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Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services conference 2011

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
Opening ceremonies at the NLAFS in Gander, June 2011.NLAFS trade show 2011.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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! 

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

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

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.

Applause after the motion passes.Prize draw!

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

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

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

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

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.  

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

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

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

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

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