OAFC Fire Service Virtual Health and Safety Training Workshop

 
The 2021 OAFC Fire Service Health & Safety Training Workshop is a one-day, stand alone, virtual event that will address the health and safety issues at the forefront of Ontario's fire service.
 
The 2021 OAFC Fire Service Health & Safety Training Workshop agenda was created by our Health & Safety Committee, who remain ahead and informed on new, emerging, and trending firefighter health and safety issues in Ontario.  The goal is to provide information, resources, and training to reduce the number of preventable injuries in fire and emergency services.  This includes a focus on cultural and leadership safety at every level of the job and physical and mental health fitness.
 
This workshop is relevant to anyone working in a fire department, whether full-time or volunteer.  The workshop will take an interactive approach by allowing participants to be actively involved in presentations and receive "straight talk" on the important health and safety issues in modern-day fire services.
 
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Draft Agenda - As At October 14, 2021

TIME
PRESENTATION
SPEAKER
9:00
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood
9:15
Suffering in Silence - The Problem of Mental Illness and Substance Use Among First Responders
Joanna Anderson, MSW, RSW, Executive Director, Gateway Recovery Centre
 
Nick Halmasy, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist, After the Call
 
Coleen Woodrow, BA, BSW, RSW, MSW Student, Gateway Recovery Centre, EHN Canada
10:20
A Section 21 Panel Discussion on Firefighter Safety
Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood 
(OAFC/Management Co-chair)
 
John Mavrinac 
(OPFFA/Worker Co-Chair)
 
Chief Mike Vilneff, Cobourg Fire Department  (OAFC)
 
Dan Worrall (OPFFA)
 
Doug Kellam, County of Brant Fire Department 
(Volunteer Representative)
 
Randy Narine 
(Volunteer Representative)
 
Retired Chief Mark Pankhurst, 
(AMO)
 
Juanita Martin  (MOL Facilitator)
 
Vic Dillabaugh (OPFFA)
 
Cathy Hoffman, Chief Human Resource Officer and General Manager, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
11:20
Break
 
11:30
Cancer Prevention Panel Discussion
Deputy Chief Aaron Burridge, Fire & Emergency Services, Town of Ajax
 
Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, City of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services 
 
Deputy Chief Ellard Beaven, Timmins Fire Department
 
Chief Chris Case, Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services
 
Chief Jeff Kirk, Springwater Fire and Emergency Services
 
Junita Martin, Ministry of Labour
12:45
Break
 
1:00
Preparation, Protection & Pathogens: The Road Ahead for Covid & Future Pandemics
Leonard Chu, Ministry of Health
1:50
Acute Exposure to Critical Incidents and Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Severity Among Firefighters 
 
 
Chief Greg Hankkio, Division Chief Dennis Brescacin, First Class Firefighter Regan Bolduc, Thunder Bay Fire & Dr. Kathryn E. Sinden R.Kin., PhD
 
 
2:55
Causes, Implications, and Management of Stress in the Fire Service 
David Huntsman, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Research Associate/Lab Manager
University at Albany, SUNY
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
&
Steven Haynes
Director of Risk Management and Insurance, Assistant Professor of Practice
University of Texas at Dallas
Jindal School of Management
3:55
Closing Remarks
 
 

Suffering in silence - the problem of mental illness and substance use among first responders

Presented ByJoanna Anderson, MSW, RSW, Executive Director, Gateway Recovery Centre, Nick Halmasy, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist, After the Call & Coleen Woodrow, BA, BSW, RSW, MSW Student, Gateway Recovery Centre, EHN Canada
 
Session Overview: It is well known that public safety personnel such as firefighters are exposed to significant trauma on a regular basis, as well as situations that challenge their moral beliefs. While not all individuals develop PTSD or operational stress injuries (OSI) as a result, for those who do, the struggle is painful and has far-reaching effects on one's career, family, and general wellbeing. What's more stark is that many first responders continue to suffer in silence, held back by stigma and fear. Join this session to gain an understanding of the current problem of trauma and PTSD among safety personnel, what holds individuals back from seeking help, and what treatment options are available to those looking for recovery.
 
Discussion points:
  • Understand how mental health and addiction affect first responders
  • Explore the cause and effect of operational stress injuries (OSI)
  • Address the stigma surrounding disclosure
  • Know the options available for help and treatment, including EHN Canada's newest facility dedicated for first responders, healthcare workers, and military - Gateway Recovery Centre
 
Presenter Bios:
 
Joanna Anderson, MSW, RSW, Executive Director, Gateway Recovery Centre
Joanna is the Executive Director of Gateway Recovery Centre–Canada's first facility dedicated exclusively to the treatment of trauma and addiction among military, first responders, and frontline healthcare workers. Located in Peterborough, ON, Gateway welcomed its first cohort of clients in July of 2021. Joanna is no stranger to the EHN Canada network and previously held the position of Clinical Director at Bellwood Health Services, one of the organization’s flagship facilities in Toronto, ON.
 
Joanna holds a Masters of Social Work and a Honours Bachelor Degree from the University of Toronto. She trained at Toronto General Hospital on the adult inpatient psychiatry unit and went on to work at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) on the Eating Disorders Unit. Her leadership skills and experience led her to take on the role of Executive Director at Sheena’s Place, a support centre for adults with eating disorders, as well as Clinical Manager of the Eating Disorders Unit at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Additionally, Joanna has run her own private practice since 2011 specializing in the treatment of interpersonal trauma, mental health, and addictions. She is currently a candidate in the Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) program at the University of Toronto.
 
She has 4 adult children and a grand-dog named Rosie, who happily works as a therapy dog at Gateway. In her spare time, Joanna likes to travel, garden, and spend time on the lake.
 
Nick Halmasy, MACP, Registered Psychotherapist, After the Call
Nick spent a decade in the Fire Service. He spent the majority of that time as a Fire Instructor and sat on various committees within the fire service.  He has completed a Master's of Arts in Counselling and is a Registered Psychotherapist. He also founded After The Call, a free online platform for mental health resources and is a clinical director for a CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team.
 
Coleen Woodrow, BA, BSW, RSW, MSW Student, Gateway Recovery Centre, EHN Canada
Coleen has completed a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in English and a minor in Music Culture, as well as a fast track Social Work Program, both of which were taken through Memorial University, in Newfoundland. Coleen is currently enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program, with the University of Toronto, and hopes to focus on Addictions and Mental Health. Coleen is eager to further explore Trauma and Recovery, as a student with Gateway Recovery Centre.
Professionally, Coleen has worked within the Northern Communities, of Labrador, since 2017. She has had the opportunity to work within Child Protective Services (CSSD), Children Seniors and Social Development, and the Department of Mental Health and Addictions through Labrador Grenfell Health. Coleen has also completed field placements with both CSSD, as well as Community Supports, Eastern Health.
In her spare time, Coleen practices self care through physical activity, such as running and kayaking.  Coleen also explores creativity through painting, crafts, and music.

Section 21 Committee Update: Panel Discussion on Firefighter Safety

Presented ByDeputy Chief Rob Grimwood, Mississauga Fire (OAFC/Management Co-chair), John Mavrinac (OPFFA/Worker Co-Chair), Chief Mike Vilneff, Cobourg Fire Department (OAFC), Dan Worrall (OPFFA), Doug Kellam, County of Brant Fire Department (Volunteer Representative), Randy Narine (Volunteer Representative), Retired Chief Mark Pankhurst (AMO), Vic Dillabaugh (OPFFA), Juanita Martin (MOL Facilitator) and, Cathy Hoffman, Chief Human Resource Officer and General Manager, Municipality of Chatham-Kent
 
Session Overview: Section 21 Update
 
Presenter Bios:
 
Deputy Chief Rob GrimwoodMississauga Fire
Rob has recently joined the City of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services as Deputy Chief, 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 25 years.  The last 13 of which have been in various senior leadership positions. Prior to joining the City of Vaughan, he was the Fire Chief in the City of Dryden, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Haldimand County.  He has also served as a Firefighter with the City of Toronto. He worked as a Paramedic for 20 years and spent nine years as the Paramedic Chief in Haldimand County. He is the Management Co-chair of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee, an instructor for Dalhousie University’s Fire Service Management Program, and he is the Executive Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Fire Chief, where he also serves as the Chair of the OAFC Health & Safety Committee.
 
Juanita Martin, Ministry of Labour
Juanita has been with the Ministry of Labour for 14 years. She has worked as an inspector and policy advisor, leading changes to health and safety regulations. In her current role as a Provincial Specialist, she holds the Fire Services portfolio, providing guidance and advice to inspectors in the field. Juanita also works with stakeholders and enjoys her role as the Ministry lead on the Fire Services Section 21 Committee.
 
Prior to joining the Ministry of Labour, Juanita worked as a Paramedic and Training Supervisor for Hamilton EMS. She is passionate about the health and safety of first responders.
 
Presenter Bio:  John Mavrinac(OPFFA/Worker Co-Chair)
John has been a member of the Timmins Fire Department since 1997. He started as a Volunteer Firefighter and has worked his way up the ranks to his current position of Lieutenant. John has been a member of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association’s Health and Safety Committee since 2011 and currently is the Chair of this committee. John is also the Labour Co-Chair for the Ministry of Labour Fire Services Section 21 Committee and is a career highlight for him working with other H&S leaders. John is also a committee member on the following Canadian Standards Association CSA Z94.4, CSA Z180.1, CSA Z1010 and CSA Z1615, ULC S513, S515, S543 and UL3741. Locally he has been a member of the departments H&S Committee for 14 years.
 
Mike Vilneff (OAFC)
Mike started in the Fire Service in Marmora On in 1980.  He quickly became the department training officer and held that position for 2 years before becoming Fire Chief there in 1989.
Mike left Marmora in 1997 when he went to Cobourg to take on the role of Deputy Chief.  Mike was appointed Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator of Cobourg on July 1, 2013 after the retirement of Chief Allen Mann. 
Mike currently sitson numerous municipal committees including the corporate Management Team, H&S committee, Risk Management Committee, Communications Steering committee as well as the Development Review Team.  Mike is also the current Chair of the Fleming Collage Fire Program Advisory Committee.
Mike previously worked on the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal Shaping Fire Safe Communities program development team.  Mike has sat on Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Presidential (OAFC) Advisory committees and currently is on the OAFC H&S Committee as well as a member of the Provincial Ministry of Labour Section 21 Committee.  Mike is the proud father of Shelby and Sam.
 
Dan Worrall (OPFFA)
Dan CD is an Acting Captain with the Municipality of Clarington’s Emergency and Fire Services. He has been a member of the fire service for 20 years. He has held various positions at his local including President and now serves the local as the Vice President. He is a graduate of the OFM Company Officer program, the IAFF Political Training Academy, and IAFF Peer Support Team program. Dan is also currently a Canadian Forces Reserve Recruiter and CF Member since 1986, and has saw duty in the former Bosnia, Europe, across Canada and the high Canadian Arctic. He is a graduate of the RCMP First Responder Terrorism Awareness Program- Counter Terrorism Information Officer as well as a Trainer. He is a graduate of Durham Colleges Public Relations Program. He has been a member OPFFA Health and Safety Committee and part of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee since 2015.
 
Doug Kellam (Volunteer Representative)
Doug joined the fire department in 2006 as a volunteer firefighter, and later suppression Captain.  Doug started in fire prevention in 2009, as a part time public educator and communicator, progressing to full time Fire Prevention Officer.  He is also past co-chair and current member of the departments Joint Health and Safety Committee.
Doug has certifications from the Ontario Fire College with diplomas as a Fire Prevention Officer, Company Officer, and Training Officer.  NFPA certifications include Fire Inspector level 2, Fire Investigator, Fire Officer level 4, Fire Instructor level 2, Public Fire and Life Safety Educator, and Public Information Officer.
Doug has been representing Ontario’s volunteer firefighters on the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development Section 21 Fire Services Advisory Committee as a labour representative for the Firefighters Association of Ontario since 2018.
 
Randy Narine (Volunteer Representative)
Randy is a Volunteer Firefighter with Shelburne and District Fire Department and also a full time Firefighter with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services.
Randy is a Fire Educator for newcomers to Canada and a consultant for the Transportation Industry, specializing in Pharmaceuticals, and Hazardous materials. 
Randy is Consultant with Health Canada, and Transport Canada and the Chair of Choices Youth Shelter.  Randy has 12 years on Health and Safety committees. 
 
 
 
 
Mark Pankhurst (AMO)

Mark has over 32 years of fire services experience with Ajax Fire, Rama Fire and has recently retired from the Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service after more 10 years in the role of Fire Chief.  Mark remains active as a volunteer firefighter with the Township of Algonquin Highlands Fire Services which is located within Haliburton County.  During his fulltime career, Mark concurrently volunteered as a "Double Hatter" Volunteer Firefighter for many years as well.

Mark is a graduate of Ryerson University, the Ontario Fire College and he is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Trent University.  Mark is a proud member of the Ministry of Labour, Fire Services Section 21 Committee and represents the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). 

Vic Dillabaugh (OPFFA)
 
Vic started his journey in the Fire Service when he was still in high school as he joined the local Volunteer Fire Department in 1987. He quickly realized that this was the career path that he wanted to follow.
In July 1990 Vic was hired as a professional firefighter, and this has been the most rewarding career that he could have imagined.  During his time as a firefighter, Vic has been a member of the High Angle Rescue Team, Confined Space Rescue and more recently Hazardous Materials Team. Health and Safety has always been a priority in his career, and Vic joined his Local Health and Safety Committee 10 years ago. 7 years ago, Vic was asked to be the JOH&S Co-Chair for the Ottawa Fire Services and he has held that position ever since.
In 2016,  Vic was selected to be a member of the OntPFFA Health and Safety Committee and he has been working closely with that group and the Section 21 Committee ever since.  On a personal level Vic is married to a very patient wife. Vic has seven amazing children and eight grandchildren. Vic lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario.
 
Cathy Hoffman, Chief Human Resource Officer and General Manager, Municipality of Chatham-Kent

 

 

 


Cancer Prevention Panel Discussion and Ministry of Labour Update

 
Presented By: Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, City of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services, Deputy Chief Aaron Burridge, Fire & Emergency Services, Town of Ajax, Deputy Chief Ellard Beaven, Timmins Fire Department, Chief Chris Case, Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services, Chief Jeff Kirk, Springwater Fire and Emergency Services and, Junita Martin, Ministry of Labour
 
Session Overview:  A Section 21 committee panel discussion on firefighter safety, health & safety and current issues.
 
Presenter Bios: 
 
Deputy Chief Rob GrimwoodMississauga Fire
Rob has recently joined the City of Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services as Deputy Chief, 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 25 years.  The last 13 of which have been in various senior leadership positions. Prior to joining the City of Vaughan, he was the Fire Chief in the City of Dryden, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Haldimand County.  He has also served as a Firefighter with the City of Toronto. He worked as a Paramedic for 20 years and spent nine years as the Paramedic Chief in Haldimand County. He is the Management Co-chair of the Ontario Fire Services Section 21 Committee, an instructor for Dalhousie University’s Fire Service Management Program, and he is the Executive Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Fire Chief, where he also serves as the Chair of the OAFC Health & Safety Committee.
 
Deputy Chief Aaron Burridge, Fire & Emergency Services, Town of Ajax
Aaron has over two decades of experience with the Ajax Fire and Emergency Services. Deputy Chief Burridge has held positions including Volunteer Firefighter, Professional Firefighter, Qualified Captain, Training Officer and Chief Training Officer, before accepting the position of Deputy Fire Chief in October of 2016.  Deputy Burridge is an active member of the Section 21 Committee and the OAFC Health and Safety Committee.  Deputy Chief Burridge is also an active committee member on CAN/ULC S515 (Standards for Automobile Fire Fighting Apparatus) and CAN/ULC S500B (Standard development for Fire Protection Equipment and Systems).​
 
Deputy Chief Ellard Beaven, Timmins Fire Department
Ellard began his career as a volunteer in 1991 for the Timmins Fire Department and was hired as a career firefighter in 1993 for the TFD.  Ellard was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008, Captian in 2015 & Deputy in 2018.
Ellard was a Section 21 member representing OPFFA from 2003 – 2011 and is a Section 21 member representing the OAFC from 2020 – present.
Ellard has been married for 29 years (to a retired OPP Officer) and they have 3 grown kids.
 
 
Chief Chris Case, Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services
 
Chief Jeff Kirk, Springwater Fire and Emergency Services
Jeff joined the Springwater Fire & Emergency Services team, in March of 2020,  as the Fire Chief.  Prior to his new position he was the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Orillia.  He has been a member of the fire service for the past 40 years of which the last 16 years have been in a senior leadership role.  Jeff also served with the Department of National Defense and the Township of Essa in various firefighting roles. He currently serves as a PAC Leader for the County of Simcoe and serves on the OAFC Provincial Health & Safety Committee.
 
Juanita Martin, Ministry of Labour
Juanita has been with the Ministry of Labour for 14 years. She has worked as an inspector and policy advisor, leading changes to health and safety regulations. In her current role as a Provincial Specialist, she holds the Fire Services portfolio, providing guidance and advice to inspectors in the field. Juanita also works with stakeholders and enjoys her role as the Ministry lead on the Fire Services Section 21 Committee.
 
Prior to joining the Ministry of Labour, Juanita worked as a Paramedic and Training Supervisor for Hamilton EMS. She is passionate about the health and safety of first responders.
 

Preparation, Protection, & Pathogens: The Road Ahead for COVID & Future Pandemics

 
Presented By: Leonard Chu, Ministry of Health
 
Session Overview: We are stronger now, can continue to get stronger, and remain strong in the face of current and future pandemics and pathogens. Lessons and experiences gained through 2020 and 2021 are key to the strength and vitality of our fire services ... at the individual and corporate levels. Covid has been about more than just the virus, and the lessons are about more than just PPE.
 
Presenter Bio: Leonard Chu, Ministry of Health
Leonard has been a business continuity and emergency management professional since 2006, with experience including H1N1, G8-G20 preparations and response, rad-nuke preparation, and EOC process design and training. 
 
With the COVID response, Len’s background in physiology and virology has been particularly handy. He has provided COVID updates, explanations, and clarification to Community EM Coordinators across Ontario throughout much of 2020 and 2021.
 

Acute Exposure to Critical Incidents and Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Severity Among Firefighters Panel

 
Presented By: Chief Greg Hankkio, Thunder Bay Fire and Kathryn E. Sinden R.Kin., PhD
 
Presenter Bios:
Chief Greg Hankkio, Thunder Bay Fire 
Greg is the Fire Chief for Thunder Bay Fire Rescue (TBFR) and is responsible for overseeing deployment of over 200 firefighters to support the City of Thunder Bay and the surrounding areas. Greg has served with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue for thirty years. Prior to joining Thunder Bay Fire Rescue in 1991, Greg graduated from the Civil Engineering Program at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay.  In January 2008, Greg was appointed the Alternate Fire Coordinator for the Thunder Bay District by the Fire Marshal of Ontario and in 2009 he graduated from the Fire Service Administration Program at Dalhousie University with an Emergency Management specialization. Greg is a Certified Municipal Manager III (CMM III), Fire Service Executive, Fire Service Professional and he is also certified to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1021 Fire Officer Level IV.  Chief Hankkio has supported the implementation of research and subsequent findings in the design of the TBFR health and safety program.
 
Dr. Kathryn E. Sinden R.Kin., PhD
Dr.Sinden is an Associate Professor (School of Kinesiology) and Adjunct Professor (Department of Health Sciences) at Lakehead University. She is also an Affiliate Scientist and Research Lead with the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH) and is current President of the Canadian Association for Research in Work and Health (CARWH). Her clinical and research expertise is in applied ergonomics and identifying key determinants of occupational health and work performance.
 
Division Chief Dennis Brescacin, Division Chief of Administration, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue & Emergency Manager for the City of Thunder Bay
Dennis is the Division Chief of Administration with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, Emergency Manager for the City of Thunder Bay, President of Thunder Bay Professional Firefighters’ Association (IAFF Local 193) and member of the Department’s Critical Incident Response team. He is also an Occupational Health and Safety Level 2 firefighter job specific certified and former member of the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue OH&S Committee. Dennis is also the ex-officio member of the City of Thunder Bay Psychological Health & Wellness Executive Committee. Division Chief Brescacin has been instrumental in supporting the design and implementation of research initiatives that have informed development of the current Psychological Health and Safety Committee being led by Firefighter Regan Bolduc.
 
First Class Firefighter Regan Bolduc 

Regan is a professional firefighter having served with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue for 14 years and is also a member of Thunder Bay Professional Firefighters’ Association (IAFF, Local 193). Firefighter Bolduc was co-chair of the Department’s Critical Incident Response team and is an instructor for “Road to Mental Readiness” and Auto Extrication. Before starting his professional career, Regan was a volunteer firefighter with the Lappe Volunteer Fire Department where he also served as the Deputy Chief.  He has been the primary knowledge user on two Canadian Institutes of Health Research grants including an operating grant that identified the burden of critical incident exposures and manifestation of illness among TBFR firefighters. He also assisted in implementing the second phase of the same funded work that identified how various mental health management strategies including the Critical Incident Response (CIRT) team impacted both firefighters and members of the CIRT. As the previous co-chair of the CIRT and informed by those research findings, he is now leading development of the TBFR Psychological Health and Safety Committee that he structured as a way to facilitate development and implementation of mental health resources for TBFR firefighters, as a replacement to the CIRT.


Causes, Implications, and Management of Stress in the Fire Service 

 
Presented By: David Huntsman, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Associate/Lab Manager, University at Albany, SUNY, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and Steven Haynes, Director of Risk Management and Insurance, Assistant Professor of Practice University of Texas 
 
Session Overview: Firefighters are often exposed to severe stressors such as catastrophic injury to themselves or co-workers, gruesome victim incidents, rendering aid to seriously injured vulnerable victims, and death. In addition, firefighters are exposed to common management-related stressors, such as work overload, staff shortages, poor communication, and lack of support. The COVID-19 pandemic has added new layers of operational (e.g., constant exposure), managerial (e.g., constant changes in Incident Action Plans), and societal (e.g., protests and riots) stress amongst firefighters, exacerbating unbalanced demands for more services and supply of resources. Because these incidents put a strain on the emotional resources, firefighters must develop coping strategies. Existing research points to several different forms of coping that are more effective (e.g., exercise and social relationships) and less effective (e.g., drug/alcohol use and avoidance). Negative or ineffective coping strategies can lead to a variety of negative outcomes, such as depression, withdrawal, PTSD, suicide ideation, turnover intentions, and reduced performance. However, little is understood about how firefighters cope with stressors at work; even less is understood about the factors that influence firefighters’ coping decisions and how they impact firefighter’s emotional and behavioral outcomes, and no comprehensive empirical models have been tested.
 
What you will learn: This study addresses these questions by measuring the causes, implications, and management of stress in fire departments. Thus far, seven large U.S. fire departments have completed our study (survey and interviews). We measure each component of the coping process above to empirically demonstrate the effects on important mental and physical health outcomes that are relevant for firefighters. Our focus is on workplace stressors, the negative emotions that such stressors trigger, and the resulting coping strategies. We show how situational factors such as emergency service culture (e.g., hypermasculine culture, psychological safety), leadership, and spillover effects from home life determine when coping is effective or ineffective, and how coping influences affective and behavioral responses important for firefighter safety and well-being. These insights will help to solve questions related to the conditions that predict when firefighters are likely to engage coping behaviors that can be harmful to themselves, others, and/or their department with far more accuracy. Addressing the ambiguities described above will thus provide evidence that can be used to develop solutions related to negative coping, depression, PTSD, suicide, and other mental and behavioral issues currently prominent in the fire service (Henderson, Van Haselt, LeDuc, & Couwels, 2016). 
 
Presenter Bios: David Huntsman, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Associate/Lab Manager, University at Albany, SUNY, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
David is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University at Albany, SUNY, where he manages a research lab and helps lead numerous grant-funded projects related to risk communication. He holds a PhD in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University. He conducts interdisciplinary, primarily quantitative research on many other topics related to emergency management, including organizational behavior and hazard adjustments.
 
Steven Haynes, Director of Risk Management and Insurance, Assistant Professor of Practice University of Texas 
Steven is an Assistant Professor of Practice and the Director of the Risk Management and Insurance Program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Steven is an experienced practitioner with over a decade of continuity and disaster risk management experience and served proudly in the United States Navy. His research interests include risk analysis, organizations under crisis, mixed methods research design, and disaster science. His research has been published in Safety Science and the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning.

 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Why sponsor
 
Sponsoring the OAFC Health & Safety Training Workshop helps with your brand recognition, connections, and helps achieve your marketing goals specifically tailored to your desired audience. In addition, you can be proud to know that your commitment goes towards helping Ontario's fire service leaders further promote and protect public and firefighter safety.  The OAFC continues to advocate on behalf of Ontario's fire service personnel, whether it be mental health services and supports, fire and building code amendments, advocacy on life saving equipment, public education initiatives, or another topic, your sponsorship assists us with achieving our vision of inspiring and influencing a safer Ontario.
 

Sponsorship Inclusions

  • Company profile – Name, logo, website, and social media links. Plus, a banner ad in a prime location at the top of our Health & Safety website.
  • Access for you and your staff to the online sessions.
  • Electronic copies of the online session registration list with contact details.
  • Recognition in all Health & Safety Workshop e-communications, and on the website leading up to the event.
  • Downloadable PDFs of your company profile sent to all attendees.
  • Questions included in the post conference survey and your company logo on the post event survey.
  • Company logo displayed during the workshop.
  • Welcome and Introduction at beginning of session.
  • Company logo displayed at the end of the workshop and in the waiting room before the day begins.
  • Opportunity to provide a short video clip advertising your organization.
OAFC Industry Member:
Industry Member Sponsor 
$2000.00

Non-Member: 

Non-Member Sponsor 
$2,500.00

A special thank you to our sponsors for your continued support of the association, and the fire service in Ontario!

 
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