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
Topic
Speaker(s)
May 25
Fire Service Cancer Prevention Checklist Awareness 
Trevor Fish and Juanita Martin, MLTSD and Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service 
June 8
Consumer Product Safety Program 101: Including Legislation and Regulations, Incident Reporting, The Uncertified Smoke and CO Alarms issue and The Planned Public Outreach Campaign
Franco LaRiccia, Joe Seregelyi & Laura Webster, Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada
June 22
Mandatory Vaccinations - NEW
Michael Kennedy & Amanda Cohen, Hicks Morley
July 13
Fire Truck Purchasing 101
Rod Harris, Emergency Vehicles Specialist
August 10
NFPA Update: Technology & Tools To Make Your Work Life More Efficient & Effective
Laura King, Public-Education Representative, National Fire Protection Association
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 - NEW
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

  • 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

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.
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFCLearning
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OAFC Online Learning Series Speaker & Presentation Overviews

 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - Fire Service Cancer Prevention Checklist Awareness 

Presented By: Trevor Fish and Juanita Martin, MLTSD and Deputy Chief Rob Grimwood, Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service
 
Session Overview:  This webinar is intended for fire service leaders and fire service members to better understand the recently released Fire Service Cancer Prevention Checklist. This checklist was developed by the Ministry of Labour in consultation with the Section 21 Committee and was recently posted on the Ontario.ca website. This checklist is intended to be used as a self-audit tool for fire departments to determine what processes and procedures exist that will reduce firefighter contamination and reduce the prevalence of firefighter cancer.
 
This webinar will feature a Chief Fire Officer speaking to the cancer prevention checklist from an operational perspective and two Ministry of Labour staff who will provide Ministry of Labour perspective on how they view the cancer prevention checklist and how it will be considered during Ministry of Labour enforcement efforts.
 
You will learn:
  • Background of the Cancer Prevention Checklist 
  • What does the Cancer Prevention Checklist mean to a fire chief?
  • How can you use it and how the checklist can be embedded into a fire department’s health & safety program
  • Ministry of Labour's role with the Cancer Prevention Checklist? 
  • How you can get started, a few quick tips.
Presenter Bios:
 
Rob Grimwood, Deputy Chief, Vaughan Fire & Rescue
Rob is the Deputy Chief of Training, Safety & Special Operations for the City of Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service.  Deputy Chief Grimwood has been in the fire service for 25 years, the last 13 of which have been in 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.  Furthermore, he was also a firefighter with the City of Toronto. He also worked as a paramedic for 20 years and spent nine of those years as the Paramedic Chief in Haldimand County. He is the management Co-chair of the Ontario Fire Service Section 21 Committee, an instructor for Dalhousie University’s Fire Service Management Program, and is the Secretary and member of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Board of Directors where he also serves as Chair of the OAFC Health & Safety Committee.

Juanita Martin, Provincial Specialist, Ministry of Labour
Juanita has been with the Ministry of Labour for 14 years. She started as an inspector and has worked her way to becoming a policy advisor where she led 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.
 
 
 
 
Trevor Fish,  Ministry of Labour
TBA
 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - Consumer Product Safety Program 101: Including Legislation and Regulations, Incident Reporting, The Uncertified Smoke and CO Alarms Issue and the Planned Public Outreach Campaign

Presented By: Franco LaRiccia, Joe Seregelyi, and Laura Webster, Risk Assessment Bureau, Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada, Government of Canada
 
Session Overview:  Representatives from Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) will provide an overview of the CPSP including legislation and regulations.  
 
You will learn:
  • How to report consumer product safety incidents to Health Canada
  • Update on compliance, enforcement, and outreach work being carried out on uncertified smoke and carbon monoxide alarms sold online.
Presenter Bios:
 
Franco LaRiccia, Unit Head, Electrical Products, Risk Assessment Bureau
Consumer and Hazardous Product Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada 
Franco is currently the Electrical Products Unit Head for the Risk Assessment Division of the Consumer and Hazardous Product Safety Directorate at Health Canada. In this role he is responsible for the safety related assessments of electrical products. In addition to more than 10 years in government, he has almost 25 years of experience as a design engineer and manager in the consumer electronics, military and telecom industries. He holds executive level positions on several safety related technical committees including the Canadian Advisory Council on Electrical Safety (CACES) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee on Consumer and Commercial Products (TCCCP). Franco has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
 
Joe Seregelyi, Senior Engineer, Risk Assessment Bureau, Consumer and Hazardous Product Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada 
Joe received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Engineering Physics from McMaster University in Hamilton. He has worked for a number of organizations over the years including: the National Research Council, the Communication Research Center (ISED), and as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Ottawa. He is currently a Senior Engineer and Technical Risk Analyst with the Consumer Product Safety Program at Health Canada. Joe has extensive knowledge in multiple technical disciplines. He has an extensive publication history, and holds multiple patents in photonics and microwave heating and imaging. His current interests are in the safety performance of Li-ion batteries, and predicting product failures using data analysis. 
 
Laura Webster, Senior Corporate Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement Advisor, Enforcement Unit, Risk Management Bureau, Consumer and Hazardous Product Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch, Health Canada 
Laura received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Guelph.  Laura has over 12 years experience working in a regulatory program within Health Canada. In her current role, she is responsible for compliance and enforcement policies and procedures involving electrical consumer products, coordinating and publishing product recalls and planning and implementing national compliance verification projects.
 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021- Mandatory Vaccinations

Presented By: Michael Kennedy & Amanda Cohen, 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.

Amanda Cohen, Hicks Morley
Amanda is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She provides advice and representation to employers and management in both the private and public sector on a wide-range of labour, employment and human rights issues, including grievance arbitrations, collective bargaining, labour disputes, occupational health and safety, human rights and accommodation and employment standards.
Amanda received her Juris Doctor from Queen’s University. While studying at Queen’s, she competed in a number of provincial moots including the National Labour Arbitration Competition. She also worked at the Queen’s Legal Aid Clinic, assisting clients in managing employment and other contract disputes. Before attending law school, Amanda received a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours with Distinction) from the University of Guelph. Amanda summered and articled with the firm before returning as an associate in 2018.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Fire Truck Purchasing 101

Presented By: Rod Harris, Emergency Vehicles Specialist
 
Session Overview:  The basic elements of specifying and purchasing fire apparatus.
 
You will learn:
  • Decipher the buying process.
    • Tenders, RFPs, and Cooperatives.
  • How to determine your requirements.
    • What do you need? Configurations and expectations.
  • Creating your specifications.
    • Chassis, pumps, importance of detail, cut the waste.
  • Request to Quote and Evaluating proposals.
    • Issuing documents.
    • Evaluating the responses and contents.
Presenter Bio:
Rod Harris, Emergency Vehicles Specialist
Rod has been assisting municipal fire services aquire new and used fire apparatus for over 18 years. Having represented several leading brands of fire apparatus in North America, Rod has unique industry insight as to the supply side process of purchasing fire apparatus as well as the municipal purchase side.  
 
Rod has been directly involved in the sale and delivery of over 350 pieces of fire apparatus in Ontario. In addition to those deliveries was the exercise and experience to respond to over 1500 tenders, RFPs, RFQs, and other procurement methods used by municipalities today. Throughout his career, he has pursued value based solutions for fire departments across the Province.
 
His focus is on cost saving and functional solutions for his clients, allowing for creative design, innovation, turn-key, and cost effective vehicles to be delivered to the end user. In addition, Rod has assisted countless departments in the specification process of defining their apparatus.
 
During this presentation you will learn about: 
 
  • Equipment assessment and recommendations.
  • Equipment design and definition.
  • Specification preparation, tenders, RFPs, RFQs etc.
  • Proposal evaluation and contract award.
  • Equipment location and organizing.
  • Assisting Purchasing and procurement.
  • Proposal evaluations.
  • Apparatus inspection.
  • Final delivery and commissioning.

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

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, 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
 
BIO TBA


 
 
 

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)
$500.00
Industry Member Sponsor – Series of 3 sessions
$1,200.00
Industry Member Sponsor – Series of 12 sessions
$5,500.00

Non-Member 

Non-Member Sponsor (single session)
$750.00
Non-Member Sponsor – Series of 3 sessions
$2,000.00
Non-Member Sponsor – Series of 12 sessions
NA
 
 
Don't forget to tweet #OAFCLearning
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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!