2018 Speaker Information

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Fire Prevention Officers’ Association of BC

Annual Seminar - 2018

Pre-Conference Workshop

Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2018
8:30 – 4:30

Information Officer

Acquire the skills and knowledge required of an Information Officer working at an emergency site or at a site support facility. Learn how to write key messages and media releases; communicate effectively with the public, media, and internal stakeholders; and utilize a variety of communication media.(Formerly EM186).  It features applied scenarios and activities, and includes an exam.

Prerequisites: Complete EMRG-1200 or EMRG-1220 or EMRG-1230 or EMRG-1240 or EMRG-1320.


Monday, April 30, 2018
8:30 – 9:30

Update from the Office 

Stephen Hannah, Office of the Fire Commissioner

Fire Reporting System

Liz England, Office of the Fire Commissioner


10:00 – 12:00

Local Solutions for a National Challenge

Kelly's presentation will provide an overview of FireSmart Canada and the various FireSmart outreach program, best practices, resources, tools and initiatives available to support communities in becoming fire adapted and fire resilient

Kelly Johnston, FireSmart Canada

Kelly began his wildland fire management career in 1991, as a seasonal firefighter for the BC Forest Service. In 1995, he moved to Parks Canada, where he continued to develop his fire management experience while working all across Canada and progressing to the Western Canada Fire Management Officer position. In 2005, Kelly accepted a position with the City of Kamloops, where he developed and led the Community Wildfire Protection Program. Kelly continued his contributions on various wildfire initiatives and working groups at the regional, provincial, national and international levels; including his past roles as a Director and Vice President for Partners in Protection (FireSmart Canada) and his current appointment to the National Fire Protection involvement in developing innovative fire management solutions across Canada, the United States and internationally. At that time, he also accepted the position of Executive Director with the Partners in Protection Association (FireSmart Canada). Kelly maintains his qualifications as a consulting Registered Professional Forester, IFSAC accredited Structural Firefighter II, Wildland Fire Behaviour Specialist and Ignition Specialist.


13:00 – 14:30

Inspection of Overhead Door
Jason and Roger, Overhead Door


14:45 – 16:30

Inspections Through the Eyes of a Quad
Jim Ryan

While swimming in Hawaii, Jim was hit by a wave and had his head driven into the sand at the bottom of the ocean. He was instantly paralyzed and drowned. Persons on the beach and the lifeguards on duty revived him. Jim spent almost 10 months in hospital and in rehab recovering, learning how to breathe again and learning how to live as a quadriplegic. Since returning home, Jim has spoken to many groups, from service groups to university classes on his accident, recovery, experiences in the healthcare system and living as a quadriplegic in society. He is an ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation, a member of the City of Chilliwack Transportation Advisory Committee and other groups in Chilliwack and the Lower Mainland.

As Jim has received much from many people and groups since his accident he makes every effort to give back and pay forward to others in society.


Food Truck – Metro Area Discussion
Forrest Weissler, Richmond Fire


Opening Ceremonies and Banquet

Key Note Speaker


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
8:30 – 9:30

Bassem Abadir, Sr. Fire Protection


10:00 - 12:00

Understanding and Inspecting Generators

Are you comfortable inspecting emergency generators? Can you read a load test; determine if the generator is able to accept the transfer load and assess the fuel? These are just a few of the crucial questions that must be answered when you discover a generator. Learn what you need to know as a SCO when doing generator inspections. You will leave this lecture with the knowledge and tools required to identify and inspect an emergency generator with confidence.

Marc Royer, Lethbridge Fire Prevention Bureau / FPOABC Zone 6 Director

Marc is a senior Level Ill Fire Inspector/Investigator for the City of Lethbridge. He works in all parts of the code but is considered an expert in the inspection of generators and the storage and containment of hazardous materials and petroleum. Marc also works as a private contractor for the Alberta Safety Codes Council. He is an Advisor for students taking fire safety code courses online. He recently was asked to design new practicum evaluations for NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector Level I & II courses for an Alberta Safety Codes pilot project. Marc has also taught at several jurisdictions in British Columbia and Alberta. Marc is a dynamic and interesting speaker sharing relevant information to the Safety Codes Officer.


13:00 -14:30 

How Electricity Starts Fires
George Razzo and Dave Shavalier, Technical Safety BC

George Razzo, Electrical Safety Officer for 20 years.  Dave Shavalier, Electrical Safety Officer for 24 years.  Forty-one years in the military service.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
8:30 – 9:30

How Does ERAC Support Dangerous Goods Emergency Response?

Join Spencer Buckland, President, Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) , as he walks through how ERAC supports first responders at rail, road and stationary tank incidents for LPG and flammable liquids.  Spencer will describe the process as it unfolds, the roles of each of the stakeholders and the resources available to those on scene.  Finally, learn how support to first responders is one of ERAC’s four focus areas, including online and on-site firefighting training for first responders across Canada, as well as emergency response assistance.

Spencer Buckland, President, Emergency Response Assistance in Canada

Spencer has a diverse background with more than 17 years of senior management and leadership experience in various industries.  Spencer is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, NFPA 472 firefighting, Tank Car Specialist, a certified Hazmat Technician and holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, Victoria.

Spencer Buckland is the President at Emergency Response Assistance Canada and is responsible for overseeing training, assessment and approval of more than 400 hazardous materials responders annually.  Spencer leads a dedicated team to ensure effective emergency preparedness and response management 24/7/365 for more than 350 organizations across Canada.


10:00 – 11:00

Counterfeit Fire Products - A Fire Inspectors/Investigators Perspective

UL and ULC has a dedicated team of individuals protecting the integrity of the UL/ULC Marks. We review the concern, conduct an investigation, identify the root cause, and take appropriate action to resolve the issue, all with the aim of protecting the public and sustaining confidence in the UL/ULC mark. Just as important, we help our customers; regulators and law enforcement strengthen their own capabilities in combatting counterfeiting and reducing product hazards

Brian McBain, ULC

Brian has over 24 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, worked nine years in the Fire Protection industry and currently has 24 years of service as a volunteer Firefighter and Fire Prevention Office


11:00 - 12:00

WoodWorks BC – Canadian Wood Council
Sukh Johal, Dipl. T


13:00 – 16:30

Canadian Wood Council Field Trip


Thursday, May 3, 2018
8:30 – 9:30

Health & Safety

Steve will provide a brief overview of the current status of fire investigator PPE, hazards and controls in BC, including WorkSafe BC legislation and BCPFFA recommended practices.

Steve Farini, BCPFFA

Steve started out as a POC fire fighter with the Township of Langley in 1992. He began his professional career with Coquitlam Fire Rescue in 1997, was elected to the executive board of IAFF Local 1782 in 2005 and was promoted to Captain in 2015. Steve currently sits on the BCPFFA’s Mental Health Task Force and represents the BCPFFA on the WorkSafe BC’s First Responder Task Force on Mental Health. He also chairs the BCPFFA’s OHS committee and currently represents the Tri-cities, North Shore, Squamish and Whistler IAFF Locals on behalf of the BCPFFA as the VP of the Lower Mainland.


10:00 - 12:00

Foresty Fire Investigations
Ian Douglas, Supervisor, BC Forest Service, Kamloops District


13:00 - 14:30

Risk Assessment and the Fire Investigation
Tim Lee, IAAI


14:45 – 16:30

Humans in Fire:  Hard and Soft Tissue Trauma 

This lecture will address the roles of fire investigators, coroners, and the Forensic Search and Evidence Recovery Team (FSERT) in fire related deaths.  The progression of the destruction of a body in fire and the effects of fire on hard and soft tissues.  An introduction will also be given to distinguishing between fire related damage versus sharp/blunt/ballistic trauma.  Case studies will also be presented and burnt calcine bone will be available for viewing.

Diane Cockle, PhD and Meaghan Huculak, M.Sc., RCMP

Diane Cockle has been a member of the RCMP for the past 20 years, 16 years of which has been as a forensic crime scene investigator.  Prior to joining the RCMP she was a professional archaeologist, and has been using those archaeological skills at crime scene investigations in Canada and abroad for the RCMP.  Diane received a PhD in forensic anthropology from SFU in 2013.  In 2016 Diane formed a new specialized group called the Forensic Search and Evidence Recovery Team (FSERT).  This is a group of qualified forensic identification (FI) members who have received special training to search and recover evidence including human remains from challenging crime scenes.  These scenes include burials, scatters and fire scenes (vehicle, structures and outdoor fires). 

Meaghan Huculak is a civilian member of the RCMP who works wit the FI members.  She has a MA in forensic anthropology and is a senior member of FSERT.