Overview

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a three-day professional development event for fire service leaders that provides a perfect forum for members to be engaged and involved in their association. 
 
Tuesday, November 22, 2022, the Fire Service Health & Safety Workshop take place.  This workshop addresses topics that are at the forefront of health and safety in the fire service. The agenda is created in consultation with the OAFC Health & Safety Committee, who remain at the forefront on health and safety issues in the province. The goal is to provide information, resources, and training to help reduce the number of preventable injuries in a fire and emergency service. This includes culture and leadership focus on safety in every aspect of the job, as well as physical and mental health fitness. Learn more by visiting Heath and Safety Workshop 2022.
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2022, we host OAFC Committees where important information and issues are discussed.  You can learn more about our committees by visiting https://www.oafc.on.ca/committees.  In the afternoon, we host the OAFC Fire Service Roundtables, with lunch right before sponsored by Humber College.  Operational, planning and management professionals from fire departments across the province come together in a roundtable format to discuss current and emerging issues in the fire service. The interactive forum allows participants to discuss local and provincial challenges they face, as well as highlight best practices and lessons learned with other like-minded fire departments. Immediately following the Roundtables is a reception.
 
Thursday, November 24, 2022, is day one of the AGM.  Attendees can take advantage of educational opportunities with their peers, which includes keynote speaker, updates from the Office of the Fire Marshal, and timely educational sessions that discuss important issues in the fire service. In the afternoon, the OAFC will host the AGM, whereby members will hear important provincial updates from the Board of Directors, and partake in important association business. During the day, OAFC association partners will also join us, who have company representatives present for you to network with.  
 
On Friday, November 25, 2022, the OAFC will be hosting a keynote speaker, followed by additional educational speakers on important fire service topics.  Any additional business meeting information will also be completed at the end of the educational component on Friday.
 
The OAFC 2022 Annual General Meeting is the must-attend event for fire service leaders and OAFC members.  It is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of unrivalled network-building opportunities, and discuss important issues that affect you and the fire service in Ontario. 
 
All-inclusive package returns for 2022, with two packages to choose from.
 
The OAFC is offering a member’s all-inclusive registration package once again for the entire event.  
 
The 2022 package includes:
 
  • Accommodation at the Hilton Niagara Falls.
  • OAFC Fire Service Roundtable on November 23, 2022 (with your choice of the urban or suburban-rural session), sponsored by Humber College. 
  • Lunch and coffee break on November 23, 2022.
  • Roundtable reception on November 23, 2022, sponsored and hosted by Humber College.
  • OAFC 2022 AGM, November 24 & 25, 2022.
  • Breakfast breaks and lunch on both days of the AGM
Package two includes all of the above, plus the Health & Safety Day.
 
The all-inclusive package is tailored to those members wanting to take part in multiple events during the week, and who are planning to stay at the hotel for the duration of the event. Best of all, you only must register once. The OAFC staff team looks after all the arrangements! By utilizing this full-service option, we can offer you a small savings on the package, versus booking a-la-carte – and we do all the work!
 
We look forward to welcoming you in Niagara Falls!
 
 
 

Agenda - Updated September 20, 2022

Time
Event/Presentation
Speaker
Location
Monday, November 21, 2022 
3:00pm to 7:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - Health and Safety Workshop
8:00am – 8:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
7:30am-8:30am
Health and Safety Workshop Breakfast
 
Brasa
8:30am-8:45am
Opening Remarks (TBD)
 
Lake Huron Room
8:45am-9:45am
Section 21 Committee Update & Panel Discussion
Lake Huron Room
9:45am-10:00am
Break
 
Foyer
10:00am-11:00am
Keynote 
TBD
Lake Huron Room
11:00am-12:30pm
Mental Health & PTSD Prevention Programs Panel Discussion
Lake Huron Room
12:30pm-1:15pm
Lunch
 
Brasa
1:15pm-2:45pm
Cancer Prevention and Hygiene & Decontamination Panel Discussion 
Lake Huron Room
2:45pm-3:00pm
Break
 
Foyer
3:00pm-4:30pm
Fire Service Health & Safety Fundamentals 
Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood & TBD
Lake Huron Room
4:30pm-5:00pm
OAFC Chief Officer Peer Support Program Introduction
OAFC H&S Committee 
Lake Huron Room
5:00pm-6:30pm  
Cocktail Reception
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
8:00am – 8:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
7:00am-8:30am
PAC Meeting
 
TBD
8:30am-10:00am
Fire Prevention & Public Education Advisory Committee Meeting
Lake Erie Room
8:30am-10:00am
Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Committee Meeting
Lake Huron Room
8:30am-10:00am
Rural-Suburban Advisory Committee Meeting
Lake Michigan Room
8:30am-10:00am
Health & Safety Advisory Committee Meeting
Victoria Falls Room
10:00am-10:30am
Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
10:30am-12:00pm
Training & Education Advisory Committee Meeting
Lake Michigan Room
10:30am-12:00pm
Communications Committee Meeting
Lake Huron Room
10:30am-12:00pm
Urban Advisory Committee Meeting
Victoria Falls Room
10:30am-12:00pm
Large Urban Committee Meeting
Lake Erie Room
12:00pm-1:00pm
Lunch, Sponsored by: 
BRASA
1:00pm-2:45pm
Urban Roundtable 
Angel Falls Ballroom
1:00pm-2:45pm
Suburban & Rural RoundTable - 1
Niagara Falls Ballroom
1:00pm-2:45pm
Suburban & Rural RoundTable - 2
Victoria Falls Ballroom
2:45pm-3:00pm
Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Roundtables continue
Angel, Niagara & Victoria Ballrooms
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cocktail Reception
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
Thursday, November 24, 2022
7:00am-7:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
7:30am-8:30am
Breakfast 
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
8:30am-9:30am
Wheatley (Chatham-Kent) Explosion Lessons Learned 
Chris Case & Ryan Doull
Great Falls Ballroom
9:30am-10:15am
Update from the Office of the Fire Marshal 
Jon Pegg, Ontario Fire Marshal 
Great Falls Ballroom
10:15am-10:30am
Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
10:30am-11:30am
Mandatory Certification Regulation Panel Discussion 
Panel members TBD
Great Falls Ballroom
11:30am-12:30pm
Keynote Speaker
Katherine Lamb
Great Falls Ballroom
12:30pm-1:30pm
Lunch
CORSO
1:30pm-2:00pm
OAFC Presidents Address 
OAFC President Rob Grimwood
Great Falls Ballroom
2:00pm-2:10pm
First Alert BRK Awards
First Alert
Great Falls Ballroom
2:10pm-2:30pm
OAFC President & Vice President Elections
 
Great Falls Ballroom
2:30pm-2:45pm
Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
2:45pm-4:30pm
OAFC Annual General Meeting 
 
Great Falls Ballroom
Friday, November 25, 2022
7:00am-12:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
7:30am-8:30am
Breakfast 
Watermark Fallsview Restaurant
8:15am-9:30am
Keynote Speaker, Sponsored by: 
Sal Scarpa
Great Falls Ballroom
9:30am-10:30am
Next Generation 911 Presentation & Panel Discussion 
Panel members TBD
Great Falls Ballroom
10:30am-10:45am
Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
10:45am-11:00am
OAFC Executive Board Announcement & Swear In Directors
 
 
11:00am-12:00pm
OAFC Directors & Committee Updates 
 
Great Falls Ballroom
12:00pm
Lunch and departures
 
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
 
 
 

Association Partners and AGM Sponsors

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs are indebted to our annual partners, and we appreciate them for their ongoing support.  Many of our partners will have a short presentation at the AGM.  Please take a moment and thank them for supporting your association.
A.J. Stone
First Alert
FFIC/Bookstore
Gordon Strategy
Roundtable Lunch Sponsor Keynote Sponsor

 

 

Fire Service Roundtable

Operational, planning and management professionals from fire departments across the province are invited to come together to discuss current and emerging issues within the fire service. Designed after the Metro Fire Planners Conference, this interactive forum has been formatted for participants to share leading practices, seek ideas on how to mitigate challenges they are facing, and offer innovative ideas and solutions that they have found successful. Participants share local and provincial challenges, as well as highlighted best practices and lessons learned with other like-minded fire services.
 
To ensure that the discussion reviews topics important to our members, participants are required to forward topics of interest to the OAFC in advance of the roundtable, which builds an intuitive, thought-provoking agenda. 
 
Past roundtable attendees have said: 
 
The facilitators did their job. They allowed members to talk opening about the pre- identified issues. This allowed me to learn lots and come away with a bunch of ideas.”
 
 “The topics for discussion were applicable to my department. The discussions were informative and provided great discussion and solutions to common problems a lot of us face.  The OAFC did a fantastic job of facilitating the discussion and providing insight to the group on how to approach some of the challenges.”
 
“This was the first time I was able to attend, and it was very informative for me and my department. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from others experiences.”
 
“The openness and the willingness of everyone to add something was great.  It’s beneficial to sit in a room of chiefs with similarly structured departments to discuss topics that relate to the majority in the room.”
 
Past Roundtable sessions have covered issues related to:
 
  • Performance measurement and data analysis
  • Organizational planning
  • Staffing and deployment models
  • Health and safety
  • Recruitment
  • Education and training
  • Shared services and regionalization
  • Labour relations issues
The OAFC hosted TWO concurrent roundtable sessions. 
 
  • OAFC Fire Service Roundtable URBAN SESSION
  • OAFC Fire Service Roundtable RURAL-SUBURBAN SESSION
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Time Event Location
8:00am
Registration Opens
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
12:00pm
Roundtable Networking Lunch, Sponsored by 
BRASA
1:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Urban
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
 Angels, Niagara & Victoria Falls Ballrooms
2:45pm
Coffee Break
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
3:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Urban
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable - Rural-Suburban
Angels, Niagara & Victoria Falls Ballrooms
5:00pm
OAFC Fire Service Roundtable Reception, 
Complimentary refreshments and appetizers provided
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
The OAFC Fire Service Roundtable is limited to 30 participants in each session, in order to guarantee an intimate, informal and candid discussion on the current emerging fire service topics that mean the most to you.
 
The amount of information shared is invaluable!  The roundtable is open to OAFC members only.
 
2022 Round Table Topics of Discussion
 
After registering for the Roundtable, participants are required to submit questions and discussion topics that you would like to see incorporated into the agenda. This will give us the foundation for the Roundtable discussion.
 
All discussion topics must be submitted by November 4, 2022 to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca, so the agenda can be created and shared in advance with all registered participants.
 

OAFC Fire Service Roundtable Reception

The OAFC will once again host a reception immediately following the Roundtable on November 23, 2022.
 
Refreshments and delicious appetizers will be provided to all Roundtable participants. This is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your fire service colleagues. 
 
We look forward to welcoming you!
 
About Humber College
 
Humber emphasizes hands-on, career-focused learning. We offer a broad range of credentials including bachelor's degrees, diplomas, certificates, and postgraduate certificates — and will help you chart the best path towards your goals. 
 
Humber offers online continuing education for working Fire Service Professionals as well as education, training and NFPA certifications for aspiring Fire Fighters and Public Educators/Fire Inspectors.

 
The Fire Service Health and Safety Workshop addresses topics that are at the forefront of health and safety in the fire service. The agenda is created in consultation with the OAFC Health and Safety Committee, who remain at the forefront on health and safety issues in the province. The goal is to provide information, resources, and training to help reduce the number of preventable injuries in a fire and emergency service. This includes culture and leadership focus on safety in every aspect of the job, as well as physical and mental health fitness. 
 
The program is relevant to anyone working in a fire department, whether full-time or volunteer. The program takes a more interactive approach by allowing participants to be actively involved in the presentations and receiving “straight talk” on the important health and safety issues in a modern-day fire service.
 
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - Health and Safety Workshop
8:00am – 8:00pm
Registration
Great Falls Ballroom, Mezzanine Level
7:30am-8:30am
Health and Safety Workshop Breakfast
 
Brasa
8:30am-8:45am
Opening Remarks (TBD)
  TBA
8:45am-9:45am
Section 21 Committee Update & Panel Discussion
TBA
9:45am-10:00am
Break
 
Foyer
10:00am-11:00am
Keynote 
TBD
TBA
11:00am-12:30pm
Mental Health & PTSD Prevention Programs Panel Discussion
TBA
12:30pm-1:15pm
Lunch
 
Brasa
1:15pm-2:45pm
Cancer Prevention and Hygiene & Decontamination Panel Discussion 
TBA
2:45pm-3:00pm
Break
 
Foyer
3:00pm-4:30pm
Fire Service Health & Safety Fundamentals 
Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood & TBD
TBA
4:30pm-5:00pm
OAFC Chief Officer Peer Support Program Introduction
OAFC H&S Committee 
TBA
5:00pm-6:30pm  
Cocktail Reception
Foyer, Great Falls Ballroom
 
 
 

OAFC 2022 Annual General Meeting & Fire Service Roundtables, Hilton Niagara Falls, November 23-24-25, 2022 

 
Dr. Katherine Lamb, MIFireE, MSc (Oxon), BSc (hons)
Dr Katherine Lamb is a respected authority on the training and assessment of Incident Command and crisis decision making. She received her MSc from the University of Oxford and her doctorate at the University of London, she worked as an accomplished researcher before joining the Fire Service in 2004. During her Fire Service career, she served in Birmingham, Manchester and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Services, where she held many operational roles, including Station Manager within the incident command training team.
In 2015, she established Effective Command, a charitable organisation which develops the concept of the thinking commander, someone who has the capacity to deal with the unexpected. This development tool is accredited by several professional bodies and academic institutions and is used to train and assess incident command competence and crisis decision making. It is widely used throughout the international emergency response community for the training of crisis decision makers.
 
Presentation Overview:  Effective Command: Systematic incident command training and organizational competence
 
This study aimed to determine if the application of a systematic command training system (Effective Command™) could influence the organisational incident command competency profile via the identification, training, and assessment of key behavioural markers.
The Effective Command™ behavioural marking framework is aligned to UK National Fire Service role-maps and is utilised as Best Practice by 31 UK Fire & Rescue services to assess command competence. The data presented in this study was captured between April 2017 and March 2022 and consists of 6,500 assessment reports relating to initial incident command courses, competence revalidations, training events and the monitoring of live incidents. The data has been analysed to determine strengths & weaknesses across the 72 assessment criteria at all 4 command levels.
 
Candidates were assessed whilst commanding a dynamic, simulated incident at a complexity appropriate for their command level. These simulated incidents were facilitated and assessed by competent and qualified incident command trainers. The candidates observed actions and decision-making rationale were explored through professional discussion prior to the assessment report being finalised.
 
Extensive data analysis identified key strengths and weaknesses at all command levels which consistently influenced the assessment outcome (pass/fail) of the candidates. The data also revealed a year-on-year decline in average scores for command competence at all command levels.
 
This structured analysis of incident command assessment data should be used to tailor subsequent training cycles for individuals, organisations and be used to update organisational/National guidance documents. The empirical evidence suggests that frequent incident or scenario exposure, coupled with metacognitive understanding of the decision rationale could reverse these weaknesses and turn them into individual and organisational strengths.
 
This study strongly recommends the use of a structured command training and assessment framework to ensure that organizations can appoint, train, and assess their incident commanders and provide an assurance of operational competence.

Sal Scarpa
Salvatore J. Scarpa is a 31-year fire service veteran and fire-EMS chief/EMA director for Columbus, Georgia. He has written numerous articles and presented at many regional and national conferences on leadership, professional development, and contemporary issues in the fire service. He has an associate degree in fire science, a bachelor’s degree in public administration, and a master’s degree in leadership studies. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, a credentialed Chief Fire Officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and a current cohort member of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute.
 
Presentation Overview: What the Chief Needs from 21st-Century Officers
While the fire service is steeped in tradition, the needs of modern communities are ever evolving. The expectations and demands placed on chiefs create new challenges for leaders in today’s fire service. With changing community needs, the role of the fire service must change as well. The 21st-century chief has different expectations for the officer corps of the organization. This class will explore the changing role of the fire officer. Participants will learn what it takes to be a successful fire officer in the modern era, the changes occurring in the fire service requiring a shift of our leaders, the characteristics of an effective leader, and the role the company officer plays in shaping the 21st century fire service.
 

Depty Chief Rob Grimwood, OAFC President
Rob has recently joined the City of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services as Deputy Chief of Training & Technology where he oversees the Professional Development & Accreditation and Communications Divisions, along with serving as the Management Co-Chair for the Joint Health & Safety Committee. Formerly Rob was the Deputy Chief of Training, Safety, & Special Operations for the City of Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service. He has been a member of the fire service for the past 26 years, the last 14 of which have been in various senior leadership positions. Prior to joining the City of Vaughan, he was the Fire Chief in the City of Dryden, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Haldi
mand County.  He has also served as a Firefighter with the City of Toronto. He worked as a Paramedic for 20 years and spent nine years as the Paramedic Chief in Haldimand County. He is the President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), Management Co-chair of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee and an instructor for Dalhousie University’s Fire Service Management Program.
Presentation Overview:  The Reading Smoke curriculum is a must for anyone looking to master the craft of Firefighting. First-in video combined with dynamic teaching helps you develop the ability to see the VolumeVelocityDensity and Color of smoke. Learning to Read Smoke improves your ability to understand and predict fire behavior. Reading Smoke provides insight for excellent tactical decisions. Reading the Smoke’s Volume, Velocity, Density, and Color allows you to answer three questions: Where is the fire? How big is it? What rate of change you should expect?  Whether choosing a tactic at the command level, or performing the tactic at the company level, learning to collect information quickly improves decision-making for firefighter safety and better service to the citizens. Video-based, fast-paced, sets and reps of Reading Smoke will make you better on the fireground.
 
 

 

 

Contact Us

We would be happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager by email at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca 

 

Or registration assistance, please contact:
Laura Aivaliotis, Program Coordinator at ext.230 or email laura.aivaliotis@oafc.on.ca
 

 

 

 

Accomodations

Hilton Niagara Falls  
6361 Fallsview Boulevard
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3V9
1-905-354-7887 
 
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites offers an elegant stay with 53 floors of breathtaking views over the Horseshoe and American falls. The Hilton Niagara Falls is just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and provides a stylish backdrop to this natural wonder.  
 
Relax in your guest room which can sleep up to six people. Classic wooden fittings provide an inviting ambience while double whirlpool tubs in oversized bathrooms are among the special touches.
 
Savor an array of international specialties while overlooking peerless views of Niagara Falls 33 floors up at The Watermark restaurant. Complete the evening with drinks and live music at Myst Lounge for unforgettable Niagara evening. Open-fire grilled cuts are the order of the day at Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse or choose favorite Italian dishes at the Pranzo Italian Grill.
 
Parking
 
Niagara Falls offers off-site complimentary self-parking. 
 
To access Hilton Niagara Falls' off-site guest parking lot, please do the following:
 
1. Drive into the valet entrance off Fallsview Blvd.
2. Request a key card from the door attendant.
3. Turn left onto Murray Street.
4. The parking lot is the first left after crossing Stanley Ave. Insert your parking key card at the gate.
 
Covered garage self-parking is offered at $15.00 per day with unlimited in and out privileges (limited availability).
 
Valet parking is offered at $25.00 per day. 
 
Hotel Reservations  
 
The OAFC has negotiated special inclusions on your behalf including:
 
  • Discounted room rates
  • Complimentary internet in guestrooms and meeting space
  • 20% Discount food voucher for all in-house restaurants including Brasa Brazilian and Pranzo Italian Grill
 
2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite - Falls View $139.00/CAD + tax per night - Two King-sized beds, fireplace, whirlpool tub, Queen-sized sofa bed, U.S. Fallsview. This spacious and functional suite, with its enchanting view of the U.S. Falls, features two bedrooms, each with a comfortable King-sized bed and high-definition television, and a separate vanity area for convenience. The main bedroom also features a queen-sized sofa bed. The oversized bathroom provides the ultimate in relaxation with a glass-enclosed whirlpool bath overlooking the main bedroom and beyond. At Hilton Niagara Falls, all our rooms include WIFI access, HD televisions with on-command access, coffee maker, hairdryer, alarm/clock radios, iron, and ironing board.  This suite is located on floors 11 - 22 and can accommodate 6 people (7 with rollaway bed).  
 
2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite - Casino/City view - $129.00/CAD + tax per night - Two King-sized beds, fireplace, whirlpool tub, Queen-sized sofa bed, city view. This spacious and functional suite, with its exciting view of Fallsview Casino and its colourful fountain, feature two bedrooms, each with a comfortable King-sized bed and high-definition television, and a separate vanity area for convenience. The main bedroom also features a queen-sized sofa bed. The oversized bathroom provides the ultimate in relaxation with a glass-enclosed whirlpool bath overlooking the main bedroom and beyond. At Hilton Niagara Falls, all our rooms include WIFI access, HD televisions with on-command access, coffee maker, hairdryer, alarm/clock radios, iron, and ironing board. This suite is located on floors 8 - 15 and can accommodate 6 people (7 with rollaway bed).