EBLAST: September 8th, 2021 - #21-74

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

Hello Ontario Trainers,


Welcome to September 2021 and what a big month it is. Kids are back in school (for now), municipal budgets for next year are being hammered out, democracy is in full swing with a federal election upon us, and most importantly the Training Officers Workshop and AGM is just weeks away! This blast is filled with a number of important updates or announcements regarding fire service training. Thank you for your continued support as you take some time to get caught up and hopefully can take advantage of some of the opportunities presented. OAFTO ELECTIONS Nominations for executive positions closed on Tuesday August 24. The OAFTO executive would like to announce that the positions of 1st Vice President, 3rd Vice President and Secretary have gone uncontested and will continue with Reno Levesque, Jamie MacNeil and Paul Calleja respectively continuing in each role. Your OAFTO Executive for the 2021/22 period will be: President – Adam Rockall, Rama Fire and Rescue Services 1 st VP – Reno Levesque, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services 2 nd VP – Matt Alexander, Uxbridge fire Department 3 rd VP – Jamie MacNeil, New Tecumseth Fire Rescue Treasurer – Jeff Tanner, London Fire Department Secretary – Paul Calleja, Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department ____________________________________________________________________________

TOW 2021 It is great to see the enrollment numbers climbing for the upcoming virtual workshop scheduled for September 21-24. If you have not filled out an application you will find an attachment to this Blast for you to access. Also, we are now opening in up for departments to apply for more than two members to attend! There is limited space available so please sign up ASAP to guarantee your spot. Don’t miss out on an amazing opportunity to enhance the knowledge you already have and to gain new ideas for the delivery of training back at your home department.


OFMEM/OFC Retirement E Card – Guy Degagne Good morning members of OAFTO I am pleased to share an e-card that our office has created for Guy Degagné’s retirement. Please feel free to sign and share this card. https://www.groupgreeting.com/sign/29c135aee7e0a28 John McBeth Director (A), Training, Certification and Public Education Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Ministry of the Solicitor General

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Lyle Quan The following message is being sent on behalf of Academic Manager, Lyle Quan Dear Chiefs and/or Designates; As of September 24th, 2021, I will be leaving the OFMEM/OFC to take on new challenges with another organization outside of the OFMEM/OFC. To ensure as seamless a transition as possible, and to take advantage of my remaining time, it was decided that all future emails, that would normally be directed to my attention, be sent to Assistant Deputy Fire Marshal, John Snider at john.snider@ontario.ca. His Administrative Assistant, Hope Herbst should be copied on all emails hope.herbst2@ontario.ca


For my remaining time with the organization, I will continue to work with ADFM Snider and the rest of the team here at the OFMEM/OFC to assist and support as needed. It has been a pleasure working with all of you. Wishing you all the best. Lyle Quan, M.Ed, B.Ed, B.Bus:ES Academic Manager Ontario Fire College Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management I Ministry of the Solicitor General Email: Lyle.Quan@ontario.ca Looking forward to seeing everyone at the AGM later this month. Please keep the requests and information coming.




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