By Laura King
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Finally coming up for air after the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs conference and trade show in Toronto this week.
- The inaugural Beyond Helmets
and Hoses leadership program for fire officers Friday night and Saturday
with, among others, come-from-aways Jody Price, president of the New Brunswick Association
of Fire Chefs and Vince MacKenzie,
president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services.
(See Fire Fighting in Canada, May 2010.)
- Billy Goldfeder Sunday
morning – his presentation has evolved to include dozens of photos of
grandson Henry (Henry with a fire truck, Henry in his fire truck bed,
Henry playing with fire truck toys . . . you get the picture) but the safety
message and the passion remain.
|Billy Goldfeder’s shtick is entertaining but his message is clear: safety on the fire ground. His Ohio fire department sends five chiefs and 30 firefighters to all first alarms.|
- Fire training at the Toronto Fire Academy Sunday afternoon with DC Dennis
Carter, Capt. Bill Millar Jr. and a crew of very helpful and patient
training staff along with retired Toronto deputy chief and chauffeur Terry
|Municipal counsellors from Moosonee, St. Clair, Cobourg and Stirling-Rawdown, and one editor/blogger (right), pay close attention to the vehicle extrication explanation during training Sunday at the Toronto Fire College.
|Capt. Bill Millar adjusts SCBA mask for the civilians.|
|A little worse for wear (it was 23 degrees and extremely humid) after vehicle extrication and vehicle fire training, the smoke house and small-space challenges.
on leadership from Major General Lewis MacKenzie (retired) – a fellow Cape Bretoner,
and one of many I met this week! – on Monday;
official unveiling of the Emergency Response Support Plan in partnership
with Home Depot of Canada Inc.
vendors at the very busy trade show Monday afternoon.
Simcoe County Fire Chiefs in their matching attire.
|Fire officers from Simcoe County with the new Dependable-built rescue-command truck for Wasaga Beach.|
Tuesday, Vickie Pritchett and Shane Roy from Tennessee
(and I thought the Cape Breton
accent was something!) explaining how to get councils and builders to buy
into residential sprinklers;
Fire Marshal Pat Burke revealing a long-awaited new company officer
training program to much applause.
governmental affairs committee reps John Granby and Steve Lawrence
explaining the importance of lobbying – er, advocacy – for the fire
service – in other words, how to get money from Ottawa!
night Tuesday. See below. ‘Nuff said.
|Presidential behaviour? New OAFC president Tim Beckett finds out what it’s like to be in the spotlight.|
presentation of the AJ Stone Memorial Award to a surprised and emotional Kingston
Chief Harold Tulk.
|Kingston Fire Chief Harold Tulk accepts the AJ Stone Memorial Award for outstanding service from Bill Stone while Richard Boyes looks on.|
|Kingston Fire Chief Harold Tulk said he was humbled and honoured to receive the AJ Stone Memorial Award at the OAFC banquet Wednesday night.|
passing of the torch Wednesday night to new OAFC president (and Fire
Fighting in Canada
columnist) Tim Beckett from Richard Boyes.
Clearly other things have been
going on the fire service since last Friday when we kicked off the OAFC with
our annual Fire Fighting in Canada
golf tournament but it’s tough to keep track while sequestered in a
Chief among other fire-related
news stories of late is Michael Ignatieff’s announcement on Tuesday that a
Liberal government would introduce a $3,000 refundable tax credit for volunteer
firefighters across the country.
Clearly the Liberals were listening
during the CAFC’s government relations week in Ottawa
Ignatieff said the $3,000
refundable tax credit will apply to all volunteer firefighters who log a
minimum of 200 hours of volunteer service during the tax year. The plan has a
value of about $450 per volunteer firefighter and will cost a federal government
about $40 million annually.
When’s the election?