Pictures of 2013
Pictures from 2013
In late February, the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) Fire Investigations Services (FIS) was requested to investigate the cause and origin of the fire that occurred in Hotel Quinte in Belleville. Pictured here, OFM FIS Supervisor Wayne Romaine, OFM investigators Peter Hamilton and Tim Gore and a fire prevention officer from Belleville Fire & Emergency Services took a few moments to speak with Katie Fisher, residential counsellor at Sir James Whitney and the boys with her to tell them about how their work contributes to community safety.
Fire Marshal Wieclawek speaks at a news conference about the East Gwillimbury fire investigation in April. Wieclawek confirmed that there was a delay in the detection of this fatal fire in which four people tragically perrshed. Details about the ongoing investigation can be accessed on the Office of the Fire Marshal’s website.
In February, members of the Simcoe County Fire Prevention Officers Association (SCFPOA) attended a sprinkler systems session at the Ontario Fire College’s (OFC’s) Fire Prevention Officer’s lab.
OFC instructor David Tiller gave an informative and hands on demonstration of proper maintenance procedures for the systems so that the fire prevention officers would become more familiar with the systems. At the end of the day, the information that the fire prevention officers learned will help them to ensure that Ontario Fire Code maintenance requirements for the systems are being met in their municipalities.
The SCFPOA is comprised of members from 28 fire departments in Simcoe County and several outside the borders along with numerous associate members from the fire alarm, life safety, sprinkler and school boards. The SCFPOA is grateful to Tiller and the OFC for the session. (Submitted by Robert Bolt, Fire Prevention Officer, Collingwood Fire Department.)
In early February, Fire Marshal Wieclawek gave a presentation to the Fire Coordinators at their annual conference at the Ontario Fire College. He was met with positive feedback and thanked for enhancing integration within the Ontario fire service through the 3 Lines of Defence. Wieclawek was also applauded for his understanding of where the fire service stands and for the OFM’s help to provide solutions to help the fire service continue to do the work they need to do.
Ted Wieclawek, Fire Marshal of Ontario was at TVOKids on February 28 as part of the ‘Push the Button’ campaign. He spoke with Dalmar, a host of My Space and provided information about the importance of having working smoke alarms. Photo courtesy of TVOKids.
Members of the Ontario Fire Service Pipes and Drums play variety of songs during an intermission at the Northeastern Fire Education Conference in North Bay.
Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek spoke at the Northeastern Fire Education Conference in North Bay in March. One of the many topics he touched on included the transition from the Ontario Fire Services Standards to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) Professional Qualifications Standards. A Communiqué about this transition was distributed in April.
Fire Marshal Wieclawek at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Conference and Trade Show in May. He provided updates on a number of key initiatives including Technical Advisory Committee, Public Safety College, Transition to National Fire Protection Association Professional Qualifications Standards, Ministry of Labour/OFM Outreach Strategy, Integrated Risk Management Program and discussed what recent fatal fires and fatalities have revealed about fire protection services in the province.
The OFM booth at the OAFC Annual Tradeshow and Conference. The focus of the display was on the 3 Lines of Defence and a balanced approach to fire protection services in the province.
From left OFM Fire Protection Engineers Mike Ng and Kim Bailey were on hand at the OFM display to speak to OAFC attendees about the 2nd line of Defence – Fire Safety Standards & Enforcement.
From left, Denise Wallace, Chris Slosser and Ryan Betts attended the OFM display during the OAFC conference to speak with attendees about the 1st line of defence - Public Fire Safety Education.
Another angle of the OFM display at the annual OAFC Trade Show and Conference.
From left are Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal; Amanda Wilkins; Fire Chief Tony Van Dam, Springwater Fire Department; and Daniel Langlois, Chair, Fire Safety Awards Standing Committee at the Fire Safety Awards.
Rick Finnemore, OFM Fire Protection Advisor stands beside Mark McKinnon, President of the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association at Toronto Fire Services Firefighter Memorial Service in mid June.
Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal speaks to the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) in June. This year the CFAA is celebrating 40 years. It was the first time that an Ontario Fire Marshal had addressed the group.
In late June, there was an official opening ceremony for the Kingston Fire & Rescue Training Facility. Seen here are Rheaume Chaput, Kingston Fire Chief and Ted Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal after having uncoupled a fire hose to symbolize the facility to be officially open. The creation of the facility was part of the Region’s Master Fire Plan in 2010.
Ontario Fire College
Ontario Fire College (OFC) Ken Benoit, A/Academic Unit Manager and Fire Marshal Wieclawek tour the grounds of the OFC. Here, the two speak about some of the ongoing fire ground activities and courses that the OFC offers students.
Fire Marshal Wieclawek looks at the new dock at the Ontario Fire College. The new floating dock system is attached to the mainland, provides approximately 20 boat slips and increases the area for the local fish habitat. The new dock is regularly used by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), an OFM public safety partner so that they may train their officers. The OPP also provides a spring marine training course for the Ontario fire service.
In support of the Ontario Fire College and the Fire Marshal’s commitment to operating a central fire college, OFM Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit specialists regularly provide technical expertise in the delivery of NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction training courses. At the Northeastern Fire Education Conference, the OFM displayed some of the tools and equipment used in the delivery of the mission specific competency module for air monitoring. Utilizing these and other simulation props the OFC continues to deliver exemplary Hazardous Materials & WMD training that is recognized internationally through its Pro Board and IFSAC certification.
The front entrance to the residence to the OFC residence building has been enhanced to include Muskoka stonework and doors that open automatically for greater ease and enhanced efficiencies for heating and cooling systems.
Fire Marshal Wieclawek speaks to Kurt Allen, Ontario Fire College (OFC) maintenance mechanic about the OFC workshop (seen here). Not so many years ago the workshop was the place where all the furniture for the College was made.
A grouping of solar panels has been installed at the College as part of the solar photovoltaic system awareness training course for firefighters. The prop is connected to a nearby lamp post (in photo). The course helps to demonstrate how these systems operate and gives instructors the opportunity to teach students about important firefighter health and safety measures that should be taken when dealing with these systems.
A look inside Scott Hall during the 2013 Ontario Fire College Graduation reception for Company Officers and Training Officers on May 24. Another reception was held later in the day for the Fire Prevention Officers and Public Fire and Life Safety Educator graduates. Both events showcased the recent renovations to the heritage building.