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Fire Rescue Canada 2018: the National Conference of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs

Preliminary Program at a Glance! (as at June 29, 2018)

Westin Hotel Ottawa, September 16-19, 2018


The preliminary program for Fire Rescue Canada has been released and registration is open!

Welcome All.  Visit our FRC website for details and check back often for updates!


OPENING CEREMONIES: This evening honors chief officers who passed away since FRC2017. Dignitaries and special guests participate in this poignant event and includes a Procession, Honour Guard, and pipe and drums generously provided by Ottawa Fire Service. Welcome Reception to follow the service.

COMPANIONS PROGRAM: Recognizing the importance of family in our sector, CAFC has prepared a fabulous companion’s program. It will be kicked off by Fire Chief Ken McMullen and Ms. Rae McMullen who welcome companions with an opening breakfast session.

KEYNOTE Assist. Dep. Chief Tyler Pelke


+ POLICY CONGRESS: Did you know what our partners in the federal government from Transport Canada, to Health Canada and Public Health, to Defense Research Development Canada and Public Safety are doing to help the fire service? All have been invited to share their efforts and expertise with us. More information will follow as we receive confirmations.

+ TOWN HALL & LIGHTNING TALKS! Check back for more detail

BREAK OUT SESSION #1: Ammonia Response: Lessons Learned by a Small Composite Department

Fire Chief Ted Ruiter, Fernie Fire Rescue, BC.

BREAKOUT SESSION #2: Gender Equity in Fire Rescue Services, Superintendent Nina Vaughan,Calgary Police Services, AB.

BREAKOUT SESSION #3: Canadian Research on Firefighter Health: The State of the Nation

Associate Director, Heidi Cramm, Queen's University and Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment.


#4: NFPA’s New Effect Tool: Helping Authorities Having Jurisdiction and others proactively assess, priorities, and remediate combustible façade fire risks in high rise buildings, Shayne Mintz, National Fire Protection Association

BREAKOUT SESSION #5: The impact of fire attack utilizing interior and exterior streams: Firefighter Safety and Occupant Survivability, Keith Stakes, National Institute for Standards and Technology, US.

BREAKOUT SESSION #6: R2MR for the volunteer fire service, Fire Chief Rob Evans, Redwood Meadows, AB.


BREAKOUT SESSION #7: Unmasked, a personal journey through Mental Health and Addiction in the Fire Service, Captain Chris Howe, Niagara Falls, ON.


FireSmart Canada: Wild Fire Risk Reducation Benefits of partnerships and collaborations in the wildland/urban Interface.

Kelly Johnson, FireSmart Canada.

+ TRADESHOW, Breakfast and Lunch Sessions! Check back for more detail

KEYNOTE: John Saunders and Karen Gordon ~


BREAKOUT SESSION #9: Just when you finally decoded millenials, iGENs are here! Allison McFarland, Bethel College, Newton, KS.

BREAKOUT SESSION #10: Response on the Highway thru Hell. Fire Chief Tom Desorcy, Hope, BC., Mark Miller, Producer.

BREAKOUT SESSION #11: Management of Unwarranted False Alarms, Fire Chief Don Jolley, Pitt Meadows, BC.

BREAKOUT SESSION #12: Understanding water supply for fire protection, Shayne Mintz, National Fire Protection Association.

BREAKOUT SESSION #13: Creating an inclusive recruitment and engaging workplace culture. Fire Chief David Cunliffe, Hamilton, ON and Helen Tomasik, ProfitHR

BREAKOUT SESSION #14: A cooperative approach to dangerous goods emergency management. Spencer Buckland, ERAC.

BREAKOUT SESSION #15: Pandemonium in a prairie city: how a fire department and its university partner uncovered the behaviours causing residential cooking fires. Fire Chief Layne Jackson, Regina, SK, Fire Marshall Randy Ryba, Regina, SK.

BREAKOUT SESSION #16: The Latest from the Pub-Ed Tool Shed. Laura King, National Fire Protection Association.

+ GALA, FUN NIGHT, & MORE! Check back for more detail





For all conference enquiries:


Bobbi Hoffman, CMP

Tel:  (519) 263-5050



Highlights from Fire-Rescue Canada 2017

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