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Former Fire Chief Gilles La Madeleine (right), CFO of the Beloeil Fire Service in Quebec, accepts the award of Full-time Fire Chief of the Year from Jim MacLeod (left), of Fire Underwriters' Survey, at the closing ceremonies of CAFC 2011 Wednesday evening. Fire Chief Charles Boyte (not pictured), CFO, Fire Chief of Pender Island Fire Rescue in British Columbia, was named Canada's Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year. Photo by Tim Beckett.
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September 26, 2011
By Carey Fredericks
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Former Fire Chief Gilles La Madeleine (right), CFO of the Beloeil Fire
Service in Quebec, accepts the award of Full-time Fire Chief of the Year from Jim MacLeod (left), of Fire Underwriters' Survey, at the closing ceremonies of CAFC 2011 Wednesday evening. Fire Chief Charles Boyte (not pictured), CFO, Fire Chief of Pender Island Fire Rescue in British Columbia, was named Canada's Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year. Photo by Tim Beckett.
 

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CAFC's unplugged session with Calgary Chief Bruce Burrell (left), Fire Engineering editor Bobby Halton and Brant, Ont., Fire Chief Paul Boissoneault. Cost cutting, budgets, diversity, and fire/EMS were the first items for discussion.Former CFL Toronto Argonaut Mike "Pinball" Clemons was a huge hit with chiefs during his presentation Wednesday morning. Photo by Rob Evans.
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CAFC President Rob Simonds addresses delegates to Fire-Rescue 2011 in Calgary on Monday, recounting the successes of the last year including the federal tax credit for volunteer firefighters and the CAFC’s status as a trusted advisor to the Conservative government.Ken Kelly of the Yarmouth Fire Department brings greetings from Nova Scotia to delegates at Fire-Rescue 2011 in Calgary.

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Lethbridge Fire Chief Brian Cornforth, who is also the president of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association, welcomes delegates to Fire-Rescue 2011 in Calgary on Monday.Dawson City Fire Chief Jim Regimbald and Deputy Chief Dan Heney of Prince Albert, Sask., bring greetings on behalf of their respective territorial/provincial associations to Fire-Rescue 2011 delegates on Monday.

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Vince MacKenzie, the fire chief in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L., brings greetings on behalf of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services to delegates at the CAFC’s Fire-Rescue 2011 conference in Calgary.Retired Fire Chief Daniel Gardiner of Fairfield. CT., gives the keynote address at Fire-Rescue 2011 on Monday in Calgary, focusing on firefighter safety and fire protection in the 21st century.

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Delegates to Fire-Rescue 2011 in Calgary enjoy speaker Daniel Gardiner on Monday.
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Delegates to Fire-Rescue 2011 in Calgary enjoy speaker Daniel Gardiner on Monday. 

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Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart discusses the challenges of the September 2010 highrise fire at 200 Wellesley St. including high winds, extreme temperatures and the heavy fuel load caused by hoarding in the unit of origin on the 24th floor. Barb and Bill Johnston from the Centre for Applied Human Dynamics explain how to communicate so council will listen, or understanding personality types.

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Delegates to Fire-Rescue 2011 are divided into one of personality groups based on characteristics such as being task oriented or people oriented. It was a telling exercise!The Girletz Rodeo Ranch hosted delegates to Fire-Rescue 2011 Monday night in Calgary, with a traditional Alberta feast, a bull-riding competition and other high quality entertainment!

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Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs President Tim Beckett gets into the spirit of the west at the CAFC’s fun night in Calgary on Monday.CAFC conference speaker (and Ontario resident) Bill Johnston embraces the western culture.

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Quebec delegates to the CAFC’s Fire-Rescue 2011 entertain delegates with the Quebecois version of line dancing . . .Eight seconds . . .

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The Ontario/Maritime contingent enjoys the Alberta entertainment at the CAFC’s Fire-Rescue 2011 conference Monday night at the Girletz Rodeo Ranch. 

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Country superstar Paul Brandt entertains delegates to the CAFC’s Fire-Rescue 2011 conference in Calgary. Word is that Calgary Chief Bruce Burrell knows someone who knows someone with music-industry clout! Brandt made a cameo appearance last year in the video to promote the 2011 conference, leading to much speculation that he would perform this year. Country superstar Paul Brandt with Fire Fighting in Canada editor Laura King.

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Country superstar Paul Brandt with Grand Falls-Windsor Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie. Julian Fantino, associate minister of national defence, speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2011 Canadian  Association of Fire Chiefs conference, promising to work with the CAFC and other first-responder groups on interoperability. Photo by Rob Evans.

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An Aboriginal elder blesses the
opening ceremony. Photo by Rob
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An Aboriginal hoop dancing
champion put on an amazing show at the opening of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs convention in Calgary Sunday evening.
Photo by Rob Evans.

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Rob Simonds, president of the
CAFC, addresses delegates at
Sunday's opening ceremony.
Photo by Rob Evans.
 

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Calgary's high-angle rescue
team puts on a show for delegates of the CAFC conference at the opening ceremonies Sunday night at the Calgary Fire Academy. Photo by Rob Evans. 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper on a video message
to the CAFC in which he acknowledged the tax credit for volunteer
firefighters.
Photo by Laura King.

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(Left to right) Calgary Chief of Police
Rick Hansen, Julian Fantino, associate minister of national defence;
Calgary MLA Wayne Cao and Calgary Fire Chief Bruce Burrell at Sunday's
opening ceremony. Photo by Rob Evans.
CAFC executive members with
Fantino and other guest speakers at Sunday's opening ceremony. Photo by Laura King.

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Calgary fire display at the luggage carousel at Calgary airport – now this is fire-department marketing! Photo by Laura King. Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart talks to the delegates about the Sept. 24, 2010, wind-driven highrise fire that challenged his department. Photo by Rob Evans.