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Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services conference 2011

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The Ontario contingent at the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services conference in Gander June 17-20 with NLAFS  president Vince MacKenzie (second from left): Kitchener Fire Chief, OAFC president and FFIC columnist Tim Beckett, FFIC editor Laura King, and Woodstock firefighter and FFIC/CFF columnist Mark van der Feyst. 

June 22, 2011
By Fire Fighting in Canada
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Opening ceremonies at the NLAFS in Gander, June 2011.NLAFS trade show 2011.


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NLAFS Region 1 director Melvin Harnum, from Heart's Delight.NLAFS presdident Vince MacKenzie at the trade show Friday night.

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Former Brampton, Ont., firefighter Michael Raine , who is now the chief in Portugal Cove-St. Philips, with deputy chief Ian Mercer. Friday night at the NLAFS conference.

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Open forum with the NLAFS executive.FFIC columnist Mark van der Feyst during his "Profiling for rescue" presentation at the NLAFS conference.

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Corner Brook fire chief Neville Wheaton and friends – Wheaton is president of the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association, which holds its conference in Fredericton in July.  Screeching-In of the come-from-aways Saturday night – this is before the silly hats, dancing of jigs and consuming of Newfoundland and Labrador, um, specialties.

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 The one-man band! The Ontario contingent . . .

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FFIC columnists Mark van der Feyst (left) and Vince MacKenzie, president of the NLAFS and fire chief in Grand Falls-Windsor.Corner Brook chief Neville Wheaton cuts a rug! 

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 The Ontario contingent with new BFFs from Fogo Island! Vince, Tracey and Roxanne . . .

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Group picture – need a wider lens!Serious business . . .  


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NLAFS members listen to discussion on a proposal to write a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper opposing the closure of the 12-person search-and-rescue call centre in St. John's.The motion to write a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper opposing the closure of the maritime rescue centre, passes.

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Applause after the motion passes.Prize draw!

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Keeper of the ballots Melvin Harnum . . .Trade show guru Wince Crocker.


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OAFC president Tim Beckett, hoping his ballot gets picked in the prize draw. It did!Runway models . . .

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The Twillingate mobile – a big hit!Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale addresses the NLAFS at the banquet Sunday night.

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The Ontario contingent – cleans up well!A classy evening . . .

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Premier Dunderdale and President MacKenzie present a 40-year longservice award from the associaiton to Gerald Ingram Channel-Port aux Basques.Premier Dunderdale and President MacKenzie presents a 40-year longservice award from the association to Eric Edison from Botwood.  

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President MacKenzie addresses NLAFS members at Sunday night's banquet.NLAFS past-president Richard Murphy speaks after receiving a lifetime membership in the association.

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Sunday night banquet.The 2011-2012 executive with Fire Commissioner Fred Hollett (right).

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OAFC president Tim Becket addresses the NLAFS.FFIC columnist and Woodstock, Ont., firefighter Mark van der Feyst with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale. 

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The gentlemen from Happy Valley-Goose Bay.The red serge was a big hit!


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