Fire Fighting in Canada

Virtual Summits
FFIC Virtual Summit 2023
February 23, 2023 at 11:00am ET


The world of apparatus and gear is evolving quickly. Electric fire trucks are making their debut. Highly sophisticated technology is fundamental to the engines and equipment many fire departments depend on every day. These technologies require novel aptitudes and considerations for budgets, maintenance and maximizing life spans. Yet, concerns abound about a lack of emergency vehicle technicians. Rural fire departments need to take extra consideration into how far away their nearest EVT and service shop is. Following routine tests to try and ward off a down truck is paramount for every FD. The gear firefighters depend on and decon also requires its own maintenance to perform its best. FFIC’s 2023 Virtual Summit will draw on expertise from across Canada to share best practices and mutual challenges when it comes to the future of apparatus, gear and maintenance.


11:00am – 11:05am
Opening Remarks

Speaker: Fire Fighting in Canada editor Laura Aiken

Panel: Addressing the Shortage of EVTs

  • Chris Dennis, chief mechanical officer with Vaughan Fire Rescue Service
  • Jason Tomlin, Manager of Fire Protection Services for Thompson Nicola Regional District in British Columbia
  • Terry Stewart, vice chairman, Fire Department Safety Officers Association
  • Jason Whiteley, Fire Chief of North Bay Fire and Emergency Services
This panel will look at solutions for emergency vehicle technician sharing between rural departments, the importance of mentorship and training opportunities.

12:00pm - 12:15pm
Sponsored Presentation by Vector Solutions

Electric Fire Trucks

Speaker: Rob Anselmi, Mechanical Division Chief, Equipment & Asset Management for Toronto Fire Services

Electric fire trucks and electric emergency vehicles are rolling out at Canadian municipalities. These new vehicles raise many questions when it comes to maintenance. Hear from Rob Anselmi, Mechanical Division Chief, Equipment & Asset Management for Toronto Fire Services, on why Toronto Fire purchased electric apparatus and the expected challenges and benefits to come with this novel fire truck.

1:00pm - 1:15pm
Sponsored Presentation by VECTOR

Freezing your Assets: Cryogenics

Speaker: Chris Dennis, chief mechanical officer with Vaughan Fire Rescue Service

Cryogenics refers to the behavior of metal material under extreme heat conditions once it has been cryogenically treated. For example, cryogenically treating brake parts via extremely cold temperatures causes the brake parts to react differently and ultimately last longer and result in less down time. Chris Dennis, chief mechanical officer with Vaughan Fire Rescue Service, will share the process, outcome, and examples.

1:45pm - 2:00pm
Sponsored Presentation by Holmatro

What’s happening with NFPA 1971?

Speaker: Laura King, regional director – Canada, NFPA

NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, is being consolidated into a new standard, 1970. NFPA’s Canadian director, Laura King, explains the process, the logic, the timeline, and the impact.

Product Demos

Frequently Asked Questions About FFIC Virtual Summit 2023

When & Where?

FFIC Virtual Summit 2023 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on February 23, 2023 at 11:00am ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of February 23, 2023.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.