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2020 CAFC Committees and Working Groups

Over 100 members of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs generously volunteer their time and expertise to provide subject matter expertise and policy leadership on issues of importance to the fire service and to Canada in general. Per the CAFC Bylaws, the Committees are struck by and report to the CAFC Board of Directors.  They consist of active members of the association who are in good standing and occasionally and by invitation, some retired members as consultants. CAFC committees provide essential advice to the Board and the National Advisory Council. They help to ensuring that the CAFC positions are fair, transparent, rooted in the realities of the sector, evidence informed, and forward looking.  It is our pleasure to recognize them here. 

 

For a tentative calendar of committee meetings, please see here.

 

Answer the Call/Volunteer Fire: The committee will handle all issues related to volunteer firefighters, volunteer tax credit, recruitment, and the integration, promotion and evaluation of the of Answer the Call program. It will also update images for greater consistency with current health and safety standards.

Name

Department

Location

Deputy Chief Todd Binkley

Brantford Fire Department

Brantford, ON

Chief Dustin Curry

Tumbler Ridge Fire Department

Tumbler Ridge, AB

Chief Rob Evans

Redwood Meadows Emerg. Services

Redwood Meadows, AB

Chief Chris Harrow

Minto Fire

Palmerston, ON

Deputy Chief Dan Heney

Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority

Bonnyville, AB

Chief Greg Jones

Amherst Fire Department

Amherst, NS

Chief Peter Krich

City of Camrose Fire Department

Camrose, AB

Chief Robert Krause

Burns Lake Fire Rescue

Burns Lake, BC

Chief Vince MacKenzie (Chair)

Grand Falls Windsor Fire Dept.

Grand Falls Windsor, NL

Deputy Chief Keri Martens

Canmore Fire Rescue

Canmore, AB

Graham Pawlett

Canadian Vol. Fire Service Assoc.

Port Moody, BC

Directeur Alain Pharand

Service incendie Varennes

Varennes, QC

Chief Brad Yochim

Wallace District Fire Dept

Virden, MB

 

 

Best Practice/Knowledge Translation/Education: The committee continues to work on the fire research roster, the fire researcher of the year award, and the national fire information database. It will also update the Red Book. Requests from external committees that do not have a “substantive committee” within CAFC, are forwarded here.

Members

Department

Location

Deputy Chief Amber Coleman

Parkland County Fire Service

Parkland County, AB

Fire Service Manager Dean Colthorp

First Nations' Emerg. Serv. Society

Chilliwack, BC

Assit. Chief Ihor Holowczynsky (Chair)

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Winnipeg, MB

Shayne Mintz

NFPA

Blue Mountains, ON

Deputy Chief Broderick Moore

City of Leduc Fire Services

Leduc, AB

Chef de Division Daniel Perron

MRC de Marguerite d'Youville

Verchères, QC

James Rychard

Burlington Fire Department

Burlington, ON

Deputy Chief David Meldrum

Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency

Halifax, NS

Assistant Chief Anthony Tataryn

Saskatoon Fire Department

Saskatoon, SK

Chief Brad Yochim

Wallace District Fire Dept.

Virden, MB

 

 

Building Codes The Committee helps the fire sector stay apprised of changes in the Building Codes. This includes responding to the codes change proposals and also undertaking the challenge of making a code change proposals. We strongly support an objective in the code to protect first responder safety. The committee strives to understand and work within the Codes process. It also focuses on a CASA funded project around the incentives that can encourage sprinklers, floor joists, wild land urban interface, and will help to generate the evidence to support a code proposal related to radio interoperability within buildings. 

Members

Department

Location

Deputy Chief Todd Binkley

Brantford Fire Department

Brantford, ON

Deputy Chief Russel Croome

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services

Edmonton, AB

Fire Marshal Sean Cunningham

Parkland County Fire Services

Parkland County, AB

Chief Trevor Dackow

RM of Morris Fire Department

Morris, MB

Chief John Fredericks

Yellowknife Fire Division

Yellowknife, NWT

Deputy Chief Ken Hubbard

Airdrie Fire Department

Airdrie, AB

Chief Ian Josephson

Chilliwack Fire Department

Chilliwack, BC

Chief Keven Lefebvre

Leduc County Fire Services

Leduc, AB

Brian McBain

ULC

Ottawa, ON

Shayne Mintz

NFPA

Blue Mountains, ON

RET Chief FP Gaetan Morinville (CoChair)

Dept. Of National Defense

Ottawa, ON

Assistant Chief Steve Robinson

Kamloops Fire Rescue

Kamloops, BC

Retired Chief John Siggers

Halifax Regional Fire & Emerg.

Halifax, AB

Peter Simpson

Dayspring & District Fire Dept.

Upper LaHave, NS

Retired Deputy Chief Brian Smith

 

Middle Sackville, NS

RET Dept. Chief Sean Tracey (Co-Chair)

Ottawa Fire Services

Ottawa, ON

Assistant Chief Pat Walker

Township of Langley Fire Dept.

Langley, BC

 

 

Diversity and Inclusion: The Committee provides guidance and oversight to related initiatives. Its main focus has been gender, indigenous education, and ally-ship, but other areas may become a focus. The committee provides the diversity needed to allow a focus on various under-represented subgroups i.e. women chiefs networks.

Members

Department

Location

Directeur Adjoint Richard Amnotte

Sécurité Incendie - Ville de Levis

Levis, QC

Deputy Chief Todd Binkley

Brantford Fire Department

St. Albert, AB

Division Chief Michael Boyle

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Depart.

Rothesay, NB

Deputy Chief Amber Coleman

Parkland County Fire Service

Parkland County, AB

Captain Scott Cowan

Calgary Fire Department

Calgary, AB

Deputy Chief Danny Freeman

Okotoks Fire Department

Okotoks, AB

Deputy Chief Keri Martens (co-Chair)

Canmore Fire Rescue

Canmore, AB

Deputy Chief Broderick Moore

City of Leduc Fire Services

Leduc, AB

Deputy Chief Jeremy Parkin

Rama Fire Rescue Service

Rama, ON

Assistant Chief Nadya-Lise Paré

Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency

Middle Sackville, NS

Chief Deryn Rizzi

Vaughan Fire & Rescue Service

Vaughan, ON

Deputy Chief Mcgregor Saunders

City of North Bay

North Bay, ON

Chief Michael Seth

Cape Breton Regional Fire Services

Sydney, NS

Chief Ken Stuebing

Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency

Halifax, NS

Assistant Chief Anthony Tataryn

Saskatoon Fire Department

Saskatoon, SK

Deputy Chief Ken Uzeloc

Calgary Fire Department

Calgary, AB

Laurie VandeSchoot (co-Chair)

Retired

Calgary, AB

 

 

Drones Committee: This committee was created in response to the 2019 resolution regarding the capacity of fire departments to meet new drone regulations, maximize the ability to respond to this technology, and work with Transport Canada to further conversation on drone coverage.

Members

Department

Location

Sheldon Barker

Public Safety Canada – CSC

Abbotsford, BC

Chief Dave Robertson

South Glengarry Fire Service

Lancaster, ON

Chief Rob Evans

Redwood Meadows Emerg. Services

Redwood Meadows, AB

Fire Marshal Sean Cunningham

Parkland County Fire Services

Parkland County, AB

Shayne Mintz

NFPA

Blue Mountains, ON

Assistant Chief Steve Robinson

Kamloops Fire Rescue

Kamloops, BC

Regional Chief Steven Debienne

Clearwater Reg. Fire Resc. Service

Rocky Mount. House, AB

Assistant Chief Walt Warner

Dist. of N Vancouver Fire & Rescue

North Vancouver, BC

Chief Marty Wellwood

Grey Highlands Fire & Emerg. Services

Markdale, ON

Scott Wilkinson (Chair)

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Winnipeg, MB

Division Chief Shawn White

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Depart.

Rothesay, NB

Chief Brad Yochim

Wallace District Fire Department

Virden, MB

 

 

Executive Chief Fire Officer Council (ECFO): Oversees ECFO program, curriculum, does assessments of ECFO applications and submissions, oversees the Maintenance of Certification program, and focusses on succession planning for up and coming fire leaders.

Members

Department

Location

Deputy Chief Monty Armstrong

Township of Langley Fire Department

Langley, BC

Division Chief Mike Boyle

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department

Rothesay, NB

Trevor Brice

 

Meota, SK

Fire Service Mgr. Dean Colthorp

First Nations' Emerg. Serv. Society

Chilliwack, BC

Deputy Chief Adam Eckhart

Welland Fire & Emergency Services

Welland, ON

Chief Brian Hutchinson

Dist. of North Vancouver Fire & Rescue

North Vancouver, BC

Chief Greg Jones

Amherst Fire Department

Amherst, NS

Chief Phil Lemire (Chair)

White Rock Fire Rescue

White Rock, BC

Chief Len MacCharles

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services

Nelson, BC

Deputy Chief Linda Masson

Airdrie Fire Department

Airdrie, AB

Chief John McKearney

Whistler Fire Rescue Service

Vancouver, BC

Chief Rod Nielson

Brookfield Fire & Emergency Services

Brookfield, NS

Chief Jim Sawkins

Town of Erin Fire & Emergency Services

Hillsburgh, ON

 

 

Fire Prevention/EM/Climate Emergency: Following the resolution at the 2019 AGM, the Fire Prevention Committee addresses prevention, preparedness, carbon footprint and climate change. 

Members

Department

Location

Chef de Division Chantal Bibeau

SSI de Laval

Laval, QC

Fire Marshal Sean Cunningham

Parkland County Fire Services

Parkland Cnty., AB

Chief Dustin Curry

Tumbler Ridge Fire Department

Tumbler Ridge, BC

Assistant Deputy Chief Jon Evans

Red Deer Emergency Services

Red Deer, AB

Chef de Division Daniel Perron(Chair)

MRC de Marguerite d'Youville

Verchère, QC

Deputy Chief Ken Hubbard

Airdrie Fire Department

Airdrie, AB

Deputy Chief Ken Uzeloc

Calgary Fire Department

Calgary, AB

Division Chief Mike Boyle

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department

Rothesay, NB

Assistant Chief Steve Robinson

Kamloops Fire Rescue

Kamloops, BC

 

 

Fire Rescue Canada 2020: Hosts Fire-Rescue Canada and webinar series. This year, a focus will be on populating the Webinar Series but also figuring our policy as it pertains for the 2020 event. Further consideration will have to be given for the 2021 conference.

Members

Department

Location

Directeur Adjoint Richard Amnotte

Sécurité Incendie - Ville de Levis

Levis, QC

Chief Rob Evans

Redwood Meadows Emerg. Services

Redwood Meadows, AB

Deputy Chief Keri Martens

Canmore Fire Rescue

Canmore, AB

Chief John McKearney

Whistler Fire Rescue Service

Vancouver, BC

Chief Ken McMullen

Red Deer Emergency Services

Red Deer, AB

Chef de Division Daniel Perron

MRC de Marguerite d'Youville

Verchère, QC

 

 

Heavy Urban Search and Rescue (HUSAR): Advances a national communication on Heavy Urban Search and Rescue deployment both within HUSAR teams and to other regions and departments.

Members

Department

Location

Sheldon Barker

Public Safety Canada - CSC

Abbotsford, BC

Chief John Fredericks

Yellowknife Fire Division

Yellowknife, NWT

Chief Brian Hutchinson

District of North Vancouver Fire & Rescue

North Vancouver, BC

Deputy Chief Susan Henry

Calgary Emergency Management Agency

Calgary, AB

Amanda Kistindey

ERT-SAR

Scarborough, ON

Chief John Lane

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Winnipeg, MB

Chief Mike Owens

Port Alberni Fire Department

Port Alberni, BC

Chief Matthew Pegg (Chair)

Toronto Fire Services

Toronto, ON

Tobin Praznik

Office of the Fire Commissioner

Winnipeg, MB

Chief Darrell Reid

Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services

Vancouver, BC

Chief Tom Sampson

CEMA

Calgary, AB

 

 

Industry (Dangerous Goods) and Infrastructure: With the number of external initiatives that seek endorsement or input of the CAFC related to dangerous goods, this committee is a committee struck to advise and respond to issues related to Dangerous Goods, Industry and Infrastructure.

Members

Department

Location

Chief Craig Anderson

Imperial Oil Fire Department

Sarnia, ON

Sheldon Barker

Public Safety Canada - CSC

Abbotsford, BC

Deputy Chief Todd Binkley

Brantford Fire Services

Brantford, ON

Chief Steve Byford

Taylor Fire Rescue

Taylor, BC

Chief Chris Case

Chatham-Kent Fire & Emerg. Services

Chatham, ON

Chief Kevin Clifford

Saint John Fire Department

Saint John, NB

Brian Ladds

Calgary Fire Department

Calgary, AB

Captain Bruce Lake

Halifax Regional Fire & Emerg.

Williamswood, NS

Chief Ed Melanson

Fort Erie Fire Department

Fort Erie, ON

Chef de Div. Daniel Perron (Chair)

MRC de Marguerite d'Youville

Verchère, QC

Directeur Alain Pharand

Service incendie Varennes

Varennes, QC

Corey Schram

St. Albert Fire Services

St. Albert, AB

Deputy Chief Ken Uzeloc

Calgary Fire Department

Calgary, AB

Chief Jason Whiteley

North Bay Fire & Emerg. Services

North Bay, ON

 

 

Interoperability / Public Safety Broadband Network: Oversees the education and consultation needed around Building out the Temporary National Coordinating Office. Determines the future of CITIG in collaboration with the Board and NAC.

Members

Department

Location

Deputy Chief Monty Armstrong

Township of Langley Fire Department

Langley, BC

Stephanie Bremer

Campbell River Fire Rescue

Campbell River, BC

Deputy Chief Dave Elloway

Guelph Fire Department

Guelph, ON

AD Chief Jonathan Evans

Red Deer Emergency Services

Red Deer, AB

Chief Greg Jones

Amherst Fire Department

Amherst, NS

Deputy Chief Dan McCoy

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department

Rothesay, NB

Denis Pilon

Retired Chief

Regina, SK

Assistant Chief Steve Robinson

Kamloops Fire Rescue

Kamloops, BC

DC Bryan Singleton (Chair)

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services

Edmonton, AB

 

 

Membership: Develops and implements a membership action plan, undertakes general survey of members, works bilaterally with each NAC member to develop plan for province/region/group, develops and explores divisions particularly industrial division, women’s division, and fire prevention officer division.

Members

Department

Location

Dir. adj. Richard Amnotte (Chair)

Sécurité Incendie - Ville de Levis

Levis, QC

Chief Vince MacKenzie

Grand Falls Windsor Fire Dept.

Grand Falls Windsor, NL

Deputy Chief Dan McCoy

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Department

Rothesay, NB

Chief Cam Abrey

Dauphin Fire Department

Dauphin, MB

Major David Jane

Department of National Defense

Ottawa, ON

Fire Service Mgr. Dean Colthorp

First Nations' Emerg. Serv. Society

Chilliwack, BC

Chief Tim Tomczynski

Tulita Fire Rescue

Tulita, NWT

Chief Jim Sawkins

Town of Erin Fire & Emerg. Services

Hillsburgh, ON

 

 

Mental and Physical Health: The Committee advises the CAFC on issues of mental health and wellness, particularly on the issue of mental health awareness training and as it pertains to federal funding that has been released.

Members

Department

Location

Chief Rick Arnel

Essex Fire & Rescue

Essex, ON

Sheldon Barker

Public Safety Canada CSC

Abbotsford, BC

Deputy Chief Todd Binkley

Brantford Fire Services

Brantford, ON

Chief Rob Collins

Town of The Blue Mountains

Thornbury, ON

Captain Scott Cowan

Calgary Fire Department

Calgary, AB

Deputy Chief Russ Drohomereski

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Winnipeg, MB

Deputy Chief Danny Freeman

Okotoks Fire Department

Calgary, AB

Chief John Heffernan

Conception Bay South Fire Dept.

Conception Bay S, NFL

Reg. Deputy Chief Dan Heney

Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority

Bonnyville, AB

Deputy Chief Dan McCoy

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Dept.

Rothesay, NB

Chief Ken McMullen (Chair)

Red Deer Emergency Services

Red Deer, AB

Assistant Chief Steve Robinson

Kamloops Fire Rescue

Kamloops, BC

James Rychard

Burlington Fire Department

Burlington, ON

Chief Brent Thomas

Orillia Fire Department

Orillia, ON

Bernie Van Tighem

Lakeland Coll., Emerg. Training Ctr.

Vermillion, AB

Division Chief Shawn White

Kennebecasis Valley Fire Depart.

Rothesay, NB

Scott Wilkinson

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

Winnipeg, MB

 

 

Nominations, Bylaws and Resolutions: Runs the nomination and election process. Hosts resolutions and ensures bylaws are up-to-date and AGM needs met. The Resolutions & Bylaws Committee will also work on issues related to succession planning across all committees and parts of the association.

Members

Department

Location

Dean Clark

AB Office of the Fire Commissioner

Innisfall, AB

Fire Serv. Mgr. Dean Colthorp (co-Chair)

First Nations' Emerg. Serv. Society

Chilliwack, BC

Chief Rob Evans

Redwood Meadows Emerg. Service

Redwood Mdws, AB

Deputy Chief Tyler Pelke

Red Deer Emergency Services

Calgary, AB

Chief Jim Sawkins

Town of Erin Fire & Emerg. Serv

Hillsburgh, ON

Chief Andy Thiessen

City of Morden

Morden, MB

Chief Jason Whiteley (Co-Chair)

North Bay Fire & Emerg. Services

North Bay, ON

 

 

 



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