OAFC Online Learning Series

OAFC Online Learning Series

The OAFC continues to evolve to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world - and our online learning series is no different. Our priority, as always, is to provide our members with unique and invaluable experiences to help them in their roles as fire service and community leaders. 
The OAFC's mission is to lead innovation and excellence in public and life safety. We endeavour to promote excellence and innovation in the areas of education and training, legislation and public policy, fire, and membership services. 
The OAFC Online Learning Series is not a sales pitch, it won't promote any specific service, technology, or product - but is a series of educational sessions jam packed with information, tips, tricks, and tangible take-aways to educate and help you protect your community.  The Online Learning Series is provided free to our Individual Members but has a small fee for non-members. Some sessions will be restricted to OAFC membership only, while others will be open to the entire fire service.  Each individual learning session on the registration page will outline who is able to attend. 

Our Online Learning Series take place approximately once a month via ZOOM Meeting and are approximately an hour in duration.

Upcoming Online Learning Series Sessions

2021 Dates
August 10
NFPA Update: Technology & Tools To Make Your Work Life More Efficient & Effective - Sponsored by:
Laura King, Public-Education Representative, National Fire Protection Association
August 17
NG 9-1-1 *NEW
Chris Kellett
Chair - CRTC Emergency Services [E9-1-1] Working Group (ESWG)
September 14
Human Trafficking 101
Deputy Chief Jeremy Inglis, Central York Fire Services, and Krystal Snider, Collaborative Community Solutions
October 12
Workforce Diversification, The Legalities of Council Directed Hiring Quotas and Affirmative Action Strategies 
Michael Kennedy & Team, Hicks Morley

Future Online Learning Series Topics

We are also in the process of planning additional opportunities and topics for the Online Learning Series on the following topics:

  • Rescue Tools, Presented by A.J. Stone Company Ltd.
  • Fire Investigation Services
  • Fire Sprinklers
  • Facts About Firefighting Foam
If you have a topic that you would us to explore as part of our online learning series, please contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca.

Past Online Learning Series Topics

  • Fire Truck Purchasing 101
  • Mandatory Vaccinations - Sponsored by: Hicks Morley
  • Consumer Product Safety Program 101: Including Legislation and Regulations, Incident Reporting, The Uncertified Smoke and CO Alarms issue and The Planned Public Outreach Campaign
  • Fire Service Cancer Prevention Checklist Awareness - Sponsored by: Starfield LION 
  • MTO CAS Invoicing Session 
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit (EPRU)
  • Water Flow, Presented by A.J. Stone Company Ltd.
  • Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS)
  • Managing Your Fire Department During COVID-19, Presented by Hicks Morley
  • How Entitlement for Mental Stress is Determined by the WSIB
  • what3words - A geocode system designed to identify any location with a resolution of about 3 metres.


Sponsorship opportunites are available. For more information on the benefits of sponsoring the OAFC Online Learning Series, please visit 
If you would like more information on our sponsorship opportunities, please contact OAFC Event and Trade Show Manager Kris Newton at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca

About Us

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs represents the chief fire officers of the 441 municipal fire departments in the Province of Ontario.  These chief officers are ultimately responsible, by statute, for the management and delivery of fire, rescue, and emergency response to the 14.5 million residents of Ontario.
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OAFC Online Learning Series Speaker & Presentation Overviews

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - NFPA Update: Technology & Tools To Make Your Work Life More Efficient & Effective - Sponsored by: 

Presented By: Laura King, Public-education Representative Canada, National Fire Protection Association
Session Overview: You've heard the joke: Everyone wants change but no one wants TO change.  Since March 2020, change has been the only constant.

As the delivery of fire prevention and fire-safety education evolves within the parameters of the pandemic and beyond, fire departments must embrace new ways to identify risks, reach target audiences, complete inspections, and communicate prevention messages.

NFPA and its partners are working diligently to create new resources, disseminate new information, and build new materials to ensure all fire-department personnel – from chiefs to inspectors and educators – have the tools to do their jobs efficiently, effectively, and safely.

NFPA’s Laura King highlights emerging technology that bolsters the first line of defence, introduces initiatives that help fire departments mold their messages, and guides participants through updates to NFPA's programs, platforms, codes and standards, and educational material.

Presenter Bio:
Laura King, Public-education Representative Canada, National Fire Protection Association
Laura is the NFPA’s public-education representative for Canada, helping fire departments from coast-to-coast-to-coast develop risk-reduction programs. Laura was editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines for 10 years before moving to NFPA in September 2017. Laura was previously a reporter and editor at newspapers and other publications across Canada and the United States for many years.  Laura has an honours degree in journalism, political science, and public administration. She is a certified Road to Mental Readiness instructor; has a certificate in Introduction to Incident Management Systems; and is NFPA 1035 certified as a Level 2 fire-and life-safety educator.  Laura is usually on the road, and is desperately missing travel!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - NG-911

Presented By: Chris Kellett, Chair - CRTC Emergency Services [E9-1-1] Working Group (ESWG)
Session Overview: Coming Soon!
Presenter Bio: 
Chris is a former superintendent who retired after a fulfilling and distinguished 32 year career as a police officer with the Edmonton Police Service in Alberta, Canada
(1981 to 2013).  Chris is a recognized Canadian expert in the areas of 9-1-1 and emergency services dispatch, having spent over 20 years of his career working at the operational, technical, and management levels of these mission critical operations. This also included all aspects of project management for computer aided dispatch, records management, fixed/mobile radio, mobile computer terminals, and enterprise-wide telephony.  Chris has been a sought after 9-1-1 and emergency dispatch expert for many years. In 2012, he established his own consulting business (Chris Kellett & Associates Ltd.) and has been very busy working with 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) and emergency dispatch agencies (police, fire, and ambulance/EMS) across Canada.
Chris has participated with and led numerous municipal, provincial, national, and
international committees in all the disciplines detailed above. He is on the current
executive of the Alberta E9-1-1 Advisory Association (AEAA), a member of the
Association of 9-1-1 Service Providers of British Columbia (ABC911), as well as serving his 13th term as the elected (volunteer) Chair of the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC) Emergency Services [9-1-1] Working Group (ESWG). Chris is the current lead for several CRTC ESWG tasks related to next generation 9-1-1 in Canada.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - Human Trafficking 101

Presented By: Deputy Chief Jeremy Inglis, Central York Fire Department and Krystal Snider, Collaborative Community Solutions
Session Overview: Human trafficking is a serious criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Human trafficking can include recruiting, harbouring or controlling a person’s movements using force, physical or psychological coercion, or deception. Traffickers often make victims do labour (for example, domestic, physical, and manual labour) or sexual servicesMost police-reported cases in Ontario are girls and women who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Indigenous women and girls are especially vulnerable to being targeted by traffickers.
This session will give you an overview of the human trafficking industry and signs to look for that someone might be a victim of human trafficking.
You will learn:
  • Types of human trafficking
  • Statistics for Ontario and Canada
  • Signs of trafficking and vulnerable groups
  • Human trafficking cases and fire services
  • Ways to intervene
  • Developing your services response
Presenter Bio:
Krystal Snider, Collaborative Community Solutions 
Krystal has worked in the non-profit sector for over 13 years supporting survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence. She is a survivor of Human Trafficking and was able to lead the mobilization of the Niagara Regions' Human Trafficking Emergency Response Protocol. She has been able to speak about ending human trafficking across Canada and in 2019, Johannesburg. She is a recipient of the Niagara 40 under 40 award. Krystal and Jeremy developed the first Human Trafficking Awareness Training program in Canada.
Deputy Chief Jeremy Inglis, Central York Fire Department


Tuesday, October 12, 2021- Workforce Diversification. The Legalities of Council Directed Hiring Quotas and Affirmative Action Strategies

Presented By: Michael Kennedy & Team, Hicks Morley 

Session Overview: Coming Soon

Presenter Bios:
Michael J. Kennedy, Hicks Morley
Michael is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Michael is counsel to a wide variety of broader public sector employers, such as universities and municipalities, and large private sector employers.
Michael’s practice regularly takes him across the province. He is chair of the firm’s University practice group and is the former chair of the Municipal practice group.
Michael appears as counsel in labour and employment disputes involving the courts, arbitration, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  Michael also has extensive experience in providing strategic bargaining advice and has unique experience as counsel in over 60 interest disputes.
More preesenter information coming soon!

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Online Learning Series 2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

As we adjust to a world changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the OAFC Online Learning Series allows fire and emergency services personnel and vendors from all across Ontario and beyond to connect, share knowledge, and learn about the latest industry developments.

Using a digital platform allows the OAFC to continue to offer our sector thought leadership, while safeguarding the health and safety of our members, staff, and colleagues. It also allows participants to stay informed and connected from the comfort of their own office! 

Sponsors and partners are integral to providing participants with an experience that continues to educate, entertain, and inform. The OAFC Online Learning Series will allow attendees to explore new ideas and hear from local and international experts. It affords the perfect forum to support your business by making connections and promoting your business through the OAFC’s new virtual marketing opportunities.

Why sponsor

Supporting an OAFC Online Learning Session helps with your brand recognition, connections, and helps achieve your marketing goals specifically to your desired audience. In addition, you can be proud to know that your commitment goes to helping Ontario's fire service leader's further protect and promote public and firefighter safety.  The OAFC continues to advocate for the health and safety of our fire service personnel.  Whether it be through; mental health services and supports; fire and building code amendments; advocacy on life saving equipment; public education initiatives, and more. 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 online learning series website.
  • Access for you and your staff to the online session.
  • Electronic copy of the online session registration list with contact details.
  • Recognition in all OAFC Online Learning Series e-communications, and on the website leading up to the event.
  • Downloadable PDFs of your company profile sent to all attendees.
  • Questions included in post conference survey & logo on post event survey.
  • Right of first refusal for the next online learning opportunity.
  • Logo displayed during the online learning opportunity.
  • Welcome and Introduction at beginning of session.
  • Company logo displayed at the end of the webinar.
  • Verbal recognition by moderator.
  • Opportunity to provide a short video clip advertising your organization.

OAFC Online Learning Session Opportunities:

OAFC Industry Member :

Industry Member Sponsor (single session)
Industry Member Sponsor – Series of 3 sessions
Industry Member Sponsor – Series of 12 sessions


Non-Member Sponsor (single session)
Non-Member Sponsor – Series of 3 sessions
Non-Member Sponsor – Series of 12 sessions

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

Don't forget to tweet #OAFCLearning
The official hashtag of the OAFC 2021 Online Learning Series!

Contact Us

For questions regarding the OAFC Online Learning Series, or any of our events, please contact Kris Newton, Events & Trade Show Manager by email at kris.newton@oafc.on.ca.
The OAFC Online Learning Series is offered monthly at no cost to Individual members. It is important to note that some sessions are reserved for specific membership categories and there may be a small fee for non-members who would like to attend the open sessions. 
If you have any topic suggestions, would like to speak at one of our online learning sessions, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kris Newton, Events and Trade Show Manager by email to kris.newton@oafc.on.ca
Don't forget to tweet #OAFCLearning
The official hashtag of the OAFC 2021 Online Learning Series!