator Level I
3-day
Sept 5, 6 & 7
H
NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) Program is now full
3-day
Sept 5, 6 & 7
I
Senior and Elected Officials Workshop
0.5-day
Sept 6 (1/2day)
J
Basic Incident Management System 200 (IMS 200)
1.5-day
Sept 6 (1/2day) & Sept 7
K
Blended - Senior and Elected Officials Workshop and IMS 200
2-day
Sept 6 & 7
L
SP-230 Wildland Fire Strategies and Tactics
2-day
Sept 6 & 7
M
Leadership
2-day
Sept 6 & 7
N Livestock Safety & Extrication Program 2-Day Sept 6 & 7
FireCon 2019 will be held at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre from September 5-7, 2019.  This year, we will be offering three NFPA certification courses. Nowhere will you find this level of training and networking, at such a low cost. Included in the two and three-day registration fee is your course/ networking, continental breakfast on Friday and Saturday, lunch and refreshments, the trade show meet and greet reception, vendor reception and the Saturday evening banquet.
 
Visit our 2019 Courses page to view all programs being offered at FireCon 2019. Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations. This information can be found on the Host Hotel Accommodations page. We encourage everyone attending the event and in the fire service in northwestern Ontario to visit the FireCon Trade Show and see all the new products and services available in the fire service. The Trade Show exhibitors continue to be a significant contributor to FireCon.  Our Board and planning committee are grateful for their support.  Visit the Trade Show page for more information.


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FireCon 2019 Partners & Sponsors

FireCon 2019 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 Night Network Reception Supporter FireCon Supporter
Lanyard Sponsor Netowrking Breakfast Sponsor Program Sponsor
Program Sponsor Charlie Turgeon Award Sponsor Program Sponsor
   
Courtesy Van Sponsor  



FireCon 2019 Registration Information & Rates

**Website registration has now been closed.  Please see onsite registration if you have any questions.**

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. The Board is committed to re-investing any profits made from the event into the program the following year. 

Over the years, the Board has subsidized the registration rate, unbeknownst to our delegates. Registration rate increases have been minimal, even though costs to run our programs increase every year. To better reflect the value of FireCon, the ENT Board has decided to show you the actual conference fee, as well as showing the subsidy we provide every year by offering a discount on each registration. 

The registration form will now show a "2019 ENT 2-DAY PROGRAM DISCOUNT ($20) and a "2019 ENT 3-DAY PROGRAM DISCOUNT ($30)" - depending on whether you choose a 2 or 3-day program.  

The ENT Board works tirelessly each year to keep costs down in an ever-increasing market. Thanks to the success of FireCon 2018 and our supporters, we can continue to offer a discount and will continue to do so upon continued success of this event. 

Each 2019 registration package includes Trade Show meet and greet/ vendor reception, networking, continental breakfast Friday and Saturday, lunch, refreshments and a ticket to the annual banquet on Saturday evening.  

2-day courses are $305, less the ENT $20 discount ($285 + HST) and 3-day courses are $350, less the $30 ENT discount ($320 + HST).  Delegates are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodations.  Attendees are required to check in at registration to pick up their registration package. Banquet tickets can be purchased for $60 plus HST.

For questions about FireCon 2019 courses, please contact us at 905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651 or by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
 

2019 Emergency North Training Board of Directors

President
Chief
Warren Brinkman
Longbow Lake

 
Vice President 
Chief
Todd Skene
Kenora
 
Treasurer
Chief 
John Hay
Thunder Bay
Secretary
Chief
Joshua Colling
Rainy District, Alberton,
Chapple, Emo & La Vallee
Director
Chief
Walter Scarrow
Red Lake
Director
Fire Protection Adviser
Timothy Irish
OFMEM
Director
Chief
Jan Morrison
Schreiber
 
 
 

FireCon 2019 Courses

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. Visit http://eepurl.com/dCav6P to subscribe to our email list.
 
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 5
08:00-17:00
3-day courses begin 
Various locations
08:30-12:30
OFC Advisory Meeting
Kensington
13:00-16:30
Fire Coordinators Meeting
Kensington
16:30-17:30
OAFC PAC Meeting - Areas 9 & 10
Kensington
17:00-21:00
Trade Show Open
Embassy/Regency B&C
18:00
Trade Show Meet & Greet Reception
Embassy/Regency B&C
Friday, September 6
08:00-10:00
Networking/Breakfast at the Trade Show
Embassy/Regency B&C
10:00-17:00
2-day courses begin
Various locations
16:00-21:00
Trade Show Open
Embassy/Regency B&C
18:00
Networking Reception
Embassy/Regency B&C
Saturday, September 7
7:00 - 7:30
Annual General meeting 

Regency A
 
18:00
Banquet - Reception, Dinner & Entertainment
(Extra tickets available)
Embassy/Regency B&C
Program A – Search & Rescue 
Dates:  September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 1000-1700/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 a fire, salvaging and overhauling a structure and its contents so that lives are protected, and property loss/damage to the environment is minimized.
 
Program B - Firefighter I Essentials Program is now full
Dates: September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Location: Victoria Inn & Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Time: Friday 1000-1800/Saturday 0800-1700
Max:  16  Min:  10
 
Firefighter 1 Essentials is geared for the newer firefighter. Using the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Ontario Fire College certified instructors will guide the firefighter through a highly interactive and practical program improving firefighters 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 PPE for the fire ground.  The afternoon will concentrate on ground ladders, 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 will be reviewed in the morning, and then we will move to Thunder Bays Regional Fire Training Centre and split into groups to complete the practical JPR’s for ventilation and fire streams. For ventilationstudents 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 the 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 five 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 the indoor two-story search and rescue prop where firefighters can practice their skills for the advanced search and rescue program for FireCon 2020. 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) prior to the course.

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
Program C- Live Fire Attack - Program is now full
Dates:  September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 1000-1800/Saturday 0800-1700
Location:  Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Max:  16   Min:  8
 
This two-day course will address structural and vehicle fire suppression.  There will be in-class theory 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:  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 identifiedFIT 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) prior to the course.

Program D – Rapid Auto Extrication Program is now full
Dates:  September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 1000-1800/Saturday 0800-1700
Location:  Gary’s Towing, 1805 Oliver road, Thunder Bay
Max:  25   Min:  20
 
This 2-day Rapid Extrication 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; off road into rock cuts and forest; roll over pin jobs; and head-on impacts. Students will also have extensive tool use. The course includes training in the following areas:
 
  • New car technology, including hybrids 
  • Quick stabilization
  • Rapid extrication
  • Resources
  • Lifting bag operations
  • 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 build confidence. 
Training Program or Standard:  NFPA 1006 Compliant

Student pre-requisites: n/a
 
Student PPE Requirements: Full PPE – bunker gear, coveralls with steel toed boots, helmets, gloves, no SCBA required.
 
Program E – Big Rig Extrication Program is now full
Dates:  September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 1000-1800/Saturday 0800-1700
Location:  Cozy’s Towing, 1460 Rosslyn Road, Thunder Bay
Max:  20   Min:  15
 
This 2-day course is designed for northern departments, specifically the challenges faced with different types of terrain, 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-attend course for those responding to large truck incidents. 
 
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1006 Compliant
Student pre-requisites: Basic Auto Extrication
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 1Program is now full
Dates:  September 5, 6 & 7, 2019, 3-day course
Times:  Thursday 0830-1630/Friday 1000-1730/Saturday 0800-1630
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  12   Min:  8
 
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.
 
IMPORTANT Pre-course Work:  This course includes reading and online assignments that must be completed prior to the event and that are time sensitive.  As soon as you have registered, you will be required to contact the OFC regarding the pre-course work that is required, and to be setup in the online classroom environment.  Due to limited number of spots for this course, we will take a waiting list should we have a cancellation.  Those on the waiting list will be required to do the pre-course work; however, may not get into the course itself.  
 

All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form along with their FireCon registration.

NFPA 1041 INSTR 1 Blended-19-3 F Application Form FireCon.pdf

Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1041 Fire Instructor Level 1
 
Student Pre-requisites:  This course is offered as a blended course, following the Ontario Fire College Curriculum for NFPA 1041.  Students are required to complete significant pre-course reading and assignments.
Students must contact Tim Beebe tim.beebe@ontario.ca for access to online pre-course material.  Student must also bring a copy of IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor 8th Edition
 
Program G – NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator Level I
Dates:  September 5, 6 & 7, 2019, 3-day course
Times:  Thursday 0830-1600/Friday 1000-1730/Saturday 0800-1630
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  20   Min:  10
 
This course is designed to address learning characteristics of various audiences and provide the skills necessary to deliver and co-ordinate existing fire and life safety education programs. The course reviews fire behaviour, human behavior during fire, educational methodology and basic fire protection systems and devices, and will emphasize scheduling of fire and life safety activities, identifying community partners, recognizing and mitigating potential hazards, presentation skills and adapting lesson plans to the needs of the audience.

Required Text: IFSTA Fire and Life Safety Educator, 3rd Edition. An Ontario Fire College application is required for each student.
 
Training Program or Standard: Chapter 5 of the NFPA 1035 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire and Life Safety Educator, Public Information officer, and Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist – 2015 Edition.

Student Pre-requisites:  NFPA 1035 Fire and Life Safety Educator Level I

(Note: required text: IFSTA Fire and Life Safety Educator, 3rd Edition)

All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form along with their FireCon registration.

NFPA 1035 FLSE 1-19-21 F Application Form FireCon.pdf

Program H - NFPA 1002 Apparatus Equipped with a Fire Pump (Chapter 5) Program is now full

Dates:  September 5, 6, 7, 2019, 3-day course
Times:  Thursday 0800-1800/Friday 1000-1800/Saturday 0800-1730
Location:  Thunder Bay Fire Rescue Regional Training Centre
Max:  12   Min:  8
 
This course will cover the job performance requirements that shall be met under NFPA 1002 Chapter 5, 2014 Edition. 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 Academic Standards and Evaluation (AS & E) with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) will be available at the conclusion of the course for students wishing to receive certification.
 
Training Program or Standard: NFPA 1002 Chapter 5

Student Prerequisites: Proof of a valid DZ Licence must be presented to the Instructor at the commencement of the class. Students that fail to provide the proper documentation will not be eligible to participate. This will be a blended offering of the course, which means that students will be required to complete significant pre-course reading and online assignments. Students must contact Tim Beebe tim.beebe@ontario.ca for access to online pre-course material.

Required text: IFSTA Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, 3rd Edition. Students will need the text for the pre-class assignment and for the review on Day 1.

Student PPE Requirements:  Full turnout recommended depending on weather. Helmets, gloves, hard-toe boots and eye protection are mandatory.
 
IMPORTANT Pre-Course Work & Material: This course includes mandatory reading and online assignments that must be completed prior to the event and are time sensitive.  As soon as you have registered, you will be required to contact the OFC regarding the pre-course work that is mandatory, and be setup in the online classroom environment.  Due to limited number of spots for this course, we will take a waiting list should we have a cancellation.  Those on the waiting list will be required to do the pre-course work, however, may not get into the course itself.  
 

All students are required to complete the OFC Course Application Form along with their FireCon registration.

NFPA 1002 Pump Op Blended-19-3 F Application Form FireCon.pdf

Program I – Senior and Elected Officials Workshop
Dates: September 6, 2019, ½ day course
Times: 0930-1330
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max: 20  Min: 10
This workshop will provide an overview of Ontario’s legislated requirements for a Municipal Emergency Management Program.  It will provide participants with knowledge to discuss personal preparedness with staff and review procedures for declaring an emergency.  Participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive discussion with peers and emergency management staff at the local and provincial levels as part of the learning/networking process.  Although it is targeted to senior and elected officials, community control group members, provincial Ministry control group members, department heads or those tasked with a senior role during an emergency, anyone with an interest in learning more about emergency management in Ontario is encouraged to attend.
 
Student Prerequisites: None
 
Program J – Basic Incident Management System 200 (IMS 200)
Dates:  September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 13:00-1630/Saturday 0830-1630
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  24  Min:  10
 
This course is designed for individuals potentially involved in implementing IMS at simple incidents or during the early phases of a complex incident. Participants will solidify their knowledge of core principles and concepts of incident management functions and organizations. This course will provide opportunities to learn how to command a simple incident and will receive an introduction to incident action plan. Participants will familiarize themselves with incident facilities, resource management and the management of communication.

Training Program or Standard: IMS 200

Student Prerequisites: Introduction to Incident Management System (IMS 100 course online)
 
Program K – Blended:  Senior and Elected Officials Workshop and IMS 200
This is a blended Program that includes I (1/2 day) and J (1.5days) combined.
 
Program L – SP-230 Wildland Fire Strategies and Tactics
Dates:  September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 1000-1530/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 the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) regarding wildland fires. Proper understanding of protocol will assist in a safe and successful coordinated response as there is an increase in 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. This 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: SP-230 Wildland Fire Strategies and Tactics
Student Prerequisites: None
 
Program M– Leadership
Dates:  September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Times:  Friday 10:00 - 18:00 & Saturday 08:30 - 17:00
Location:  Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Max:  75   Min:  10

Sponsored by VFIS

 
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 in managing your fire service. 
 
The FireCon 2019 Leadership program includes a keynote presentation, updates from the OFMEM and OAFC, and presentations from CN/CP Rail on Day One. Day Two includes a full day, interactive workshop led by the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers, as outlined below.
 
Part One: Developing Department Specific Training Plans that can be NFPA compliant
This session will equip anyone who is responsible for training in developing a department specific training plan that fits your department’s daily and seasonal response needs with the manpower you have available. We will also show you how to conduct training evolutions that can be NFPA compliant, and includes preparation for NFPA certification. Additional free training resources will be provided.
 
Part Two: Volunteer & Composite Department Training Required To Achieve NFPA 1001 Certification
The fire service in Ontario is being challenged today more than ever before, and some of the biggest issues are being placed upon the training division. Mandatory Certification is no longer being discussed in back rooms or around the coffee table. This presentation will hopefully give you some direction on how to make adjustments to the training you are already doing in obtaining certifcation. The ultimate goal is to position your department and have it ready to meet whatever gets put in front of us and to make sure we prepare our people to help serve their respective communities to the best of their abilities.
 
Instructors: 
 
Brent Thomas is the Acting Fire Chief of the Orillia Fire Department, primarily responsible for training and emergency management.  He also provides mental health training via  The Working Minds of First Responder to Ontario fire departments and The Working Minds training to city and workplace staff through the Mental Health Commission of Canada.  Brent also serves as the president of the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers (OAFTO). He is a member of several committees and working groups in the Province including the OAFC Education and Training Committee. Brent is also a member of the OFD Honour Guard.
 
Paul Calleja has spent 14 years in the fire service with the past 6 years as the Training/Suppression Captain for the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department. Over his time as training officer he has worked at length with the other departments within the District of Muskoka to develop a unified recruit training program that focuses on bringing new members to full NFPA 1001 Level II certification. Paul also trains and instructs within the province on topics such as RIT/Firefighter Survival, Building Construction and Fire Behaviour.
 
Program N – Livestock Safety & Extrication Program
Dates:  September 6 & 7, 2019, 2-day course
Times: Friday 10:00 - 17:00 & Saturday 0800 -17:00

Location:  Murillo Fairgrounds

Max:  30   Min:  12
Student PPE Requirements: Coveralls, hardhat, gloves and steel toe boots
 
Beef Farmers of Thunder Bay are proud to present the Livestock Safety & Extrication Course at FireCon 2019. 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. This course will be held at a local farm where participants will have live training, handling animals. 
 

For questions about FireCon 2019 courses, please contact us at 905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651 or by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca

FireCon 2019 Leadership Program

Sponsored by VFIS

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 in managing your fire service. 
 
The FireCon 2019 Leadership program includes a keynote presentation, updates from the OFMEM and OAFC, and presentations from CN/CP Rail on Day One. Day Two includes a full day, interactive workshop led by the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers, as outlined below.
 

Agenda – DRAFT

Friday, September 6, 2019
0800-1000
Breakfast and Networking at the Trade Show
Sponsored by TC Energy 
1000
Welcome-Introductions
1015
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Presented by Douglas Browne, Deputy Fire Marshal, Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
1115
Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, Presented by Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin, President, Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
1215
Lunch
1300
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 
Leading the Rural Fire Department
Presented by Daniel B. C. Gardiner 
Sponsored by VFIS
1400
Safely and Effectively Responding to a Rail Incident Involving Dangerous Goods Presented by Steven Santelli, Senior Dangerous Goods Officer, Canadian National Railway
1500
Coffee Break
1515
Safely and Effectively Responding to a Rail Incident Involving Dangerous Goods Continued…
16:30
Announcements
17:00
Trade Show Open
18:00
Networking Reception
Sponsored by CN Rail 

Saturday, September 7, 2019
0700-0800
Breakfast
0830
Part One Workshop: Developing Department Specific Training Plans that can be NFPA compliant, Presented by Chief Reno Levesque (Port Hope) and Secretary Training Officer Paul Calleja (Huntsville), OAFTO
1030
Coffee Break
1045
Part One Workshop continued…
1230
Lunch
1330
Part Two Workshop: Volunteer & Composite Department Training Required To Achieve NFPA 1001 Certification, Presented by Chief Reno Levesque (Port Hope) and Secretary Training Officer Paul Calleja (Huntsville), OAFTO
1530
Coffee Break
1545
Part Two Workshop continued…
1630
Program ends.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Keynote Presentation:

Leading the Rural Fire Department        

Presented by Daniel B. C. (Boone) Gardiner
Sponsored by VFIS


This session focuses on decision making skills for all levels of rural fire department leadership when faced with various emergency incidents. It will be an interactive session, requiring attendees to participate in making decisions likely to arise at an emergency scene.  Real scenarios are used, and authentic solutions are discussed.
 
Underfunded and understaffed rural fire departments face many obstacles before they are called out to an emergency or crisis situation.  Preparation is the best tool in your arsenal to overcome these obstacles and those additional obstacles you will encounter at complex emergency incidents.  The session is designed to share best practices, and those in attendance will greatly benefit from this unique learning experience.  There will be no “war stories”, but there will be a sharing of experiences, both good and bad, as well as some strategic and tactical rules of thumb.  Long held myths will be dispelled, and replaced with factual strategies & tactics.

Daniel B. C. (Boone) Gardiner, is the retired Chief of Fairfield (CT) Fire-Rescue, a 91-career and 40-volunteer combination fire department.  After 30 years with the fire department, Boone spent 11-years as a risk analyst for the insurance subsidiary of the General Electric Company and Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services (VFIS).  Boone has trained fire departments nationwide for Task Force 1, Inc. (TF1), one of the nation’s premier fire service training organizations.
 
He is past president of Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) and the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).  He was a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) for 25-years and served on the CFPS Board of Directors for 20-years. 
 
Boone is a Nationally Certified Fire Officer I and Fire Instructor II.  He served as member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees: Standard for Providing Fire and Emergency Services to the Public (NFPA 1201), Recommended Practice in Fire and Emergency Services Organization Risk Management (NFPA 1250), and Standard on Professional Qualifications for Fire Officers (NFPA 1021).
 
Boone teaches and lectures throughout North America, and continues to conduct municipal and fire protection assessments in a variety of states nationwide.  He has served on a number of review panels (boards) and provided testimony before fire commissions, boards of inquiry and study panels.
 
Chief Gardiner edited the book Managing Fire Department Operations, and co-authored the bestselling text, Fire Protection in the 21st Century. He is a contributing author in a number of technical texts, including Managing Volunteer and Combination Emergency Service Organizations.

CN/CP Rail Track
Presented by Stevin Santelli, Senior Dangerous Goods Officer, Canadian National Railway
 
CN and CP Dangerous Goods Officers will present together on how to safely and effectively respond to a rail incident involving dangerous goods. We will discuss real derailments and how the railways work with the public and private sector responders to remedy an incident together. 
Following the presentations, participants will go outside to see the CN Training, CP Fire and GFL Emergency Response Trailers.

Steven Santelli is a Senior Dangerous Goods Officer for Canadian National Railway, based in Winnipeg, as well manages the Dangerous Goods Officers in the Western Provinces. Steven is mandated with three core responsibilities at CN; 1) outreach activities along CN’s corridor to teach communities and first responders how to safely and effectively respond to a train incident, 2) respond to rail incidents involving dangerous goods, and 3) ensure regulatory compliance of the movement of dangerous goods by rail. Steven started his haz-mat emergency response career in 2007 as a contractor in BC for all modes of transportation, and then accepted a job with CN in 2011 as a Dangerous Goods Officer.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Part One: Developing Department Specific Training Plans that can be NFPA compliant

This session will equip anyone who is responsible for training in developing a department specific training plan that fits your department’s daily and seasonal response needs with the manpower you have available. We will also show you how to conduct training evolutions that can be NFPA compliant, and includes preparation for NFPA certification. Additional free training resources will be provided.
 
Part Two: Volunteer & Composite Department Training Required To Achieve NFPA 1001 Certification
The fire service in Ontario is being challenged today more than ever before, and some of the biggest issues are being placed upon the training division. Mandatory Certification is no longer being discussed in back rooms or around the coffee table. This presentation will hopefully give you some direction on how to make adjustments to the training you are already doing in obtaining certification. The ultimate goal is to position your department and have it ready to meet whatever gets put in front of us and to make sure we prepare our people to help serve their respective communities to the best of their abilities.
 

Instructors: 

Reno Levesque is a fifteen year veteran of the fire service, he began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Wasaga Beach Fire Department.  Reno was hired as a career firefighter with Wasaga beach, moved up through the ranks to acting captain before taking a position with the Georgina Fire Department as its Training Officer in 2014.  In 2017 Reno was appointed Deputy Fire Chief for the Municipality of Port Hope. Through his commitment to professional development and continuing education, he has successfully completed the Fire Service Leadership Program offered through Dalhousie University as well as the NFPA 1021 Fire Officer’s levels III and IV.  Reno is currently the 1st VP for the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers (OAFTO) and sits on the OAFC Training and Education Committee.

 
Paul Calleja has spent 14 years in the fire service with the past 6 years as the Training/Suppression Captain for the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department. Over his time as training officer he has worked at length with the other departments within the District of Muskoka to develop a unified recruit training program that focuses on bringing new members to full NFPA 1001 Level II certification. Paul also trains and instructs within the province on topics such as RIT/Firefighter Survival, Building Construction and Fire Behaviour.

 
 

FireCon 2019 Host Hotel & Accommodations

Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre 
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Location: 555 West Arthur Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Tel: 1-800-387-3331
http://thunderbay.vicinn.com/default-en.html

The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre is a premier accommodation in Thunder Bay offering deluxe guestrooms, which has everything you’ll need for your visit. 
 
The Victoria Inn Thunder Bay offers a relaxing place to unwind. Corporate or leisure travelers, sports teams or conference guests, will be pleased with our full service accommodation. Guest rooms are furnished to exceed your expectations. In addition, the hotel offers poolside rooms, kid’s theme suites, three-storey waterslide, and on-site dining.  Rooms are furnished to exceed your expectations offering all the comforts of home. Their 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.
 
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.
 
The Victoria Inn Thunder Bay offers 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 the hotel, you will also have access to complimentary wired and wireless internet services. Take advantage of their indoor pool with three-story waterslide, wading pool and hot tub.
 
2019 Room Rates
Standard Room - $145.00
Junior King - $151.00
Poolside - $151.00
Jacuzzi/Family Suite - $185.00
 
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.
 

Additional Accommodations

Comfort Inn 
Location:  660 W. Arthur St., Thunder Bay, Ontario P7E 5R8
Tel: (807) 475-3816
Website http://www.choicehotels.ca/
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This Comfort Inn hotel is conveniently located at the junction of highways 11/17 and West Arthur Street, one kilometre 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, free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi is also included. 
 
The Comfort Inn is steps from the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre. 
 
Check-in:  3pm Check-out:  11:00am
 
Room Rates: 
 
1 Queen, non-smoking - $115.00-$125.00
Premium Guest Rooms  $149 double/ $165 king Room
 

Reservation Information

To reserve your room, call (807) 475-3155 and Quote Group ID FireCon. Please note the room rate expires on August 14, 2019  
 

FireCon 2019 Trade Show

If you are an exhibitor please visit here for more information

The FireCon 2019 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 in 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 2019 Trade Show is located at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, in the Embassy/Regency Ballrooms, on Thursday, September 5 from 5pm to 9pm and Friday, September 6 from 8am to 10am and again from 4pm to 9pm.

There are refreshments offered on the Trade Show floor both nights.

 

2019 Exhibitors 

 

Exhibitor Name Booth #

ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Ltd.

20, 11,1, 2, OS4

Air Technology Solutions
32
AJ Stone Co. Ltd. 21, 22
A.S. Roach Fire Services Ltd. OS6
Biernat Fire - Feu Inc. 48
Boots on the Ground 43
Canadian National Railway OS7
Canadian Red Cross/221 TT-01
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc. 31, 26
Code4 Fire & Rescue Inc. 15, 7
Commercial Emergency Equipment Co. 33
CRC Communications 4
Dependable Emergency Services 10, OS2, OS3
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd. 14
Emergmart Response Systems, Inc. 30
FireHall Bookstore 18
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd. 5, OS1
GovDeals Canada 17
M & L Supply Fire & Safety 36, 37, 45
Muscular Dystrophy Canada 6
Nuclear Waste Management Organization 34
Onspot Automatic Tire Chains 3
PPE Solutions Inc. 16, 24
PRO Upfitters Ltd. 42
Provident Agency 25
Rescom Sales Inc. 12
ResQtech Systems Inc. 38, 35
Safetek Emergency Vechicles Ltd. 23
Sani-Gear Fire 40
Sea Hawk Specialized Truck Service 8,9, OS5
Small Motor Service/Aspen Fuels 47
Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd. 27
SPI Health and Safety 13
TC Energy 41
Transport Canada  46
Valley Fire Protection and  Services Limited 28, 29
VFIS 19
Whelen Canada 44
Work Authority 39

FireCon 2019 Partners & Sponsors

FireCon 2019 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 Night Network Reception Supporter FireCon Supporter
Lanyard Sponsor Netowrking Breakfast Sponsor Program Sponsor
Program Sponsor Charlie Turgeon Award Sponsor Program Sponsor
   
Courtesy Van Sponsor  

 

FireCon 2019 Evening Functions

Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 18:00 - Meet & Greet Reception

Join us at the Trade Show as we officially welcome attendees and exhibitors to FireCon 2019!  Visit with suppliers and take advantage of special offers specifically for FireCon.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers and refreshments.   A great way to kick off the event by networking with those in the fire service!
 

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 17:00 – Reception

The vendors at FireCon 2019 will be hosting a reception during the Trade Show starting at 18:00.  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 Night Reception Sponsored by CN Rail
 

Saturday, September 7, 2019 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 2019 registration packages. 
 
Additional tickets can be purchased for $60.00 plus HST each, however you must purchase your tickets no later than Friday, September 6, 2019.  Tickets are available through our website or you can purchase onsite at the registration desk.


2019 Entertainment

Coming soon
 

 

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 25 years, ENT, staffed with volunteers, 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 your first responders to receive affordable training to a recognized standard. Training delivered at FireCon is to standards that are acceptable to the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM), and the Ministry of Labour.
 
Without the collaboration and partnerships with the OFMEM, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and our many 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 of 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!


2019 Emergency North Training Board of Directors

President
Chief
Warren Brinkman
Longbow Lake

 
Vice President 
Chief
Todd Skene
Kenora
 
Treasurer
Chief 
John Hay
Thunder Bay
Secretary
Chief
Joshua Colling
Rainy District, Alberton,
Chapple, Emo & La Vallee
Director
Chief
Walter Scarrow
Red Lake
Director
Fire Protection Adviser
Timothy Irish
OFMEM
Director
Chief
Jan Morrison
Schreiber
 
 
 

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.

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. 

Charlie Turgeon Online Nomination Form 
If you prefer, written nominations (250 words) may be forwarded to Emergency North Training by; email, fax, or mail.

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.
  • Not more than one award will be made in any one year from the nominations received.

When is the Deadline?

Nominations can be made at any time during the year and will be accepted up to end of day August 16, 2019.
 

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.

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 2019 Contacts

The FireCon event and customer service team are available to assist you with any questions you may have. We want to ensure your stay with us is seamless, valuable and enjoyable.
 
Below, you will find a detailed list of contacts to help you get your question.
 
For registration inquiries and general course information, please contact:
Laura Aivaliotis, FireCon Registrar
Phone:  905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651, Extension 224 Email: laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca
 
For general event and registration information, or questions about our website or how to register online, please contact:
Alex Kearns, Events Assistant
Phone:  905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651, Extension 226
Email:  alexandra.kearns@oafc.on.ca
 
For questions regarding the trade show, hotel accommodations, event logistics, course information, NFPP information, banquet and entertainment information and merchandise, please contact:
Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager
Phone:  905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651, Extension 224
 
For questions about sponsorship and business development opportunities for those wishing to support this valuable training event, please contact: 
Michelle O'Hara, Executive Director
Phone:  905-426-9865 /1-800-774-6651, Extension 222
 
Our event team looks forward to welcoming you in Thunder Bay!