Safety conference coming up next month

The Northwestern Ontario Fire Safety Coalition is presenting the third-annual Public Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference on April 29-30 at the La Place Rendez-Vous.
Fort Frances Fire Chief Steve Richardson, who’s been involved in organizing the conference since its inception, said it’s aimed at providing safety education to anyone working in the Kenora and Rainy River districts who are responsible for the public’s welfare in one way or another.
These include firefighters (both municipal and “wild land”), public educators, teachers, health care workers, municipal officials, police officers, and those on workplace health and safety committees.
The theme this year is “The Times They Are a Changin’.”
This year’s conference features a two-day workshop for mental health and child care workers on The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C), led by Dr. Sherry MacKay of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Other guest lecturers will include:
•Ontario Fire Marshal Bernard Moyle;
•Dr. Val Mann, who will be speaking on the impact of unintentional injuries on our community and society;
•Michelle Ott, project consultant for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Kenora, who will be speaking on The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C);
•Deanna Pacheco, who will be speaking on the “Risk Watch” injury prevention program for children; and
•Bev Gilbert of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office speaking on the seniors’ program, “Remembering When.”
Unconfirmed reps also will be speaking on the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Outdoor Safety Program and seniors’ driving.
Chief Richardson noted the conference is an opportunity to learn from renowned professionals in their respective fields as well as to network with other professionals with similar goals.
The objectives of the NOFSC are to promote fire safety in all communities of Northwestern Ontario; create and maintain a steering committee to plan coalition activities; create and maintain a network system to keep all member communities informed of coalition activities; and to create and maintain a network with the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.
Besides Chief Richardson, organizers include Ken Kurz (deputy fire chief for the City of Dryden Fire Service), Ken Peterson (deputy fire chief for the Kenora Fire & Emergency Services), and Gerry Armstrong (fire and life safety adviser with the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office).
Conference registration is $50. This includes attendance at all lectures and workshops, admission to the banquet and awards ceremony on the Thursday evening, and lunch on the Friday.
For more information, contact Chief Richardson at 274-9841.
To register, phone Deputy Fire Chief Peterson at 1-807-467-2090 or e-mail him at