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BC Fire Expo
Kal Tire Place
3445 43rd Ave, Vernon, BC

Sunday June 4, 11am to 6pm
Monday June 5, 9am to 3pm

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FCABC Education Summit
Vernon Lodge Hotel
3914 – 32nd St, Vernon, BC

Tuesday, June 6 to Thursday June 8, 2017
Sessions start at 7:15 am until 5pm

 Tuesday schedule     Wednesday schedule    Thursday schedule 

Recommended for
POC and Vol. Depts
Recommended for
Career Depts
Recommended for
all Depts



Any Registered Delegate can attend any of these sessions, however certain sessions will be more appropriate for the recommended groups.
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    Tuesday


    Sunrise 1
  • Tuesday 7:15 am

    Sunrise Session 1 - How to craft a Request For Proposal

    Al Anderson

    Al Anderson and Brian Nash

    I have had the opportunity to be involved in the Fire Service Industry for approximately 38 years and am pleased to say I have attended the BC Fire Chiefs Conference for most of those years. I have a rounded knowledge of the heavy truck industry as it relates to the fire service, I have worked at the Freightliner Trucks factory, assisted fire departments and apparatus builders throughout B.C. on their fire chassis requirements. I now represent Fort Garry Fire Trucks as the manager for British Columbia.

    Session Description

    Creating fire apparatus specifications. Review of the pros and cons of the different procurement methods, and associated documents, Request for Tender (RFT), Request for Proposal (RFP),and Request for Quotation (RFQ).

  • Sunrise 2
  • Tuesday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 2 - Superior Tender Shuttle Program Moving Water

    George Klemm

    Deputy Chief George Klemm

    •42 years with Errington Fire Rescue
    •10 years as fire chief
    •Attends global fire rescue conferences
    •Has received training globally
    •Lead organizer for the Big Water event for the last 3 years 
    •Many will know him from his rescue company 

    Session Description

    20 years of work attaining and maintaining "Superior Shuttle Rating" Moving water with minimal or no hydrants tenders only. How the process will lead to moving water quickly and effectively. Some of the areas: Larger flows, longer supply lines, fill stations, multi-dump tank models, jet siphons, mutual aid training and other concepts.

  • Sunrise 3
  • Tuesday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 3 - Worksafe BC Research on Indigenous Leadership on Structural Firefighting

    FNESS

    FNESS Panel
    Kynan O'Rourke
    Wayne Schnitzler
    Emerson Adolph
    Curtis Dick
    Brent Langlois

    Kynan is an active member of the West Kelowna Fire Department where he holds the rank of Captain. He has been actively serving for over 11 years in this exciting industry. Kynan is a Training Officer and is instrumental in leading the Junior Firefighter Program at West Kelowna Fire Dept. specializing in forcible entry, big box search, large water attacks. Born and raised in Kelowna, lived in the Okanagan Valley. Tsawwassen First Nation is his community; his grandmother was a leader within the Coastal Salish Nation. His immediate family still resides on the coast within the TFN lands.

    Wayne brings extensive municipal fire services experience to his more than twenty years of work with FNESS. He facilitates Fire Protection Governance Workshops for First Nations Chiefs, Council members and administrators that provide practical tools for supporting fire prevention and fire departments in their communities.

    Emerson Adolph is an active volunteer Fire Department member serving the District of Lillooet and his community of Xaxl’ip in the Interior of B.C.
    He began his career with First Nation Emergency Services Society as an On-Call Casual worker, then when the opportunity arose, became a fulltime member of the Fire Services Department where he currently holds the position of Fire Services Manager.
    The reward of helping communities achieve a higher level of fire protection for their safety cannot be put into words but are grateful to assist.

    Curtis was born and raised in Ahousaht BC, started as volunteer firefighter with Ahousaht volunteer fire department, became the training officer then promoted to Fire Chief. Curtis also became Ahousaht’s Emergency coordinator, held a position on elected council, and then he became deputy chief and chief councilor for Ahousaht.
    Curtis began with FNESS in 2015 and enjoys working first hand with communities seeing the hard work, dedication and networking of many fire departments throughout BC.

    Brent began as Manager of the Forest Fuel Management Department of the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of BC.
    He held instructional and Department Head duties with a First Nations technical institute for 11 years, and has over 15 years of forest fire suppression related duties. He has managed provincial and federal partnership programs related to forest fuel management and effects on community safety. Currently, Brent is the Executive Director of FNESS.

    Session Description

    As a continuation to the successful Sunrise Session from 2016, FNESS will present one of the efforts made since last year to assist First Nation communities with enhancing their fire protection level. The research study that will be presented identifies leadership criteria in understanding the current and future leadership needs for BC First Nations fire officers. Also, it develops an initial competency framework to aid in recruitment and selection, performance management, learning and development and succession planning endeavours.
    During this presentation FNESS will outline:
    •           Background
    •           Methodology
    •           Results
    •           Conclusions
    •           Recommendations

  • Sunrise 4
  • Tuesday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 4 - Confined Space Rescue - What a Fire Chief needs to know .

    John Kenyon

    John Kenyon - Retired Operations Chief, City of Port Coquitlam Fire and Emergency Services

    John has been actively involved in all aspects of confined space rescue training and services for over 20 years and continues to be an active trainer for fire departments and industry around BC.
    As one of the founding owners and a Director of Dynamic Rescue Systems Group of Companies, which is a full service rescue provider, to Industry and fire departments, John has been active participant in the development confined space rescue procedures and response nationwide.
    John takes pride in understanding the needs and response capabilities for fire departments and brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the understanding of just how dangerous confined space rescue can be to unsuspecting emergency responders and other would-be rescuers.
    With the experienced gained in the field, working with utilities, construction, and industry, John understands that ultimately the fire department will be the deployed, and the fire chief will need to know what to do in these dangerous situations.

    Session Description

    Dealing with a confined space emergency event is a rarity, but when it occurs, ultimately the fire department will get deployed and drawn into the event.
    Every community has a multitude of confined spaces within its jurisdiction. From their own utilities, to industrial stakeholders, to external utilities providers and construction, there is always someone working in these confined spaces.
    Regulations require the owner of the confined space is to ensure that work being done is performed in a safe manner and yet incidents continue to happen.
    It is usually a series of unexpected events that occur, that something does go wrong, more than one worker is injured, and fire department responders end up engaged in a response they may not be prepared for. History shows that six out of ten people who die in confined spaces are the would-be rescuers and that history continues to repeat itself.
    This presentation will help the fire chief to understand why these emergencies happen and what approach the fire department must take in order to deal with a confined space emergency, including, the requirements and considerations, for rescue that will ensure the safety of his staff and members.


  • Wednesday


    Sunrise 5
  • Wednesday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 5 - Fire Safety Act: Changing the Landscape

    Gordon Anderson

    Fire Commissioner Gordon Anderson, CFO, MIFireE

    Gordon Anderson was appointed as BC's Fire Commissioner in April 2014 after joining the office as Assistant Deputy Commissioner in September 2013. Prior to this he had 13 years of service with volunteer fire departments and served in a career fire department for 23 years. During this time he served as the Chief Training Officer and municipal Deputy Emergency Coordinator, retiring in late 2012 after 6 1/2 years as Deputy Fire Chief. Along with professional designations with the Institution of Fire Engineers and as a Chief Fire Officer, he holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Victoria and is completing a second degree in Public Safety Administration. Gordon is member of; the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada Advisory Council, Canadian Tri-Services Emergency Management Committee, the governing board of the Canadian Public Safety Operations Organization (CANOPS) and serves as Vice President of the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals/Fire Commissioners.

    Session Description

    The presentation will review the new Fire Safety Act and how it will impact the fire service. It will discuss the new provisions that will enhance compliance and enforcement, as well as the new training standards for fire inspectors and investigators. The session will also review the role of OFC staff in supporting fire departments moving forward.

  • Sunrise 6
  • Wednesday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 6 - Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (OHSR) Part 31

    Kevin Birnie

    Kevin Birnie
    Occupational Safety Officer at Worksafe BC

    I have been with Worksafe BC for the past 28 years as an Occupational Safety Officer, I spent 7 years working from our Richmond Office, then 10 years in our Prince George Office and the past 11 years here in the Okanagan Valley in our Kelowna office. Prior to my career at Worksafe BC, I was the Safety Supervisor at Skeena Cellulose Pulp Mill in Prince Rupert.
    Part of my duties there included managing & training the Industrial Fire Department at the Mill. We had a contingent of 12 volunteer members who’s regular jobs were within the mill, we had a 600 gallon water tender and a fully staffed emergency first aid station. As well I am a current GSAR member of the local Central Okanagan Search & Rescue Society here in Kelowna, and hold the position of Safety Director with COSAR.

    Co-presenter Eric Tupholme

    Session Description

    This session will provide an overview of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulation Part 31, WCA legislative changes and requirements.

  • Sunrise 7
  • Wednesday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 7 - Fentanyl Safety Primer for Emergency Responders

    James Browne

    James Browne
    Occupational Safety Officer, North District RCMP

    I am a Canadian Registered Safety Professional currently working as the Regional Chief of Occupational Safety for the RCMP and my responsibility is the safety of all RCMP employees in BC and the Yukon.
    My work history includes Safety in Mining and Oil & Gas, as well as working for several years in a laser design and manufacturing lab, where I led an Earthquake SAR / Hazmat team. It was my time with that team that made me decide that I wanted to get to the other side of the incident and try to prevent injuries rather than respond to them.

    Session Description

    1. Why is fentanyl the new normal?
    2. How is fentanyl impacting the RCMP?
    3. What does the RCMP/Police want from our fire halls?
    4. What are firefighters likely to see?
    5. Discussion of incidents.
    6. Questions.?

  • Sunrise 8
  • Wednesday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 8 - British Columbia — Fire Sprinkler Initiative

    Don Jolley

    Don Jolley

    Don Jolley is the Fire Chief for the City of Pitt Meadows and the 1st Vice President of the Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia (FCABC).
    Chief Jolley has been in the fire service for 26 years, starting as a volunteer firefighter and working through all ranks and areas of responsibility over the course of his career. He has 15 years at the Chief Officer level, including the last 8 as Fire Chief. Don also served 20+ years in Vancouver as a paramedic, resigning in 2007 at the ACP level. He has delivered Incident Command, Emergency Operations Centre and other emergency services programming through the Justice Institute of BC for many years across Canada.
    Chief Jolley sits as a member of the Justice Institute of BC Fire Services Advisory Committee, the JIBC Emergency Management Division Program Advisory Committee, and the JIBC Paramedic Academy Advisory Committee.
    Chief Jolley has a Bachelors Degree from Simon Fraser University, a Certificate of Emergency Management and a Certificate of Local Government Administration, as well as designations as both a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Professional Manager (P.Mgr.)

    Stephen Gamble

    Stephen Gamble

    Chief Stephen Gamble entered the fire service in 1978 as a volunteer firefighter with the City of the Port Coquitlam and hired as a full time career firefighter with the City on June 27th, 1980.
    In January 2011 Chief Gamble assumed his current position as Fire Chief with the Township of Langley.
    Chief Gamble has a Bachelor's Degree in Justice and Public Leadership with Simon Fraser University as well he retains two designations – Chief Fire Officer (CFO) with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Fellow (FIFireE) with the Institute of Fire Engineers.
    Chief Gamble served as President with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) from 2012-2014, CAFC 1st VP from 2010-2012, 2md VP 2009-2010, and as BC Executive Board Representative with the CAFC from 2007-2009.
    Chief Gamble in addition to numerous committee and appointments with the Fire Chiefs Association of BC (FCABC) since 1996 has also served as FCABC President from 2007-2011, FCABC Past President 2011-2012, FCABC 1st VP 2006-2007, and Chair of the Provincial Fire Service Liaison Committee (FSLG) from 2007 to 2011.

    Session Description

    This session will provide an update as the Provincial Fire Sprinkler Working Group's activities to date as well as introduce the new BC Fire Sprinkler Initiative website, which will be launched at the 2017 FCABC Conference in Vernon.


  • Thursday


    Sunrise 9
  • Thursday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 9 - Reducing Risk of Firefighters Cancers

    Gord Schreiner

    Fire Chief Gord Schreiner, CFO

    Gord joined the fire service in 1975 and is the Fire Chief of Comox Fire Rescue. His duties also include operating a fire training centre used by dozens of other fire departments. Schreiner has traveled (and still does) all over North America delivering countless programs to thousands of firefighters. In 2010 the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs named Schreiner Career Fire Chief of the Year. Schreiner has written numerous articles for Firefighting in Canada under the heading #stopbad!

    Session Description

    This short program will share a few cost effective ways to help reduce cancer risks for your firefighters.

  • Sunrise 10
  • Thursday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 10 - WorkSafeBC Forms

    Kevin Birnie

    Kevin Birnie
    Occupational Safety Officer at Worksafe BC

    I have been with Worksafe BC for the past 28 years as an Occupational Safety Officer, I spent 7 years working from our Richmond Office, then 10 years in our Prince George Office and the past 11 years here in the Okanagan Valley in our Kelowna office. Prior to my career at Worksafe BC, I was the Safety Supervisor at Skeena Cellulose Pulp Mill in Prince Rupert.
    Part of my duties there included managing & training the Industrial Fire Department at the Mill. We had a contingent of 12 volunteer members who’s regular jobs were within the mill, we had a 600 gallon water tender and a fully staffed emergency first aid station. As well I am a current GSAR member of the local Central Okanagan Search & Rescue Society here in Kelowna, and hold the position of Safety Director with COSAR.

    Co-presenter Eric Tupholme

    Session Description

    This session will provide a working knowledge workshop of the forms necessary for reporting injuries, incidents & investigations.

  • Sunrise 11
  • Thursday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 11 - Managing your Office (email)

    Speaker 11

    Christine McLenan

    Christine McLenan is a seasoned administrative professional with more than 25 years of administration and event planning experience in the public and private sectors for both profit and non-profit organizations. Her experience also includes more than 15 years providing executive-level administrative support for organizations such as Deloitte Canada, World Vision Canada and St. Paul's Hospital Foundation. Since 2013, Christine has served in the role of Administrator to the FCABC.

    Session Description

    Tips and tricks to help manage daily tasks including managing your inbox, online filing systems and other administrative activities.

  • Sunrise 12
  • Thursday 7:15am

    Sunrise Session 12 - Environmental Emergencies and Spill Regime Update

    Alan Stebbing

    Alan Stebbing

    Alan is an Environmental Emergency Response Officer with the BC Ministry of Environment. Prior to this position he spent over 10 years in the municipal fire service, with 9 years as a career Chief Officer. He served as Deputy Director of the Volunteer Sector for 3 year with the FCABC and is a member of the RCOC. He has a passion for operational emergency response and building strong relationships between all responders.
    Alan lives in Fort St John with his wife of 3.5 years (who honeymooned at the 2013 FCABC Conference) and started a Masters in Leadership at Royal Roads University in January of 2017. He enjoys singing in the community choir and volunteering with Scouts, ESS, and North Peace Search and Rescue.

    Session Description

    The BC Ministry of Environments Environmental Emergencies Program is the lead Provincial agency for dealing with hazardous materials incidents and spills. The 16 Response Officers provide expertise and support to all responders when dealing with hazmat incidents to ensure the Provinces interests are protected. In 2016, the Environmental Management Act was amended to support a new regime dealing with spills in BC. The regulations to bring this new regime are now being developed and implemented.
    This session will give a brief overview of the Environmental Emergencies Program and will highlight how the program can assist Chiefs during incidents in their areas. It will also cover the new Spill Regime: what is in place today, what is coming, and how it will affect spill and hazmat response in BC. Questions and input are encouraged and I look forward to discussing how to build better bridges between the Fire Service and the Environmental Emergencies Program.
    For more information on the spill regime, please see http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/spills-environmental-emergencies/spill-preparedness-and-response-bc


    Tuesday


    Breakout 1
  • Tuesday 10:45am

    Think Tank - Volunteer / Paid on Call Department issues

    Speaker 1

    Moderated Discussion

    This interactive discussion will focus on innovative ideas to help you be successful in your fire department.
    There are two sessions held simultaneously with different focus groups.  One will focus on Paid on Call and Volunteer ideas that may include innovations on Training, recruitment, retention, special projects, and other creative strategies.
    The other option is a Think Tank forum that focuses on Career Chief issues.  Discussions may revolve around Labour Management, community programs and operational challenges.
    Both of these sessions will be organic and may flow from topic to topic.  Each session will be moderated.
    The Think Tanks are an hour of innovative ideas that are worth sharing.  Don’t miss it!

     

  • Breakout 2
  • Tuesday 10:45am

    Think Tank - Career Department issues

    Speaker 1

    Moderated Discussion

    This interactive discussion will focus on innovative ideas to help you be successful in your fire department.
    There are two sessions held simultaneously with different focus groups.  One will focus on Paid on Call and Volunteer ideas that may include innovations on Training, recruitment, retention, special projects, and other creative strategies.
    The other option is a Think Tank forum that focuses on Career Chief issues.  Discussions may revolve around Labour Management, community programs and operational challenges.
    Both of these sessions will be organic and may flow from topic to topic.  Each session will be moderated.
    The Think Tanks are an hour of innovative ideas that are worth sharing.  Don’t miss it!


  • Lunch


    Breakout 3
  • Tuesday 13:00pm

    Changing Business during an extreme weather event.

    Speaker 1

    Asst Chief
    John Lehmann
    Surrey Fire Dept

    John Lehmann is a 30 year veteran of the fire service with the last 25 years as a career member of the Surrey Fire Service. In his current role as Assistant Chief of Operations/Training, he is responsible for the department's training branch, assisting in operations planning and fills an Operations Duty Chief role. His background is in Public Safety through the JIBC and Human Resource Management through BCIT. Contact him at jlehmann@surrey.ca

    Session Description

    During high call volume events (extreme weather or natural disasters) or maintaining service while one or more significant incidents are occurring, every fire department, regardless of size, feels pressure to continue to provide services to their citizens. Decisions to reduce or change response protocols can be difficult and through the use of response modelling, the Surrey Fire Service has developed a program that is implemented when needed.
    This session will outline the Surrey Fire Service's process for changing its business rules (response protocols) to increase response capacity with minimal or no impact on actual emergency service delivery.

  • Breakout 4
  • Tuesday 13:00pm

    Project Management for the Volunteer Chief

    Dale Christensen

    Dale Christenson

    Dr. Dale Christenson is the president and founder of the Project Management Centre for Excellence Inc. Prior to that work he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Business Transformation and Learning Services Division as well as the Leadership Centre of B.C. He was also director of project management for the Ministry of Human Resources. Christenson has held a number of management positions in the Criminal Justice Branch during a 12-year period before pursuing opportunities in the CIO office, where he was project director, e-BC Strategy.

    Dale Christenson believes that learning needs to be practical, useful and fun. Christenson blends different approaches to project management and change management into his consulting and training practice. He travels extensively, throughout the world, teaching and consulting.

    Session Description

    Project Management Fundamentals, is a one hour introductory seminar that creates awareness for project managers and project team members as to how they may deliver successful projects on time, on budget and in scope.  You will learn about project management from ‘concept to cash’ or from the initial contemplation of a project to the realization of its benefits after successful implementation. 
    The Project Management Fundamentals seminar will provide participants with an understanding of the project management discipline. During the course, participants will gain knowledge of the following topics:
    •  Basic concepts of a project and project management
    •  Common Project Management terminology
    •  Project life cycles and frameworks
    •  Project phases and processes
    •  Critical success factors for successful project outcomes (research based from a meta study)
    •  Review of the 10 knowledge areas of project management
    •  Review the 5 processes of project management (Initiating, Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Closing)
    •  Learn why you should party more

  • Breakout 5
  • Tuesday 13:00pm

    BCEHS First Responder Program

    Blaine Wiggins

    Blaine Wiggins

    Before assuming the First Responder and First Nations Liaison role, Blaine spent five years as a BCAS District Superintendent managing various districts across the province. In addition to BCAS, other positions in include Director of Protective Services (Fire-EMS Chief) in Nunavut, Executive Director of FNESS and extensive volunteer fire experience. In addition has maintained a volunteer administrative role with the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada working towards improving fire life safety on First Nations communities across Canada.

    Session Description

    This session will provide an update on the BCEHS First Responder program utilized by the BC Fire Service. Topics covered will include the new First Responder agreement that has been under development, equipment and supplies updates, dispatch and communications. Additional topics will include new tools for First Responders and clinical updates.

  • Breakout 6
  • Tuesday 13:00pm

    Fire Department Budgeting – a CAO Perspective

    Tim Pley

    Tim Pley, CAO
    City of Port Alberni

    Tim works for the City of Port Alberni as a Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to assuming that role Tim was a member of the Port Alberni Fire Department for 26 years, eight of those years as the Fire Chief.
    Tim also served on the FCABC Board for eight years, three of those years in the position of President.
    Tim is a vocal advocate for the fire service, and often engages with other CAOs on fire-related matters.

    Session Description

    This session will cover the topics of:

    •Local Government Budgets 101 … review the legislation governing local government budgets, common local government practices
    •Connecting budgets to organizational strategic goals
    •Budget presentations – how to be successful
    •Lessons learned

  • Network Break


    Breakout 7
  • Tuesday 14:45pm

    Playbook Panel

    Moderated by
    Fire Chief Don Jolley

    Panel
    Representing an Exterior Dept:
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    Representing an Interior Dept:  Chief Aaron Poirier
    Representing a Full Service Dept :
    Chief Chris Jankowski
    Representing a Regional District:  Chief Jason De Jong
    Representing CAOs:  Laurie Hurst

    Panel Discussion

    The object of this Forum is to share tips and success stories on how these Chiefs have successfully incorporated the Playbook into their organizations.  It is not a Why session, it is a HOW session.  Assisting those other Chief’s with some strategies on how to be successful with the Playbook.  A positive session moving forward with the playbook.

    Questions:

    How are you determining service level when there is a wide variety of attendance and/or training levels for members depending on time of day or day of week?

    How are you managing accountability for your members with different training levels?  How are you identifying them? 

    What format is being used in your jurisdictions to declare training and service levels - local bylaw or department/jurisdiction policy?  Why did you choose that format?

    What are some of the pro’s and con’s internally that your specific department is experiencing with the Playbook transition? (Eg.  costs, training access, FF participation, lack of certification, etc)  How are you addressing them?

    How are you locally addressing the requirement for pre-fire planning as part of the interior service and training level?  How are you managing and tracking who has completed the training and Pre Incident knowledge needed before entry?

    How are differences in service level and training being managed across the jurisdictions within Mutual Aid agreements?


  • Breakout 8
  • Tuesday 14:45pm

    Project Management for the Career Chief

    Dale Christenson

    Dale Christenson

    Dr. Christenson is the founder and president of the Project Management Centre of Excellence Inc. (2009). He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Project Management Professional (PMP) specializing in project management, consulting and training. He combines an extensive academic background with real-world expertise in the areas of program and portfolio management, organizational development, change management and critical project success factors. He has held project management and Executive positions in the public and private sectors including Assistant Deputy Minister of the BC Leadership Center.
    Dale has a Doctorate in Project Management from Royal MIT University in Australia and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in Criminology, Counseling Psychology and Project Management. Dale has 14 peer reviewed journal articles to his credit and two book chapters.  He is a frequent seminar and keynote speaker at conferences. He is the winner of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Government Project of the Year Award, a finalist in the Canadian Institute of Public Administration Leadership Award and received 5 university teaching awards.
    Dale has also been actively involved in giving back to his profession and has served as the President on his local PMI chapter in Victoria British Columbia, Knowledge Lead for PMI’s international Government Community of Practice and Chair of his local CMC Chapter.
    Dale has a wide breadth of consulting clients from the private, public and not for profit sectors.  A sample of his clients, Canadian Navy, Lockheed Martin International, Lockheed Martin F35 Program, Fortis Alberta, Canadian Natural Resource Ltd., San Diego Gas and Electric, Comptroller General of British Columbia, Metro Vancouver, United Way, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Western Forest Products, Ministry of Solicitor General of Canada, DOMTAR, Alberta Institute of Agrologists, Cenovus Energy and numerous public sector organizations.  

    Dale also teaches at a number of Universities including, Royal Roads University, University of Victoria, United States Air Force Academy, York University, University of Northern British Columbia, Capilano University, College of the Rockies and Shanghai Jaio Tong University (Antai School of Economics and Management).

    Session Description

    Project management has become the managerial approach of choice for most organizations, whether public, private or not for profit. Many organizations across North America are investing significant dollars to introduce and mature project management practices. 

    This one hour seminar will highlight the following topics that Executive Project Sponsors and Project Sponsors need to be aware of:
    •  The value proposition of project management — What it can and cannot offer.
    •   You only need as much project management as you need to complete the project, anything more is a waste of resources.
    •  There are certain critical success factors that need to be in place if projects are going to be successful.
    •  Project management and change management are inextricably linked.
    •  What project managers should and should not be doing.
    •   The project sponsor role of in the processes of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Closing and Monitoring/Controlling. (A checklist will be provided).
    •  What are the weakest links in project management?
    •  Current trending issues in project management :
      –  Stakeholder engagement
      –  Environmental concerns
      –  Health and safety
      –  Accountability

  • Breakout 9
  • Tuesday 14:45pm

    Fire Department Budgeting – a CAO Perspective

    Tim Pley

    Tim Pley, CAO
    City of Port Alberni

    Tim works for the City of Port Alberni as a Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to assuming that role Tim was a member of the Port Alberni Fire Department for 26 years, eight of those years as the Fire Chief.
    Tim also served on the FCABC Board for eight years, three of those years in the position of President.
    Tim is a vocal advocate for the fire service, and often engages with other CAOs on fire-related matters.

    Session Description

    This session will cover the topics of:

    •Local Government Budgets 101 … review the legislation governing local government budgets, common local government practices
    •Connecting budgets to organizational strategic goals
    •Budget presentations – how to be successful
    •Lessons learned

  • Wednesday


    Breakout 10
  • Wednesday 09:00am

    Community Wildfire Preplans — Keeping them off the Shelf

    Peter Ensor

    Peter Ensor

    Peter Ensor is a 28 year veteran of the fire service and currently the Mgr. Electoral Area Fire & Emergency Programs for the Capital Regional. In addition to being a qualified fire officer and a professional accountant Peter is a certified Emergency Manager and Deputy Director of the CRD’s EOC. He was active during the Kelowna wildfires of 2003 and was responsible for preparing the Town of Hinton for wildfire following the Slave Lake Wildfire of 2011.

    Stew Walkingshaw

    Stew Walkinshaw

    Stew Walkinshaw is owner/operator of Montane Forest Management based in Canmore, Alberta and specializes in interface community planning and fire operations.

    Session Description

    Community wildfire preplans need to be operationally useable on the “hood of the truck” when the fire is coming over the hill into town.  Stew and Peter will discuss the benefits of having a community wildfire preplan, key components, and different formats that you may wish to consider for your preplan as well as some of the considerations of how to use a hood of the truck plan and the benefits from a resident’s perspective.

  • Breakout 11
  • Wednesday 09:00am

    PTSD - A Family Journey (with Partners)

    Kathryn and Chris Linford

    LCol (retired) Chris Linford CD BScN and Kathryn Linford

    Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Chris Linford served in the Canadian Forces for 33 years including 8 years as a Reservist. He completed three operational deployments to the Gulf War, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. Diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2004 and almost ten years post Rwanda, he and Kathryn profoundly struggled as a couple and a family.
    Chris wrote the book Warrior Rising- A Soldier's Journey to PTSD and Back in 2013 and then he and Kathryn embarked upon a cross country speaking tour to tell their family story of struggle to try and get PTSD out of the shadows and into everyday conversation.
    Kathryn and Chris have been married for 30 years and continue to speak publicly but in addition they have co-founded a program called "COPE" of Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday. This program has been operating for two years sponsored by Wounded Warriors Canada and has allowed them to continue the conversation with other couples suffering and opened a door for others to enter and become happier and well again.

    Session Description

    A one-hour presentation outlining our family struggle with PTSD and what we did to learn to battle it as a team. Also covered is a brief outline of the new program "COPE" Chris and Kathryn co-founded.


  • Network Break


    Breakout 12
  • Wednesday 10:45am

    Relations with Municipal Councils and Regional Boards

    Don Lidstone

    Don Lidstone
    Local Government Lawyer

    Don has practiced municipal law since 1980. His focus is in the areas of liability, services, governance, finance, land use and bylaws. He has chaired numerous boards and commissions, including for example the Langley Township Fire Services Review Panel. Don has published numerous papers and manuals and consulted on the development of the BC Community Charter as well as other municipal statutes in a number of provinces and territories. He was designated Queen's Counsel in 2008.

    Session Description

    A discussion of the practical and legal best practices for getting win-win budgetary and policy decisions from your local government, understanding the authority that local elected officials have in relation to fire services, and how to deal with the rogue councillor or board member.

  • Breakout 13
  • Wednesday 10:45am

    Traumatic Incident Response Tracking

    Wayne Jasper

    Wayne Jasper
    CFFF Director & Bell Lets Talk Ambassador

    33 years in the Fire Service, 30 as a career firefighter with CFB Esquimalt Fire Rescue (retired in 2016). 3 years prior as a volunteer firefighter.
    10 years on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation as LODD Application Committee Chairman.
    9 years as an Auxiliary Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (retired).
    Recently invited to act as a Bell Lets Talk Ambassador
    Delivery conference and individual department presentations on PTSD Awareness and Prevention.

    Session Description

    PTSD is finally being recognized as a serious injury to first responders. Over the past few years, awareness and understanding have been in the forefront but what do we do now? How do we know who may be susceptible? Is there anything we can do to help with early detection? We currently record and document religiously any hazardous material exposures during responses but do we track exposures to traumatic incidents? In most cases, this answer is no. This session will offer detailed suggestions on the various important data to be recorded for follow-up tracking after a Traumatic Incident. It will offer reasons why this data should be collected.


  • Thursday


    Breakout 14
  • Thursday 09:00am

    PTSD Management

    Jane Clapp

    Jane Clapp

    We are all healing from some past hurt or loss, but it doesn't mean we are broken. Our past struggles, traumas or health issues don't have to be a life sentence. Jane Clapp believes we have the power to free ourselves from the shackles that limit our joy and fulfillment. While it is widely accepted that mindfulness is necessary to shape the body, she asserts that the body is one of the most powerful alchemic tools for shaping the mind.
    As a practitioner in the health industry for two decades, Jane's approach is to combine holistic personal training with tension and trauma healing to help her clients gain strength, mobility and energy. Through personal and professional exploration, she knows that you can cultivate a deeply felt sense of resilience and agency to realize freedom in your life.
    As the founder of Urbanfitt, Jane has helped more than 1000 clients improve emotional and nervous system regulation, positively shift neuroplasticity and release somatized stress and trauma. Through her revolutionary coaching sessions and workshops, she will ensure that you not only feel better, but truly realize your full potential for contentment and happiness. Jane is an experienced and illuminating speaker, widely consulted media expert and internationally recognized author. She is available for personal, group and corporate training as well as speaking engagements worldwide.

  • Breakout 15
  • Thursday 09:00am

    Fire Chief Liabilities

    John Saunders

    John W. Saunders
    Partner

    John is a partner in the law firm of Hicks Morley.  He has practiced for over 30 years as a representative of employers in labour and employment law.  He specializes in assisting municipalities with regard to their fire departments.  John has assisted over thirty different municipalities of various sizes across the country from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Toronto.  He has acted as chief spokesperson in dozens of rounds of negotiations, presented hundreds of rights and interest arbitrations and sat as an employer nominee on interest arbitration boards. 

    John has been a key-note speaker at the annual Ontario Fire Chiefs’ Labour Relations Conference since it was started about ten years ago.  He has spoken at the National Fire Chiefs’ Conference on many occasions.  He has represented municipalities and fire departments at numerous Coroner’s Inquests and Judicial Inquiries in the fire sector.

    John has been involved in many of the key labour relations issues as they relate to fire fighters: PTSD, mandatory retirement, 24 hour shifts, post-retirement benefits, mutual and automatic aid agreements, fitness testing, comparability between police officers and firefighters, total compensation analysis and contracting out.

    Session Description

    All of the actions of the Fire Chief, the Incident Commander and other officers are under constant scrutiny.  If something does not go according to “the plan”, then there is possible civil liability, criminal liability and/or a review through the Coroner’s Inquest, Judicial Inquiry or the Court of Public Opinion.  How do Fire Chiefs protect themselves against these possibilities?

  • Breakout 16
  • Thursday 09:00am

    TBA

    Speaker 1

    TBA

    Bio

    Topic Description

  • Breakout 17
  • Thursday 09:00am

    Food Trucks - Culinary delight or disaster waiting to happen

    Shayne Mintz, NFPA

    Shayne Mintz has almost 40 years experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of emergency management and fire and life safety. Shayne is a career firefighter and retired from the fire service as Chief of the Burlington Fire Department in Ontario.

    Shayne has also served as the Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal responsible for Fire Protection Services for the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal and is now the Canadian Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

    Shayne has an extensive background in Fire, Disaster and Emergency Management and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Public Administration Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He has also earned Master's Certificates in Operational Risk Management and Public Administration from York University in Toronto.

    Session Description

    The session will cover the hazards associated with mobile food trucks and the growing year round presence of these operations in virtually every community in BC and Canada.
    Topics covered will be identifying what exactly a mobile food truck is by definition, what incidents have occurred over the past few years, and what is happening in the standards world to assist regulators and code enforcement officers ensure these operations are undertaken safely.


  • Network Break


    Breakout 18
  • Thursday 10:45am

    PTSD Management

    Jane Clapp

    Jane Clapp

    We are all healing from some past hurt or loss, but it doesn't mean we are broken. Our past struggles, traumas or health issues don't have to be a life sentence. Jane Clapp believes we have the power to free ourselves from the shackles that limit our joy and fulfillment. While it is widely accepted that mindfulness is necessary to shape the body, she asserts that the body is one of the most powerful alchemic tools for shaping the mind.
    As a practitioner in the health industry for two decades, Jane's approach is to combine holistic personal training with tension and trauma healing to help her clients gain strength, mobility and energy. Through personal and professional exploration, she knows that you can cultivate a deeply felt sense of resilience and agency to realize freedom in your life.
    As the founder of Urbanfitt, Jane has helped more than 1000 clients improve emotional and nervous system regulation, positively shift neuroplasticity and release somatized stress and trauma. Through her revolutionary coaching sessions and workshops, she will ensure that you not only feel better, but truly realize your full potential for contentment and happiness. Jane is an experienced and illuminating speaker, widely consulted media expert and internationally recognized author. She is available for personal, group and corporate training as well as speaking engagements worldwide.

  • Breakout 20
  • Thursday 10:45am

    Top Ten Trends In Collective Agreement Negotiations

    John Saunders

    John W. Saunders
    Partner

    John is a partner in the law firm of Hicks Morley.  He has practiced for over 30 years as a representative of employers in labour and employment law.  He specializes in assisting municipalities with regard to their fire departments.  John has assisted over thirty different municipalities of various sizes across the country from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Toronto.  He has acted as chief spokesperson in dozens of rounds of negotiations, presented hundreds of rights and interest arbitrations and sat as an employer nominee on interest arbitration boards. 

    John has been a key-note speaker at the annual Ontario Fire Chiefs’ Labour Relations Conference since it was started about ten years ago.  He has spoken at the National Fire Chiefs’ Conference on many occasions.  He has represented municipalities and fire departments at numerous Coroner’s Inquests and Judicial Inquiries in the fire sector.

    John has been involved in many of the key labour relations issues as they relate to fire fighters: PTSD, mandatory retirement, 24 hour shifts, post-retirement benefits, mutual and automatic aid agreements, fitness testing, comparability between police officers and firefighters, total compensation analysis and contracting out.

    Session Description

    -  Are you ready for your future negotiations?
    -  Mandatory Retirement, 24 Hour Shifts, Fitness Testing, Post-Retirement Benefits, Specialty Pay, Promotional Assessments, Decreased Management Rights and other topics will be covered from an across Canada perspective.

  • Breakout 19
  • Thursday 10:45am

    TBA

    Speaker 1

    TBA

    Bio

    Topic Description

  • Breakout 21
  • Thursday 10:45am

    Physical Employment Standards: Current Issues and Challenges

    Stew Petersen

    Stew Petersen

    I am a Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. Prior to moving to Edmonton in 1984, I spent five years at the University of Victoria as an instructor (Human Physiology) and coach (rugby).

    My research program addresses problems in thermal and cardiopulmonary physiology in physically demanding occupations including structural and wildland firefighting, military diving and search and rescue. For example, we have published numerous papers on the effects of the self-contained breathing apparatus on pulmonary and cardiovascular responses to exercise. The current focus in the lab is on cardiopulmonary consequences of heavy thoracic load carriage (backpacks) during prolonged exercise.

    Much of the work we do in our lab studying the physiology of load carriage, respirators and protective clothing informs the field of physical employment standards. I was the chief organizer of the Second International Conference on Physical Employment Standards, held in Canmore in August, 2015.
    Vern Elliott

    Vern Elliott

    Vern Elliott is a Deputy Fire Chief of Human Resources and Logistics at Strathcona County Emergency Services in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Prior to his promotion in 2008, he was a paramedic in Jasper National Park and then a firefighter/paramedic in Fort McMurray and Strathcona County.

    Vern's industrial, wildland and municipal experience have provided him the opportunity to gain a broad working knowledge of various types of incidents. In fact, Vern has acted in a command role for several large regional incidents including the Strathcona County wildfires in 2009, Slave Lake wildfire in 2011 and most recently, the Fort McMurray wildfires of 2016.
      
    Vern has an applied degree in business, completed FEMA training in AHIMT for the Operations Section Chief and Incident Commander, and is a certified Executive Coach.

    Session Description

    The presentation will first describe an experience where Strathcona County Emergency Services (SCES) acknowledged a variation within the department's physical employment standards (PES) between Full Time and Part Time Firefighters. In consultation with their provider for Full Time Firefighter assessments (University of Alberta Work Physiology Lab), SCES altered their testing regime for Part Time Firefighters to provide consistency with the two assessments.
    The second part of the presentation will focus on challenges and solutions in the field of Physical Employment Standards specific to the fire service. The session will include time for discussion of these issues and recommendations for improving practice in this challenging field.
    Abstract
    In Canada, the term bona fide occupational requirement is defined as a condition of employment imposed in the belief that it is necessary for safe, efficient, and reliable work performance, and that such conditions have been objectively established. Physical employment standards for emergency responders (or "fitness for duty") fall into this classification. Many employees, particularly in public safety occupations like firefighting, are required to operate in difficult conditions, characterized by high work intensities coupled with extreme environmental challenges. It is imperative that employers hire a highly capable and injury-resistant work force. Employers of such workers must consider issues concerning their duty of care while balancing non-discriminatory work practices.
    Despite the long history of physical employment standards, consensus on best practice in areas such as identifying tasks, quantifying physical demands, developing tests and setting standards is limited. Practices vary regionally, nationally and internationally. One reason why there is limited agreement on best practice in the field of physical employment standards (PES) may well stem from the complex intersection between disciplinary interests such as human resources, labor law, human rights, occupational safety, occupational medicine and work physiology.
    This presentation will build on lessons from recent scientific and professional focus on physical employment standards (PES), specifically the Second International Conference on Physical Employment Standards, held in Canmore, Alberta in August 2015. The conference brought together scientists and practitioners from diverse disciplines to address critical questions in the domain of physical employment standards. The theme of the conference was "Best Practice in PES: An International Perspective". All the sessions, from the keynote addresses to the plenary presentations to the knowledge translation breakout groups emphasized the transition from "current practice to best practice".
    Our presentation will address some major themes in improving science and professional practice in this important aspect of safety and operational effectiveness. We will present information designed to first, increase awareness of the major issues and, secondly, to guide organizations towards making better decisions in this potentially volatile and litigious domain. Perspectives will be drawn from the speakers' long experience in fire department leadership (the "consumer"), scientific research ("development"), and provider of testing services ("delivery").


  • Lunch


    Breakout 22
  • Thursday 13:00pm

    The House Exploded, now what?

    Tim Beckett

    Fire Chief Tim Beckett
    Mississauga Fire Dept

    Tim Beckett is the Fire Chief/ Director of Emergency Management for the City of Mississauga where he manages the overall strategic, financial and day to day operations of the fire service and emergency management.

    In total Tim has 31 years of fire service experience, and has served as Fire Chief in City of Kitchener and town of Whitchurch-Stouffville prior to coming to Mississauga.

    Tim is a past President of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (2010-2012), and served on the board of directors for 10 years in many capacities.

    Session Description

    On June 28th 2016 at 1622 hrs, a home in a densely populated area of Mississauga exploded, killing two and displacing hundreds. This was a complexed incident that involved many agencies and organizations, had national and international media attention and required on-scene presence for several weeks.

    The presentation will discuss the actions taken, how the media was managed, the use of an IMS structure and unified command, the recovery phase and the lessons learned.

  • Breakout 23
  • Thursday 13:00pm

    Son of a Firefighter, Daughter of a Preacher: Understanding and Supporting our LGBTQ Community.

    Mason Jenkins

    Mason Jenkins

    Mason Jenkins is a musician and sexual health educator who specializes in LGBTQ awareness programming. Mason has presented across Canada, with his audience ranging from school administration, to at-risk youth, to members of government. He performed at the 2012-2013 Premier's Pride Brunch for both Calgary and Edmonton as a representative for Camp fYrefly, as well as Edmonton and Calgary's 2016 Pride festivals. Mason was featured on CTV television and CBC radio for his experiences as a transgender teacher and is now partnering with the Calgary Police Service and the Calgary Fire Department to extend their training practices to include LGBTQ diversity programming. He currently teaches at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre and hopes to continue to influence and inspire firefighters to advocate for safe and caring environments for sexual and gender minority co-workers and the communities they serve.

    Laurie VandeSchoot

    Deputy Chief Laurie VandeSchoot

    Deputy Chief Laurie VandeSchoot is a municipal government, change management and strategic planning specialist who brings a diverse background of experience from the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors to the Calgary Fire Department. Chief VandeSchoot holds a MSc in Sustainable Development, has been with The City of Calgary for 28 years, and is a CFAI Peer Assessor. In recognition of her work and her involvement with various diversity initiatives, Chief VandeSchoot has received a number of accolades including an Immigrants of Distinction, Organizational Diversity Award for outstanding achievements in implementing cultural diversity initiatives, and a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Award for outstanding contributions to international cooperation. Apart from work, Chief VandeSchoot is married, has two children and is an active participant and volunteer in sports, arts and social justice activism.

    Session Description

    This dynamic and interactive session will build your awareness of issues facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through engaging activities, personal stories and educational content, the facilitator's will enhance Fire Chief's comfort, skills, and capacity in order to better support their Departments and the communities they serve.

    Abstract:
    This session will educate attendees regarding LGBTQ identities, provide examples of how to adjust policies and practices to foster safe and inclusive environments, and imparts tools to fight homophobic or transphobic behaviours within the firefighting community. This presentation covers LGBTQ specific vocabulary, discusses and defines the differences between sex, gender and sexual orientation and builds empathy for the LGBTQ community through personal stories and connection to the firefighters of Calgary, Alberta.

    Learning objectives:
    1. To build an awareness of LGBTQ identities in order to meet the needs of the communities we serve.
    2. To eliminate homophobia and transphobia within our departments by educating ourselves and building empathy because shame and stigma come from judgement and fear.
    3. To openly discuss our own perceptions and biases before we can become accepting and informed people.


  • Network Break



    Tuesday


    Keynote 1
  • Tuesday 8:35am

    Keynote Opening - Know your Leadership Level

    Les Karpluk

    Chief Les Karpluk (retired)

    Chief Karpluk began his career in the Prince Albert Fire Department in 1982 and worked his way up through the ranks until becoming the fire chief in 2006. In 3 short years Chief Karpluk was given the honour to be recognized by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) as the full time career chief of the year for 2009. In February 2014 Chief Karpluk retired from the fire department with over 3 decades of service.
    Les has contributed to writing over 100 magazine articles and blogs and has spoken about fire service leadership at conferences across Canada and the U.S. Through his writing and blogging he strives to break down leadership into manageable bite size pieces and believes that we learn when we work together.
    Les is no stranger to post secondary education and is an avid life long learner. He has certificates in Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration from Dalhousie University, the Bachelor of Applied Business: Emergency Services from Lakeland College (Honours), Emergency Management certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Fire Officer IV, and numerous courses from other post secondary institutions in Canada and the U.S.
    In April 2014 Les and his writing partner fire chief Lyle Quan wrote Leadership Prescribed: A Handbook for Fire Service Leaders. The book has received great reviews from chief officers and firefighters across North America and many departments across Canada are now purchasing the book to give to their firefighters.
    Today Les devotes his time consulting with volunteer fire departments and is a sought after speaker for leadership seminars and speaking engagements across Canada and the U.S. He is also an adjunct instructor for Dalhousie University, Lakeland College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

    Session Description

    This 90-minute presentation focuses on basic leadership levels that are important to know for any chief officer. Failing to understand the different levels can impact an officers leadership capacity.


  • Thursday


    Keynote 2
  • Thursday 14:45pm

    Keynote Closing - Courage Inside the Fire

    Darby Allen

    Darby Allen

    A native of Birmingham, England, where he worked as a Fireman for the Hampshire Fire Brigade, Darby emigrated to Canada in 1990, beginning work as a Fire Fighter with the Calgary Fire Department in 1992, moving up in rank from Training Officer to Assistant Deputy Chief of Operations, before moving on to Fort McMurray Fire Service in 2009 and becoming Fire Chief in January of 2013. Consistently calm and collected, he shot to international recognition as the lead spokesperson and the man that drove the evacuation of the entire community of Fort McMurray to safety, while the entire nation watched in horror as the fire threatened. Throughout the ensuing days and weeks, his updates on the status of the fire in the community and its impact on the surrounding area was often the only constant source of information for those impacted by the tragic events. He provided calm reassurance on the status of the community and when it came time to welcome residents back, he and his team were there with open arms to bring people back in to the city.

    Session Description

    Courage Inside the Fire

    • The week leading up to it
    • The Decision-making model used for the evacuations
    • His personal observations
    • Leadership
    • And an option for Q&A at the end

Information

Your Guide to Conference can be viewed here.
Your Partners Program can be viewed here.
A list of registered delegates can be viewed here
The agenda for the Annual General Meeting can be viewed here
Annual Reports can be viewed here
Resolutions and Special Resolutions can be viewed here

About us

Trades and Exhibitors

The BC Fire Expo is the largest exhibition of fire service equipment and services in the Pacific Northwest.
With an average of 125 inside booths and 30 outside displays, the BC Fire Expo attracts over 300 Chief Officers, Emergency Vehicle Technicians and firefighters from across B.C.
The event goes for 2 days starting Sunday at 11 am with the trade floor closing at 6 pm but the networking continues, to build those important relationships. It continues on Monday from 9 am to 3pm. There are a minimum of meetings scheduled during this period to maximize your "face time" with the attendees.
This is a unique opportunity to interact with departments of all sizes and compositions and some departments that are otherwise impossible to visit.
The BC Fire Expo is reasonably priced at only $850 per booth or outside space with one representative included in the price as well as coffee and meals. All 8' x 10' inside booths also include a table and 2 chairs and a fully carpeted floor as well as wireless internet inside - all included in this low price! If you are bringing more than one representative the extra registration of $110 also includes all meals and coffee breaks.


Future Locations

The Conference Committee has tentatively planned the following future dates and locations:

June 3 - 7, 2018   Victoria — Save on Foods Memorial Centre and Delta Ocean Pointe Resort
June 2 - 6, 2019   Penticton — Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
June 7-11, 2020   Lower Mainland — TBA
June 6-10, 2021   Okanagan — TBA


Chief Officers and Delegates

The annual education conference provides many benefits to delegates, including administrative education, best practices for government and municipal operations, new technology, and the latest safety concerns for our citizens and our firefighters.
Classes offered during the education summit provide key information on leading your Fire Department into the future.  The Conference Committee and Education Committee choose an annual "theme", with the educational sessions providing delegates innovative tools to help improve your community's safety.  The BC Fire Expo provides access to the local trade vendors specifically focused on our fire and emergency industry. 
All delegates who have attended the annual FCABC educational conferences have stated there is great value in attending, as they return with a better understanding of how to effectively manage and lead their fire departments.


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Contact Us:

Conference Contractor Ric Raynor
157 Brears Road South
Quesnel, B.C.
V2J 4G3
Phone 250-747-4334 or
Cell 250-316-9511
email info(at)bcfireexpo.ca
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FCABC Administrator Christine McLenan
118 Ravine Drive (Basement)
Port Moody, BC V3H 4T2
1 604 492-3080
1 855 301-8508 (Fax)
1 604 369-3080 (Mobile)
email admin(at)fcabc.ca
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