Northeastern Fire Education Conference and Trade Show - Attendees


2020 Information Coming Soon!


2019 Conference Location and Accommodations


1235 Deerhurst Drive, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada P1H 2E8

Ontario's Destination Resort & Conference Centre
Fronting Peninsula Lake, just south of North Bay, Deerhurst Resort offers 760 acres of truly inspiring breakout space. Featuring invigorating four-season outdoor recreation and team building, spa relaxation, renowned cuisine and breathtaking event space, it’s easy to see why Deerhurst Resort is known as such a special place. 
Deerhurst Resort offers a wide array of contemporary guest accommodations to suit your needs. All feature contemporary amenities that encourage work and relaxation, such as complimentary Wi-Fi, and comfortable beds crowned with feather duvets. Awaken to gleaming lake views from our lakeside guest rooms. Step out onto balconies from main building rooms and feel rejuvenated by the Muskoka air. Gather with colleagues around the fireplace in newly renovated Junior one-bedroom suites, re-imagined by HGTV Canada's "Designer Guys.” Our luxurious condos are ideal for guests that seek more space in which to entertain clients or connect with friends.

Resort Map

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Room Types

Please note: Elevator access is available in the Pavilion and Bayshore buildings only. Summit Lodges and condos have stair access only.  Check in time is 4:00pm and check out time is 11:00am. 
There is a 6% Resort Fee (RF) on all accommodations.  A one-nights deposit is required to reserve.
Lakeside Guest Rooms:  Newly renovated rooms located at the beach. These rooms feature two queen beds, mini fridge, sitting area, and stunning view of the lake. 5 min walk to the Main Building.  Shuttle available to/from the main building.
Pavilion Room 2 Queen: Main building with two queen beds, mini fridge, television, desk, safe, internet, radio, cd player and most with balcony or terrace.  Main Building Guest Rooms & Suites (10-minute walk to lake) Be in the center of it all in these cozy guest accommodations, located in the Pavilion. 
Summit Lodge Suite King: 1 Bedroom Suite, recently renovated with 1 king bed.  Suites feature living room, stand-up shower, fireplace, kitchenette and a balcony. Please note there is no elevator access.  There is a common room in the centre of all Summit Lodges offering a great place to gather and network. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.
Summit Lodge Suite Double:  1 Bedroom Suite, recently renovated with 2 double beds.  Suites feature living room, stand-up shower, fireplace, kitchenette and a balcony.  Please note there is no elevator access.  There is a common room in the centre of all Summit Lodges offering a great place to gather and network. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.
2 Bedroom Condo:  Newly renovated includes 1 king bed in master bedroom, 2 queen beds in second bedroom, separate living room with fireplace and DVD player, kitchen with full size appliances.  Each room has its own bathroom. Shuttle available to/from the main building. Can accommodate 3-4 people. Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests. 
Greens 3 Bedroom Condo: Our newly renovated condo features a golf course view, 1 king bed in the master bedroom, 2 queen beds in the second bedroom and 1 queen bed in the third bedroom. Living room with fireplace, DVD player and kitchen. Located 3 minutes from main building and 5 minutes from lake.  Each room has it's own bathroom. Sleeps 4-6.  Housekeeping is included for NEFEC guests.

Amenities and Activities at Deerhurst Resort

Whatever activities you seek – from summertime splashing in the lake, winter sports or off-road adventures – with all 760 acres offered, your Ontario getaway at Deerhurst Resort is guaranteed to be unforgettable. Enjoy everything from exceptional golf, boating, Treetop Trekking and horseback riding in summer to skiing, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and skating in winter. The sheer scope of activities and things to do right on our property is unmatched by any other Ontario resort. In addition, be sure to explore our local Town of Huntsville with its Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery and unique shops, just minutes away.
Muskoka was named as one of National Geographic’s “100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life” in 2013.
Activities/amenities include:
  • Deerhurst Resort features an indoor swimming pool with a whirlpool and children’s wading pool, plus two seasonal outdoor pools located throughout the property.
  • An indoor rock climbing wall provides a challenge for all ages with different degrees of difficulty. Test your strength and reach for the top!
  • Indoor games room fun! The lively indoor games room will make you feel like you have crossed into another world. Play these entertaining carnival style games and collect enough tickets to win the big prize! Open daily year-round. No advance booking required.
  • Visit the stables at Deerhurst and take part in one of their many activities. Enjoy a guided trail ride on horseback. For ages 10+; no experience necessary. Available daily except Wednesdays.
  • Discover the joys of maple syrup right here in Muskoka. From maple inspired menus and sugar shacks to the Muskoka Maple Festival, everything maple is right here. Yum!
  • Pick up a hiking map and explore the countryside around the resort. Hit the trails and head up to Lookout Point for a magical view of the resort or try the NEW sanctuary trail.
Amba Spa
Set in beautiful Muskoka, the hotel spa provides an intimate and private setting for your wellness escape.
Experience the place where harmony and relaxation not only meet, but work in tandem to help you achieve complete and total well-being. With a selection of soothing body treatments, massage therapy, facials, manicures and pedicures you can enhance your stay with a treatment package custom designed just for you. 
The full service spa offers guests amenities designed to indulge the five senses. This 8,000 sq. ft. oasis of wellness and relaxation features six full-body treatment rooms, five pedicure and three manicure stations, intimate couple’s massage room, steam room, swimming pool and whirlpool.
Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday 9am – 6pm | Friday & Saturday 9am – 8pm
Book an appointment by calling: 1-800-461-4393 | 705-789-7113 ext. 4488


Thank you for attending NEFEC 2019!
Please find our 2019 Draft Agenda Below - 2020 Information Coming Soon!
Thursday, March 28, 2019
3pm - 8pm
Registration Open
Activity Desk
Welcome Pub Night
Maple Pub

Friday, March 29, 2019
6am to 9pm
Activity Desk
Hot Buffet Breakfast
Daily Announcement
Master of Ceremonies
Waterhouse Ballroom
Opening Ceremonies
Master of Ceremonies & Special Guests
Waterhouse Ballroom
KEYNOTE: In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy
Dr. David Griffin
Sponsored by VFIS
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break
KEYNOTE: In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy
Dr. David Griffin
Sponsored by VFIS
Waterhouse Ballroom
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal
Ontario Fire Marshal
Waterhouse Ballroom
Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Chief Cynthia Ross-Tustin, President
Waterhouse Ballroom
"Put Me in Coach, I Can CHANGE": Being the Coach Your Crew Needs as the Fire Service Evolves
Chief Vince Mackenzie, Grand Falls Windsor Fire Department
Waterhouse Ballroom
 Coffee Break Sponsored by Drager
Waterhouse Foyer
Personality to Professionalism Chief Vince Mackenzie, Grand Falls Windsor Fire Department
Waterhouse Ballroom
PAC 7 Meeting
Waterhouse Ballroom
4pm to 9pm
Trade Show
Legacy Hall
5pm to 9pm
Trade Show Networking Reception
Legacy Hall

Saturday, March 30, 2019
6:30am to 5pm
Registration & Merchandise
Activity Desk
Hot Buffet Breakfast
8am Exhibitor Breakfast Peninsula
Trade Show Opens
Legacy Hall
Daily Announcement
Master of Ceremonies
Waterhouse Ballroom
Practical Decontamination
Chief Jason Whiteley, North Bay Fire and Emergency Services
Waterhouse Ballroom
Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival Study: Part 1
Sean Decrane, Manager Industry Relations, UL LLC
Waterhouse Ballroom
Coffee Break at the Trade Show Sponsored by 
Inservus Management
Legacy Hall
Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival Study: Part 2
Sean Decrane, Manager Industry Relations, UL LLC
Waterhouse Ballroom
Marihuana Grow Operations and Clandestine Drug Lab Hazards Dale L. Moore, OFMEM
Waterhouse Ballroom
Banquet Reception
Banquet followed by Entertainment
Sunday, March 31, 2019
7am to 12pm
Registration & Merchandise
Activity Desk
Hot Buffet Breakfast
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Workshop Brian McBain, Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative ULC and Ryan Betts, Manager, Public Safety Education Section, OFMEM
Waterhouse 1
8am Advanced Rapid Response Extrication Jason Defosse, Instructor, Code4 Fire & Rescue Waterhouse 2
8am Fire Safety Enforcement Workshop:
Part One: POA Part 1 Tickets
Part Two: Hoarding
Tawnya Roberts, Program Specialist, OFMEM Waterhouse 3
8am Leadership: Bringing Your Fire Service Leadership to the Next Level: Plotting Your Successful Fire Service Experience Chife Vince McKenzie, Grand Falls Windsor Fire Department Waterhouse 4
8am Training Officers Workshop:
Part One: Developing Department Specific Training Plans That Can Be NFPA Compliant
Part Two: Volunteer & Composite Department Training Required to Achieve NFPA 1001 Certification
President Assistant Chief Brent Thomas (Orillia), 1st Vice President Deputy Chief Reno Levesque (Port Hope) and Secretary Training Officer Paul Calleja (Huntsville), OAFTO Waterhouse 5
10am Coffee Break
Workshop’s resume
Waterhouse Ballrooms
For questions about the conference or Deerhurst Resort, please contact Michelle O'Hara at 905-426-9865 x222 or by email to

2019 Speaker, Presentations & Workshop Overviews - 2020 Information Coming Soon!

In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy
Presented by Dr. David Griffin
Sponsored by VFIS

In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy, is based off of the best-selling book with the identical name, which includes doctoral research that will help all organizations, whether public, private, for-profit, or non-profit to determine whether organizational change is needed in their respective organization.  Students are taken on an emotional ride from the dark days of fighting fire in Charleston, SC, where nine firefighters perished in the line of duty, to today where the organization is now a national model for change. All organizations need to learn the lessons from Charleston to ensure that they do not experience this type of tragic incident. This course utilizes never before seen video footage from June 18, 2007, as well as the radio traffic that coincides. It was developed and is presented by the first due engineer on the scene of  this multiple line of duty death incident.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe The City of Charleston Fire Department pre and post June 18, 2007.
  • Discuss the findings of The Routley Report regarding the investigation of the Sofa Super Store Fire.
  • Discuss the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s report on the Sofa Super Store Fire.
  • Describe the methodology utilized and the results of the scientific study entitled “In Honor of the Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy”.
  • Discuss organizational changes following a multiple line of duty death incident, and how these changes can be instituted in the student’s respective organization to ensure this type of tragedy does not occur again.
Dr. David Griffin is a Battalion Chief and Deputy Director of Training in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the operator of the first due engine on June 18, 2007 when nine of his fellow firefighters perished in the line of duty. He has a Bachelor of Science in education from The Citadel, a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development. He is the author of the Best Seller, In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy, ACTION: 9 Missions for Personal and Professional Growth, and From PTSD to PTG: A Firefighter’s (My) Journey After A Multiple LODD Incident. David is also an international speaker and instructor, a certified Chief Training Officer and Chief Fire Officer with The Center for Public Safety Excellence, is currently completing the Executive Fire Officer Program at The National Fire Academy, and owner of On A Mission, LLC at

Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management
A/Fire Marshal, Chief of Emergency Management
Jon Pegg is the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management for the Province of Ontario.
Jon joined the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) in July 2018 as Chief, Emergency Management and in February 2019 was appointed as Ontario’s Fire Marshal.
Prior to OFMEM, Jon worked for the Town of Innisfil, where he was Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator. As Fire Chief, he supported the development of a Council-adopted Fire Master Plan, and led the suppression, training and prevention divisions.  His career in fire services spanned more than 20 years, starting as a volunteer firefighter in Keswick with Georgina Fire Services. He later worked with Richmond Hill Fire Services (Fire Captain), Innisfil Fire (Deputy Chief) and Georgina Fire Services (Deputy Fire Chief).
Jon has a degree in Leadership and Administration from Dalhousie University, as well as leadership diplomas and certificates from Mohawk College and Seneca College. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Leadership and Health Safety Award from the Town of Innisfil, and in 2018 received a Fire Service Exemplary Service Award from the Province of Ontario.  
Jon’s legacy has earned him a reputation for fostering strong teams and improving relations amongst his peers and colleagues. As the Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management, Jon will lead OFMEM in enhancing and strengthening the emergency management and fire safety portfolios in Ontario.

Update from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
Presented by President Chief Cynthia Ross Tustin
Bio coming soon.

“Put Me in Coach, I Can CHANGE”:  Being the Coach Your Crew Needs as the Fire Service Evolves
Presented by Chief Vince Mackenzie, Chief in Grand Falls Windsor Fire Department

Leading volunteer and composite fire services thorough change is no easy task. Like sports, it requires a good coach behind the desk.  From local politics to limited resources and above all safety.  Fire service leadership gets increasingly challenging at times. This session will assist you to be the coach to prepare and guide your team during the big game.

Personality to Professionalism
Presented by Chief Vince Mackenzie, Chief in Grand Falls Windsor Fire Department

A successful fire department stems from leadership that understands what firefighters really want. Understanding motivations, people skills, and challenges are what make successful organizations work the best. Let’s share some insights to what your firefighters really want.

Vince Mackenzie is the full time fire chief in Grand Falls Windsor Fire Department in Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has been in the fire service for over 35 years. Vince is a past president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services and is currently the 2nd Vice president of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association and is a director on the executive board of the Canadian Association of fire chiefs.

Chief Mackenzie is a national acclaimed columnist with Fire Fighting in Canada magazine, where he co-writes the column Volunteer Vision. Vince is well known across Canada as a conference speaker and instructor for the Beyond Hoses and Helmets leadership program for fire officers.

Impact of Fire Attack Utilizing Interior and Exterior Streams on Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survival Study:

Sean DeCrane, Manager Industry Relations UL LLC

This three hour presentation will provide an overview of the research conducted at the Underwriters Laboratories Firefighter Safety Research Institute. The goal of the research is to develop and disseminate to the fire service science based knowledge on the modern fire environment.
During the presentation the instructor will summarize a series of research projects and the applicability to suppression operations. The session will culminate with an overview of the recent project studying various methods of fire attack operations including the measured impact on potential occupants within the structure. 
Sean DeCrane retired as a 25+ year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Fire. He rose through the ranks and serving in various roles including the Director of Training and Acting Chief of Operations. He retired as a Battalion Chief covering Cleveland’s Westside. Sean is currently the Manager of Industry Relations for the Underwriters Laboratories Building Life Safety, Security and Technologies Division.
Sean has been very involved in the research at Underwriters Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He serves on the UL Fire Council, is a member of the UL Fire Fighter Safety Research Institute’s Advisory Board and is currently on a number of technical panels for research and standards.
Chief DeCrane also represented the International Association of Fire Fighters in the International Code Council process and has served on the 2009, 2012, 2105 and 2018 Fire Code Developing Committee and as Chair for 2015 and 2018. Sean served on the NFPA 1 Technical Advisory Panel, NFPA Research Foundation on Tall Wood Buildings and is serving as the Chair of the fire Test Work Group for the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee.

Marihuana Grow Operations and Clandestine Drug Lab Hazards
Presented by Dale L. Moore, OFMEM

The presentation will allow participants to gain knowledge of the inherent hazards associated with marihuana grow operations and clandestine drug labs. The participants will learn what to look for during size up of an incident and how to identify indicators that they may be dealing with a possible marihuana grow operation or an illicit drug lab. The presentation will provide the participants with the steps to take if they encounter one of these operations to ensure the safety of their firefighters. The presentation will also demonstrate the additional serious hazards to avoid including booby traps and other dangers for First Responders.

Dale Moore is an Instructor with the Canadian Police College, the Ontario Fire College, and the Ontario Police College.  He provides specialized support to the Police Service’s Drug Enforcement units when they are executing warrants for grow ops and drug labs.  Through his support on drug enforcement investigations, he has played a major role in laying drug charges and convictions that have resulted in jail time for Fire Code violations involving grow ops and drug labs.

Dale is also a Program Specialist with the Ontario Fire Marshal Emergency Management’s (OFMEM) Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU).

Before joining the OFMEM, Dale spent 26 years in the Fire Service as a career firefighter.  He rose through the ranks of the Fire Service to the position of Chief of Operations with the Gatineau Fire Service in Gatineau Quebec. During his firefighting career, he was a member of the Quebec Ministry of Public Security’s committee responsible for the creation and administration of Quebec’s level 3 Hazmat/CBRNE teams.

Dale has been a federal instructor for the Canadian Emergency Management College and CFB Suffield First Responders Training Program (CBRNE). International CBRNE instructor with the Canadian International CBRNE Program and instructed CBRNE/Counter-Terrorism response to Fire, Police and Military members in Indonesia and South East Asia.  He also served as a member of the Canadian CBRNE Security Detail for President Bush’s Canadian visits and for the Vancouver Olympics.

Sunday 4-Hour Workshops

Participants get the opportunity to choose from one of the following workshops.  All workshops are based on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each participant will receive a certificate of participation.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Workshop
Instructed by Brian McBain, Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative ULC and Ryan Betts, Manager, Public Safety Education Section, OFMEM

Participants in this interactive workshop will be able to identify best practices and strategies to develop and implement effective smoke and carbon monoxide awareness programs to address identified risks and unique characteristics of their own communities.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Current smoke and carbon monoxide alarm technologies
  • Current Standards for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Current Ontario Fire Code requirements for the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • O.Reg 378/18 Community Risk Assessments
  • Revised Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) Technical Guideline on Maintenance of Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms
  • OFMEM Public Education Planning & Tracking Tool
  • Available educational resources

Brian McBain has over 24 years of experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of fire and life safety. He presently works for Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative where he provides assistance to regulatory authorities across Canada in all disciplines with regards to ULC certifications and ULC Standards.  Mr. McBain has worked at ULC for 13 years. Previously, Mr. McBain also served three years at the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management as a Fire Protection Specialist, worked nine years in the Fire Protection and Life Safety industry and currently has 24 years of service as a volunteer Firefighter, Fire Training Officer and Fire Prevention Officer.  He also serves on various committees and Board of Directors including the TSSA – Liquid Fuels Risk Reduction Group, TSSA – Fuel Oil Risk Reduction Group and the YMCA – Sudbury Board of Directors.Mr. McBain holds a Fire Protection Diploma from Algonquin College

Ryan Betts began his career in Forestry with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Temagami, Ontario. He joined the Temagami Volunteer Fire Department and moved up the ranks to hold the positions of deputy fire chief and fire chief. In 1995 he joined the OFM as an Instructor at the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst where he was the Coordinator and lead Instructor for the Fire Prevention and Public Education programs for 10 years. He was instrumental in developing curriculum to meet Ontario Provincial Fire Service Standards for company officers and fire prevention officers. In 1997, Ryan became one of the first Certified Public Fire and Life Safety Educators in Ontario. In 2005, Ryan joined the Public Education and Media Relations section of the OFM as a Program Specialist, providing support to the fire service through programs, resources, and initiatives to assist municipal fire departments in meeting their obligations under the FPPA.  Ryan returned to the Fire College in 2014 as the Academic Manager, where he supervised the Instructional Team and Registrar’s Office and assisted in guiding curriculum development and delivery during the transition to training based on NFPA Professional Qualifications Standards.  Ryan is currently the Manager of the Public Safety Education Section for the OFMEM providing oversight of public education initiatives in fire safety and emergency preparedness.  He recently participated in the Fire Safety Technical Table and the development of the new regulation on Community Risk Assessments that was filed into law in May 2018 and comes into effect in July of this year.

Advanced Rapid Response Extrication
Instructed by Jason Defosse, Code4 Fire & Rescue

This is designed specifically for those departments that are covering large areas and when time is critical....every second counts!  In this 4-hour action packed workshop we will discuss multi vehicle accidents, roll over pin jobs, T-Bone & head-on impacts.  When the patient is in critical condition, the techniques and plan of attack as to when, where to cut, spread and ram will make a huge difference.  In addition to this, I will be speaking and sharing the latest information in the following areas:

  • New car technology, including hybrids, autonomous (self-driving) vehicles.
  • Quick stabilization
  • Rapid extrication
  • Resources
  • Truly understanding rescue tool operations and how to maximize their power. 

This must-have program will share all the latest rapid extrication techniques that will help firefighters improve their rescue times and build confidence. 

Fire Safety Enforcement Workshop:
Instructed by Tawnya Roberts, Program Specialist, OFMEM

Part One:  POA Part 1 Tickets: Recent changes have been made to increase fines and the number of Part 1 “Tickets” available to the Fire Service to support enforcement options and assist the fire service in addressing identified contraventions of the Fire Code. This workshop will assist the student to develop a comprehensive understanding of how to commence a proceeding under Part 1 of the POA (tickets) to address identified fire safety issues.

Part Two:  Hoarding: Situations involving hoarding pose a serious fire safety issue to both the occupants and the Fire Service. Case studies will be used to highlight various strategies and resources available through the FPPA to address and mitigate the fire safety issues involving hoarding.

Tawnya Roberts is a Program Specialist with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Inspection and Enforcement Unit. She joined Lanark Highlands Fire Service in 1999 as a volunteer fire fighter and served as a District Fire Chief from 2002 -2009 before joining the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management. A strong advocate of the power of fire prevention, for over 15 years she has provided dynamic leadership in shaping fire safety standard enforcement across Ontario by developing and delivering educational seminars and mitigation strategies to support fire service leaders in utilizing their extensive legislative powers to save lives. From mitigation of extreme hoarding situations, execution of entry warrants to addressing “Immediate Threat to Life” situations, Tawnya Roberts highlights the significant impact, purpose and strategies surrounding fire safety enforcement.

Leadership: Bringing Your Fire Service Leadership to the Next Level:  Plotting Your Successful Fire Service Experience
Instructed by Chief Vince MacKenzie, Grand Falls Windsor Fire Department

This 4-hour workshop reviews the topics covered in Leadership Training Module of the Beyond Hoses and Helmets (BHH) Program – a peer driven program that prepares new/tenured chief officers who manage volunteers within the fire/rescue/delivery system with information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities. This session provides a high level look at the BHH program and recommended courses of study to become a better fire service leader.

Training Officers Workshop:  
President Assistant Chief Brent Thomas (Orillia), 1st Vice President Deputy Chief Reno Levesque (Port Hope) and Secretary Training Officer Paul Calleja (Huntsville), OAFTO

Part One: Developing Department specific Training Plans that can be NFPA compliant
This session will equip anyone who is responsible for training to develop 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 how to conduct training evolutions that can be NFPA compliant and includes preparation for NFPA certification. Additional free training resource locations 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. The province introduced the idea in 2018 and we were literally steps away from having it implemented. What we have been given is a window of opportunity to ensure that our training programs match the requirements to meet the needs of Mandatory Certification if and when the discussion begins again. This presentation will hopefully give you some direction on how to make adjustments to the training you are already doing. 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.

Brent Thomas Currently is the Assistant Fire Chief of the Orillia Fire Department primarily responsible for training and emergency management.  He also provides mental health training via R2MR to Ontario Fire Departments and The Working Mind 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.

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 appoint 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.



Thank you for attending NEFEC 2019!


Please find our 2019 Trade Show Information Below - 2020 Information Coming Soon!

The Northeastern Fire Education Conference Trade Show has over 40 booths showcasing vehicles, equipment and services offered by various fire service suppliers. The trade show highlights what's new in technology and products in the fire service and allows attendees to connect with exhibitors and get all your department purchasing done in one centralized location.
The NEFEC Trade Show takes place on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 and takes place in Deerhurst Resort's Legacy Hall.
All fire service personnel are welcome to attend the trade show, regardless if you are registered for the conference or not.  To get your free pass, please contact Laura Aivaliotis, NEFEC Registrar by email at or call 905-426-9865 x230.

Floor Plan

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2019 Exhibitor List

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Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors! 

With the generous support of sponsors we are able to offer attendees knowledgeable guest speakers, entertaining evening functions and delicious refreshments.  The Northeastern Fire Education Conference values the support of the following organizations/companies who have decided to take their contribution to the next level.  
On behalf of the committee and guests, thank you!

Speaker Sponsor
Workshop Sponsor Coffee Break Sponsor
Coffee Break Sponsor Workshop Sponsor Workshop Sponsor

Nipissing-Parry Sound Mutual Aid Association

Cochrane District Mutual Aid Association 


Temiskaming District Mutual Fire Aid Association

Algoma District Mutual Aid Association
Sudbury District Mutual Fire Aid Association
Muskoka Fire Chiefs Association
Conference Sponsors Conference Sponsors Conference Sponsors


Thank you to all who supported our Evening Functions at NEFEC 2019!


Welcome Pub Night - Thursday, March 28

A casual night for guests arriving to Deerhurst taking place in the Maple Pub.  

Stop by for a drink and say hello to friends new and old!

Networking Reception - Friday, March 29

Join us on Friday, March 29 at 5pm for the Northeastern Fire Education Conference Networking Reception at the Trade Show.  Enjoy complimentary appetizers while you catch up with your fire service colleagues and guests of the conference.  Always a well-attended evening!

Banquet Cocktail Reception - Saturday, March 30

A great social opportunity before we enjoy a delicious meal and great entertainment.  Join us at 6:30pm and enjoy a complimentary beverage and some apps before we get started on a fun-filled evening.

Banquet, Saturday, March 30

The banquet is an excellent opportunity to socialize with your peers while you enjoy a delicious buffet dinner.  A great night out!  Tickets are included in full conference registration.  Don't forget the NEFEC raffle. Purchase your tickets for some amazing prize raffles during dinner.  

The banquet follows the cocktail reception and starts at approximately 7:15pm.

2019 Banquet Entertainment

Buzz Collins Comedic Mentalist

Comedy Hypnotist Buzz Collins has brought audiences to their knees throughout North America. Buzz provides the only form of live entertainment where members of the audience have the opportunity to become the real stars of the show! Taking others to that side of their mind that unleashes the impossible, the outrageous,  and the amazing is what Buzz does best!! “Unforgettable”, mesmerizing” and “absolutely hilarious” are just some of words others have used to describe Buzz’s performances!


2019 Companions Program - 2020 Information Coming Soon!

A selection of unique and entertaining excursions are arranged for those registered as companions for the Northeastern Fire Education Conference and Trade Show. Participation in the activities is included in your companion’s registration. Our event team puts together a fun program for those accompanying their spouses to the conference.  The program includes two activities, breakfast, lunches, coffee breaks and a ticket to the annual banquet. 

2019 Activities

On Friday, March 29, 2019 from 10am to 1pm, Karen Fish from Studio K will be hosting a jewellery workshop.  Companions will get to craft their own unique pieces with the guidance and expertise of this local popular artisan.
On Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 11am to 1pm, companions will join the Executive Chef from Deerhurst Resort in a fun, creative fruit and vegetable carving cooking demo.  Learn how to carve fruits and vegetables to allow you to design unique styles of platters at your home. Turn potatoes into mushrooms, apples into swans, oranges into fruit baskets. Watch, then taste the making of Bouquets of lettuce with vinaigrette then maple - soya - ginger marinated salmon.  A truly unique experience. 
Companions are to check-in with their spouses upon arrival to the conference.  We look forward to welcoming you to another fun-filled program in 2019.
If you have any questions about the Companions Program, please contact Michelle O'Hara at 905-426-9865 x222 or by email to

2019 Destination Overview - 2020 Information Coming Soon!

Visiting Huntsville

Huntsville is nestled in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario, located in the hilly terrain of the Canadian Shield and is dotted with many lakes. Due to its natural beauty and abundant natural resources Huntsville is known as a major tourist destination drawing people from around the world. The Toronto Star ranked the town the #1 place to take a summer trip in 2011.  


You will always feel welcome in this inclusive community all months of the year.  Huntsville is a great vacation destination to browse, shop, eat and stay and is also the major gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park.  There are plenty of things to do while you're are here.

For more information on what Huntsville has to offer, visit Tourism and Events Huntsville at

2019 Dining Options at Deerhurst - 2020 Information Coming Soon!

Discover the delicious tastes of Muskoka dining in Huntsville where the restaurants of Deerhurst are committed to the “eat local” food movement. Seasonally, Deerhurst harvests its own honey, herbs, shiitake mushrooms and maple syrup right at the resort.

Eclipse Dining Room - A Muskoka Favourite

Sweeping lake vistas are the ideal accompaniments to generous breakfasts and great dining experiences with family and friends. Our signature Savour Muskoka inspired dining room is known for locally-inspired menus, bountiful buffets, Muskoka’s longest running Sunday brunch and experienced and courteous service. 
Reservations required for dinner seatings.

Compass Grill & Bar

Centrally located just steps from the lobby, Compass Grill & Bar is the place to gather for a refreshing cocktail, casual intimate dinner or an exquisite glass of wine. Here, the menu is pleasantly familiar bistro fare with an inviting twist, celebrating inspiring choices in a contemporary Muskoka setting.
Sunday to Thursday: 4pm – 11pm, Fridays & Saturdays: 3pm – 12am

Maple Pub & Patio

Grab some friends and settle in while enjoying the best selection of pub classics, and cool beverages after a days meetings, on the course, on the water, relaxing or doing outdoor adventures. Casual atmosphere and casual dining.

Hidden Valley Resort - The Birches Restaurant

Muskoka hospitality and dining at its finest, overlooking Peninsula Lake Huntsville Muskoka.
The Birches Restaurant promotes local suppliers and features menu offerings that highlight local products.

Options in Huntsville

Spencer’s Tall Trees

A Culinary treat in the center of Huntsville, Tall Trees enjoys a reputation for quality food, wine and hospitality.  Chef/Owner Randy Spencer produces simple yet elegant classics with the finest & most unique products available creating balanced and innovative dishes carefully married to the restaurant's award winning wine list. His daily 3 course table d’hote is a favourite with the locals and visitors alike, not only for the quality but as well the value. 
Phone: (705) 789-9769
Address: 87 Main St W, Huntsville, ON P1H 1X1

On the Docks Pub

On the Docks Pub has been the hot spot for visitors and locals in the Huntsville area for the last 20 years. It is the epitome of Muskoka Cottage life. Relaxed atmosphere by day and summer party central every night! Located in the heart of Huntsville and right on the town dock; it doesn’t get more central than this!
Phone: (705) 789-7910

Address: 90 Main Street East, Huntsville, Ontario.

3 Guys and a Stove

3 Guys and a Stove is a place where multi-level seasoning and multi-layered flavours are applied to real, honest comfort foods that are healthy, aromatic and addictingly good. Here and there you will enjoy the spice and aroma of the Caribbean, a dash of Southeast Asia or a good dose of “down-home southern comfort”. Whatever you eat, it will be delightfully simple… and simply delicious. So sit back, relax, and let your taste buds savour the flavour.

Phone: (705) 789-1815
Address: 143 Highway 60 East Huntsville, Ontario


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