Ontario First Nations Emergency Preparedness and Response Workshop

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in partnership with the Ontario Native Fire Fighters Society (ONFFS) will be providing a workshop on Emergency Preparedness and Response. The two and a half day course will train an individual on emergency management and emergency response. The Workshop will also cover risk assessment identification, emergency response template and supplementary materials.

This workshop will be taking place at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay from May 3-5, 2011 starting at 8:30am. There are a maximum 35 spots available for this workshop.
One person from each First Nation in Northern Ontario  will be sponsored to participate. Representatives from Tribal Councils are also encouraged to attend. The workshop will cover the costs of accommodation (room and taxes only) meals, and travel. The registration deadline for this workshop is Monday, April 18, 2011. To register download the attachment at the bottom of this page.
For more information on this workshop please contact Siobhan Kennedy, Fire and Safety Administrator at 416 651 1443 ext. 257 or by email at skennedy@ofntsc.org
Attachments:

2012 Bulk Fire Equipment Spreadsheet

UPDATE: A revised 2012 bulk fire equipment spreadsheet has been uploaded to this news item. The revised spreadsheet has been updated with additional fire items. Those fire departments that have already submitted the spreadsheet back to the OFNTSC, do not have to resend the spreadsheet again. However should your fire department wish to resubmit the spreadsheet you’re more than welcome to do so.

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is making available the 2012 Bulk Fire Equipment spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is a template used by First Nation fire departments to inform the OFNTSC of current needs of equipment in communities. The OFNTSC is requesting your fire department to review this template and send it back to the OFNTSC with your fire departments needs.   Please email/fax completed spreadsheets to Melanie Squire-Hill at msquirehill@ofntsc.org or fax: 416 651 1673.

Please Note: There is currently NO funding available for a fire equipment purchase at this time. However should funding become available for a purchase, information submitted will assist in procurement.

Emergency Management – Phase Three: Testing Your Emergency Plan

The Emergency Management Service is announcing the dates of Phase Three: How to Test Your First Nation Emergency Plan. The objective of Phase Three is to:

  • Introduction of First Nation participants to Incident Management System
  • Introduction of First Nation Exercise Program
  • Opportunity to test  First Nation master emergency response plans through simulated tabletop exercises
  • Providing First Nations with resources and sample documents

Training workshops will be offered across the Province of Ontario at these locations:

Fort Frances – La Place Rendez-Vous – July 30, 31 and Aug 1, 2, 2013

Sault Ste. Marie – Algoma Water Tower Inn and Suites – August 20 – 22, 2013

Rama First Nation – Casino Rama – Sept. 24-26, 2013

Thunder Bay – Valhalla Inn – Oct. 8 – 10, 2013

London – Four Points Sheraton – November 5 – 7, 2013

In addition to the Phase Three: How to Test Your First Nation Emergency Plan, the Emergency Management Service will also be offering two Phase One and Two Review Workshops. The Phase One and Two Review Workshop will be offered at these locations:

Niagara Falls – OFNTSC Annual Conference – Sept 3-5, 2013

Sioux Lookout – Sunset Inn and Suites – Oct. 22-24, 2013

For more information on these training workshops, please contact Tracey Anderson, Public Information Officer, Emergency Managment Service at 905 768 3399 or by email tanderson@ofntsc.org

Emergency Preparedness Training

As part Two of the OFNTSC’s Emergency Response and Planning service workshops, the OFNTSC is currently offering a workshop in Rama, ON, from Jan. 22-24, 2013 and Sioux Lookout, ON from Jan.29-31,2013.

The two and a half day workshop will focus on instruction of community emergency preparedness planning, implementing community emergency plans, activating an emergency operations centre, critical incidence stress management, evacuation planning and process and much more.

Location: Rama Casino Hotel and Conference Centre in Rama, ON

Location: Sunset Inn, Sioux Lookout, ON

Registration Deadline: To register for the Rama Workshop CLICK HERE!

To register for the Sioux Lookout Workshop CLICK HERE!

There is no registration fee. All training materials will be provided at the workshop.
The costs of accommodations (room and tax only), meals and travel for one (1) representative per First Nation will be covered. It is essential this year that First Nations ensure that their representative is responsible or works with their First Nations emergency planning.

Bulk Fire Equipment Spreadsheet 2012-2013 – Request for Information

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is making available the 2012-2013 Bulk Fire Equipment Spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is a template used by First Nation fire departments to inform the OFNTSC of current needs of equipment in communities. The OFNTSC is requesting your fire department to review this template and send it back to the OFNTSC with your fire departments needs. Please email/fax completed spreadsheets to Siobhan Kennedy at skennedy@ofntsc.org  or fax: 416 651 1673 Attn: Siobhan – Bulk Fire Equipment Spreadsheet

Please Note: There is currently NO funding available for a fire equipment purchase at this time. However should funding become available for a purchase, information submitted will assist in procurement.

Provincial Recognition Award-Bkejwanong Territory Member Tatiana Day

Quick thinking and knowing what to do in emergency, can contribute greatly to saving lives. Such as is the case of Tatiana Day. The OFNTSC would like to recognize the actions of Tatiana Day, whose quick thinking and actions saved the lives of her family members. Tatiana’s actions were officially recognized with a Provincial Recognition Award from the Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office in a ceremony days ago. For a full description of Tatiana’s actions and recognition please download the attached document located at the bottom of this page.

Attachments:

Tatiana_Day

Fire Protection Operation & Maintenance Funding Information

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) provides First Nations in Ontario with Operation & Maintenance (O&M) subsities for departmentally funded capital assets on reserves. This is based on a departmental published document the “Cost Reference Manual” (CRM) . The CRM continues to be the bases for INAC in allocating O&M funds to First Nations communities. For more information download the “Fire and Safety O&M” pdf.

18th Annual Native Firefighters Competition

The Fire and Safety program would like to acknowledge the winners of the 18th Annual Native Firefighters Competition.  The competition was held this year in Garden River First Nation.

This years winner is, Moose Cree First Nation Fire Department. A congratulations goes out to Fire Chief Chris Alisappi, Michael Delaney, Phil Sutherland Jr., Drake Tomatuk, Eldon Cheechoo and Damian Tomatuk.

Be sure to catch the Moose Cree Fire Department at the National Fire Fighters Competition in Edmonton, Alberta on August 20-22, 2008.

For more information on the Ontario Native Fire Fighters Society click here.

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