News release

For Immediate Release                                                           
May 8, 2020


EMERGENCY NORTH TRAINING BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANCELS FIRECON 2020 IN LIGHT OF THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC
 
Longbow Lake, ON:  After careful consultation with our stakeholders, the Emergency North Training (ENT) Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel FireCon 2020, its annual training forum, which had been scheduled to take place in Thunder Bay from September 10 to 12. 

This decision was based on the most recent consultation, advice and recommendations from both the federal and provincial governments, as well as monitoring the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation evolving both in Ontario and around the world. 

"The health and safety of our delegates, instructors, speakers, guests, and staff is ENT’s priority," stated Chief Warren Brinkman, ENT President. "Despite the event still being more than 12 weeks away, ENT is exercising an abundance of caution. Given the uncertainty, we need to do the right thing now—this means cancelling an event that brings together more than 300 people from across northern Ontario, and beyond." 

ENT fully understands that many fire service personnel attend the annual training forum to fulfil their continuing education and training requirements to ensure they have the skills and expertise to provide emergency services in the communities they serve. In addition, we host organizations from all over Canada that exhibit in a trade show, providing access to all the new tools, technologies and lifesaving equipment available in today’s fire and emergency services.  While the Board is extremely disappointed, the safety of our first responders and supporting organizations is paramount.

As one of the best opportunities in northwestern Ontario for first responders to receive affordable training to a recognized standard, and as an important networking event for all emergency service providers and organizations, ENT recognizes the importance of this training, and that many will be disappointed by this news. ENT strongly feels this is the correct decision given the current information we have during these unprecedented times.
 
Chief Brinkman stated he would be remiss to not recognize the people and organizations that support the event year-after-year. “I would like to thank the instructors, committee, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, and those from Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs for their continued support and investment in FireCon”. “I look forward to working with everyone on our 2021 event, so we can continue to offer valuable training, learning and networking opportunities to emergency first responders in northwestern Ontario”.
 
This cancellation also includes the ENT Annual General Meeting (AGM). The ENT Board are in discussions with respect to rescheduling and/or alternative virtual solutions for the AGM. In addition, the Board along with our partners, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, are already making plans for the 2021 event, which takes place in Thunder Bay, September 9-11, 2021. The Board will provide further updates on the AGM and plans for 2021 in the coming months.

 
About Emergency North Training
 
Emergency North Training Inc. (ENT) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization with the objective of developing and delivering educational programs and services for persons who respond to emergencies in northwestern Ontario.  Staffed by volunteers, ENT provides critical training for emergency first responders for municipalities, unincorporated territories and First Nations through our annual training forum held each September - FireCon.
 
Emergency North Training prides itself in delivering training that is affordable, accessible and attainable.  Programs offered at FireCon, on a per student basis, is one of the best opportunities for first responders to receive training to a recognized standard. For more information on FireCon, visit our website at
www.firecon.ca

Contact: Chief Warren Brinkman, President, Emergency North Training
wbrinkman@bell.net
  807-467-7573 
 

FireCon 2021 September 9-11, 2021 Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay
NEW LOCATION for 2021

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 Registration Information & Rates

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
 

2020 Emergency North Training Board of Directors

President
Chief
Warren Brinkman
Longbow Lake

 
Vice President 
Chief
Todd Skene
Kenora
 
Treasurer
Deputy Chief 
David Paxton
Thunder Bay
Secretary
Chief 
Joshua Colling
Rainy District, Alberton,
Chapple, Emo & La Vallee
Director
Chief
Walter Scarrow
Red Lake
 
Director
Deputy Chief
Kent Readman
Dryden
 
Director
Chief
Jan Morrison
Schreiber
 
 

FireCon 2021 Courses 

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.
 

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

FireCon 2021 Leadership Program

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.
 
 

FireCon 2021 Host Hotel & Accommodations

Valhalla Inn, Thunder Bay
 
Location: 1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7E 6J1
Tel: 1-800-964-1121
Websitehttps://valhallainn.com/
 
With rustic Scandinavian-inspired architecture, The Valhalla Inn is both the largest full-service hotel in Northwestern Ontario and its most unique.
 
The Valhalla Inn is perfectly situated for anyone traveling to Thunder Bay. Located just minutes away from the Thunder Bay International Airport, and near to some of the city’s main attractions, the Valhalla Inn suits every traveler’s needs.
 
With a wide array of accommodations ranging from executive suites to family rooms to pet-friendly rooms, one of our 265 rooms will be perfect for what you need.
 
With the warmest northern hospitality, the staff of the Valhalla Inn welcomes you!
 
Check-in time is 3pm. Check out time is 11am.
 
All reservations must be guaranteed to a major credit card. The Valhalla Inn 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
 
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, which allows it to provide 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 free Wi-Fi is also included. 
 
Check-in: 3pm Check-out: 11:00am
 

FireCon 2021 Trade Show

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 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 2021 Trade Show is located at the Valhalla Inn Thunder Bay, on Thursday, September 9, from 5pm to 9pm and Friday, September 10, from 7am to 10am and again from 4pm to 9pm.
 
There are refreshments offered on the Trade Show floor both nights.

Previous Exhibitors 

Exhibitor Name
ABC Fire & Safety Equipment Ltd.
Air Technology Solutions
AJ Stone Co. Ltd.
A.S. Roach Fire Services Ltd.
Biernat Fire - Feu Inc.
Boots on the Ground
Canadian National Railway
Canadian Red Cross/221
Canadian Safety Equipment Inc.
Code4 Fire & Rescue Inc.
Commercial Emergency Equipment Co.
CRC Communications
Dependable Emergency Services
Draeger Safety Canada Ltd.
Emergmart Response Systems, Inc.
FireHall Bookstore
Fort Garry Fire Trucks Ltd.
GovDeals Canada
M & L Supply Fire & Safety
Muscular Dystrophy Canada
Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Onspot Automatic Tire Chains
PPE Solutions Inc.
PRO Upfitters Ltd.
Provident Agency
Rescom Sales Inc.
ResQtech Systems Inc.
Safetek Emergency Vechicles Ltd.
Sani-Gear Fire
Sea Hawk Specialized Truck Service
Small Motor Service/Aspen Fuels
Spectrum Telecom Group Ltd.
SPI Health and Safety
TC Energy
Transport Canada 
Valley Fire Protection and  Services Limited
VFIS
Whelen Canada
Work Authority

FireCon Partners & Sponsors - Updates Coming Soon!

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 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 2021 Evening Functions

Friday, September 10, 2021 at 17:00 – Meet & Greet Reception
The vendors at FireCon will be hosting a meet and greet reception during the Trade Show starting at 17:00.  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. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 18:00 – Banquet & Entertainment
The banquet offers guests the opportunity to relax and share your training experience with your peers while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner.  After dinner, guests will enjoy entertainment and celebrate the night with some music.  Banquet tickets are included in all FireCon registration packages. 
 

2021 Entertainment

TBA
 

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!


2020 Emergency North Training Board of Directors


President
Chief
Warren Brinkman
Longbow Lake

 

Vice President 
Chief
Todd Skene
Kenora
 
Treasurer
Deputy Chief 
David Paxton
Thunder Bay

Secretary
Chief 
Joshua Colling
Rainy District, Alberton,
Chapple, Emo & La Vallee
Director
Chief
Walter Scarrow
Red Lake
Director
Deputy Chief
Kent Readman
Dryden

Director
Chief
Jan Morrison
Schreiber
 

 
 
 

Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award

Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award
The Charlie Turgeon Exemplary Service Award recognizes individuals or groups, who through their actions, have provided exemplary effort to improve 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 of the individual or group, 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 given 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 20, 2021.
 
How are recipients selected?
A selection committee (3 members) appointed by the board of Emergency North Training Inc. reviews all 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 2020 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 230
 
For questions regarding the trade show, hotel accommodations, event logistics, sponsorship opportunities, course information, NFPP information, banquet, entertainment information, and merchandise, please contact:
Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager
Phone:  905-426-9865/1-800-774-6651, Extension 224
 
Our event team looks forward to welcoming you in Thunder Bay!