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EBLAST: December 14th, 2021 - #21-76

Hello Ontario Trainers,

Hard to believe we are less than two weeks away from Christmas! 2021 has been a blur and at times still difficult to keep up with how things moved back forth with all that was going on. To try and help keep you up to date here is your final Blast of this year. It is a little lighter but still has some great training information and opportunities. Enjoy……….


The OFC is excited to announce the newly acquired Live fire training units are now available for scheduling. Please read the attachment if you are interested in making this available for your department.



Belleville Fire and Emergency Services

Good Afternoon,

I would like to provide a training opportunity for fire service in Ontario. BFES will be hosting a train the trainer course focusing on the IAFF Survivor Ground Training Trailer.

We are planning for the third week of June 2022. The course is 4 days in duration with instruction provided by 6 Master IAFF trainers. Cost of the course is approximately $1700 per student. If interested please contact Chief Belair directly.

Fire Chief Monique Belair



Please follow the link below for online training regarding Lithium Ion batteries


35 YEARS AGO……..

1985 35 Years Ago | History Snapshot

· Giving Back: Live Aid concerts in Philadelphia, PA and London, UK raised over $100,000,000 for famine relief in Ethiopia.

· The Top Song was Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie

· The Big Movies included Back to the Future, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV

· Price of 14 oz Hershey's Kisses in 1985: $2.39

· Price of a Swatch Watch: $29.99

· The World Population was ~ 4,813,000,000

· Wrestle Mania I debuted at Madison Square Garden. In the main event, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T defeated Paul Orndorff and 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper.

· Sweden and Finland share a small island called Märket. In 1885, the Finns accidentally built a lighthouse on the Swedish side of the island. This land dispute was solved in 1985 by redrawing the border to include the lighthouse and ceded an equal sized piece of land on the other side to Sweden.

· Created in 1985, 'New Coke' wasn't actually discontinued until 2002.

· Stanley cup champs were the Edmonton Oilers

But most importantly…………

John Uptegrove began his career with the Puslinch Volunteer Fire Department!

John was recently recognized by his community for his long-standing service and rightfully so. He has been a leader in our industry ever since and has made significant contributions to all facets of training throughout the province.

Please join the OAFTO Executive by not only congratulating John but also thanking him for his dedication and leadership to the fire service in Ontario.



All members of the executive would like to thank you again for your continued support and assistance with our organization. We wish you and yours a happy holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone again in the new year.

Stay safe and keep the training coming!

The OAFTO Executive

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