2017 Speaker Information

Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC

Annual Seminar - 2017 


Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, 2017

8:30 – 4:30

Pre-Conference Workshop - Fire Service Instructor II

This course exposes the student to scheduling, budget, records and reports and instructor evaluation requirements of a Training Officer. Fire Service Instructor II will explore the elements of instructional development, delivery, course evaluations and test analysis. This course is accredited to NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, Chapter 5. Upon completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate of completion with IFSAC and Pro Board seals. (Formerly S102).  Prerequisites:  FIRE-1201 (Fire Service Instructor I)

Monday, May 8, 2016

8:30 – 10:00

Office of the Fire Commissioner

Gordon Anderson, CFO, MIFIREE

Gordon Anderson was appointed as Fire Commissioner in April 2014 after serving for 7 months as Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner.  Gordon had retired in late 2012 after serving his last 6 years in the position of Deputy Fire Chief with Esquimalt Fire Rescue.  He has also served as a Chief Training Officer and been a contract instructor teaching a variety of operational and administrative fire service courses, most recently involving the NFPA Fire Officer 3 and 4 programs.  Gordon’s experience spans both the volunteer and career fire sectors.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Victoria and is currently completing his Bachelor of Public Safety Administration.  He holds the professional designations of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE).

10:15 – 12:00

Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) – The Canadian Fire Insurance Grading Index

An overview of the Canadian Fire Insurance Grading Index covering the origins; the Grading systems; how the grades are determined; how they are accessed, and how they are used.

Robert McGuiness

Robert has been employed as a Public Fire Protection Specialist with the Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) since 2009

13:00 – 14:30

Excellence is Achieved When Everyone is Engaged

Join Kelowna (KFD) Fire Chief Jeff Carlisle as he shares a process he undertook to identify the underlying conditions for success his organization. Having completed hundreds of individual interviews, learn about the steps Chief Carlisle took to gather feedback from those closest to the work on the front lines – then use that to build change within KFD. The Chief will discuss how this lead to increased accountability and built a stronger, more engaged fire service in Kelowna.

Chief Jeff Carlisle, Kelowna Fire Department

Originally from Owen Sound, Ontario, Jeff Carlisle joined the Canadian Forces in 1974. Following basic training at Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Jeff transferred to Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario for apprentice firefighter training at the Canadian Forces' Fire Academy.  For the next 24 years, Jeff served in posts across Canada, 4 ½ years in Germany, and 2 years in the Canadian Navy, He progressed through the military system achieving positions from frontline firefighter to fire chief. In 1988, Jeff received an Officer’s Commission and, in 1989, completed his training as a Military Engineer. Career highlights include being a member of a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards board, and Canadian Fire Service delegation leader for NATO.  In 1998, he retired from the Canadian Forces Fire Services. After working for a brief period as a contractor in Goose Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador, he accepted a Deputy Chief position with the Fort McMurray Fire Department, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in 1999.  In 2001, Jeff was promoted to the position of Regional Fire Chief, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. In 2003, Jeff received a Ministerial appointment to the Alberta Fire Service Advisory Committee. In January 2008 he completed a Master of Arts, Leadership degree.   He is the recipient of a Premier’s Award of Excellence and Alberta Centennial Medal for his contributions to the Alberta Fire Service. Jeff holds the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer and is a Local Assistant to the Office of the British Columbia Fire Commissioner

In addition the above, Jeff is the recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration and 1st clasp, and the Special Service Medal (NATO) Bar. He is a member of the British Columbia, Canadian, and International Fire Chief’s Associations.  In April 2008, Jeff accepted the position of Fire Chief for the City of Vernon and in January 2011 was extremely fortunate to be accepted as the Fire Chief for the City of Kelowna. A position he currently holds today

14:45 – 16:30


Kelly Johnston

Opening Ceremonies and Banquet



Adapt to Prevent PTSD

Topic covers PTSD awareness and creating dialog as well as developing traumatic incident tracking to prevent PTSD.

Key Note Speaker - Wayne Jasper

Wayne recently retired after 33 years in the Fire Service (30 as a career firefighter with CFB Esquimalt Fire and Rescue)

10 years on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

9 years as an Auxiliary Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Wayne has  spoken to numerous conferences and individual departments across Canada on the topic of PTSD in order to increase awareness on it effects not only on those suffereing from it but on those close to them.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

8:30 – 10:00


Shayne Mintz

Shayne Mintz has over 38 years experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of fire and life safety.  Shayne is a career firefighter and retired from the fire service as Chief of the Burlington Fire Department.

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. 

10:15 - 12:00


There has been a lot of changes over the years to the Smoke Alarm Standard and there are more changes coming with the advancement in new technologies. In addition with the changes to the smoke alarm construction comes changes to the installation and maintenance documents.
We will be discussing the CAN/ULC-S531 Standard for Smoke Alarms, CAN/ULC-S553 Standard for the Installation of Smoke Alarms and CAN/ULC-S552 Standard for the Maintenance of Smoke Alarms

Brian McBain

Brian has over 23 years of experience in fire and emergency services and has worked in all aspects of fire and life safety. He presently works for Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Representative where he provides assistance to regulatory authorities across Canada with regards to ULC certification and ULC Standards. Brian has worked at ULC for 12 years.  Brian also served three years at the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM)as a Fire Protection Specialist where he provided advice and assistance to municipalities and fire departments with compliance to the Ontario Fire Protection and Fire Prevention Act and the Ontario Fire Code.  He also worked for nine years in the Fire Protection Service industry in various positions including manager of inspections where he over saw the inspections of fire alarm and sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and other fire protection and life safety systems.  Mr. McBain has 23 years as a volunteer firefighter and fire prevention officer in Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. During these years he was successful in completing numerous Chief Fire Officer and FireInspector courses including NFPA 1021 Fire Officer Level IV.

13:00 -1 4:30

Total Power – Generator Testing and Maintenance

Mike will be presenting the maintenance requirements outlined in the CSA-C28-09 Standard.  This will cover fuel storage, weekly inspections, monthly inspections and testing including semi-annual and annual maintenance and testing requirements. Mike will also outline changes within the latest 2015 version.

Mike August

Mike has been in the power generation field for over 28 years, EGSA certified, and a Generac Certified Master technician and trainer. Mike is also a member of both the CSA C282 technical committee and CSA B138 technical committee and a founding member of the Fleming College EPG advisory council.

Wednesday, May 5, 2016

8:30 - 10:00

Dr Kunz

Dr. Kunz received his Bachelor of Science degree and the University Gold Medal for chemistry in 1982 from the University of Winnipeg. Thereafter, he completed his medical degree and clinical internship at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Center in 1987. He then received a Medical Research Council Scholarship from Ottawa to undertake studies leading to a Ph.D. in cancer pharmacology, which he completed at the Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Following medical school, he served as a clinical research physician for Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, IN., where he participated in cancer drug development and clinical trials. He has worked as a medical oncology consultant in academic medicine, as well as private practice in Arizona and North Carolina.

Currently, he works as a writer, lecturer and independent consultant to the medical and scientific communities of BC, giving medical lectures province-wide on cancer-related diseases and disorders of the blood. He has a particular interest in cancer prevention and Job-Related Cancers as they affect firefighters and emergency response workers. He lives in Victoria, BC with his two children and is a competitive 800 meters runner.

10:15 - 10:45

Kokanee Physio

The presentation will focus on the main postural and movement faults that can lead to injury with the types of tasks firefighters are exposed to on a daily basis. Strategies for limiting these aberrant stresses on the body will be summarized, along with ideas for possible screening assessments to help individualize self-management strategies throughout a member's career.

Joe Melo

Joe earned his Master of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia after completing a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree in 2007. During his time working in private practice in Vancouver, he pursued post-graduate certifications in acupuncture (CAFCI), manual therapy, Functional Movement Systems (FMS), and K-Taping. Since moving to the Kootenays, he has further expanded his knowledge of rehabilitating shoulder injuries and provides custom knee bracing services. Joe’s treatment approach utilizes manual therapy, education, dry needling, and corrective exercises to help patients achieve their unique therapy goals.

10:45 - 12:00

PPE for Fire Investigators

Discuss fire investigator personal protective equipment and th need for the elevated level of protection due to the health rises.  This will be an awareness session and will include discussion on personal fitness both physically and mentally.  Skin absorption of toxic carcinogens will be highlighted.

Cpt. Shaun Neighbour

Currently Captain - Fire Protective Services for Port Coquitlam Fire Rescue
24 years in the fire service.  18 years as a suppression firefighter including 3 years volunteer with Surrey Fire Department.
2 years as a Fire Inspector
10 years Honour Guard duty
4 years Union Executive duty
Currently sitting on the FPOABC as Zone 2 Director and as a Board Member of the IAAI - Chapter 15
Honour House volunteer.
Husband and father of two

13:00 – 16:30

Kootenay Dam Tour

Thursday, May 11, 2016

8:30 - 10:00

Diversity Consideration in Fire Education

Richmond Fire-Rescue has undergone a monumental diversity information gathering project thorough focus groups within the local community to understand their needs, knowledge and differences. This has enabled us to better understand the cultural differences of our community and better serve their needs through mutual understanding.

Brian MacLeod

Previously the Fire and Life Safety Educator 2014-2015

Current Community Relations Officer

FPOABC Public Educator of the Year – 2016

10:15 - 12:00

Firefighter Autism Awareness Training Program

In the last two decades there has been a dramatic rise in the prevalence of autism. In order to better serve our community and with the goal of a positive outcome for any incident or encounter between firefighters and a person with Autism, it was identified by District of North Vancouver that Fire Fighters need to be trained to help persons with Autism.

Ben Wilson, Captain – Fire Prevention


13:00 - 16:30

RCMP Cladenstine Lab Enforcement and Response Team

RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team – the recognition and dangers of Clandestine Labs. From Fire Investigators and Fire Inspectors perspective – how you would recognize the signs that a lab had been on site both while inspecting and at a fire scene. 

Cpt Shawn Fisher

Cpl. Shawn FISHER has been a member of the RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team since 2012. During this time, he has been involved in numerous clan lab investigations including MDMA, MDA, DMT, Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, marihuana extraction as well as numerous other types of drugs. Cpl. FISHER has presented in Ottawa on the National Clan Lab Investigators course as well as the National Expert Witness course. Cpl. FISHER is also a regular presenter on the Drug Investigative Techniques course held in Chilliwack, BC at the Canadian Police College. Cpl. FISHER routinely visits fire halls throughout the Province to present on the recognition and dangers of Clandestine Labs.

Constable Mike McNab

Constable McNAB has been a member of the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team since 2013. During this time, he has been involved in numerous clan lab investigations including MDMA, MDA, DMT, Fentanyl, Methamphetamine, marihuana extraction as well as numerous other types of drugs. Constable McNAB is also a regular presenter on the Drug Investigative Techniques course held in Chilliwack, BC at the Canadian Police College. Constable McNAB routinely visits fire halls throughout the Province to present on the recognition and dangers of Clandestine Labs.