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AFCA 2022 Conference & Trade Show Schedule

The AFCA will kick-off the conference on Sunday, May 29 with a Keynote Speaker and Workshop prior to the Opening Ceremonies, Memorial Service and Trade Show. 
The Conference will conclude on Tuesday, May 31.  Please refence the agenda below to view the sessions and the great line-up of speakers.
Saturday, May 28, 2022
07:30- 17:00 Alberta Fire Service Instructors Symposium
07:30- 08:30 Instructors Symposium - Continental Breakfast  
09:30 - 10:15
Golf Tournament Registration
Ready to make some birdies? Maybe an eagle or two? You’ll get your chance at the AFCA 22nd Annual Golf Tournament!
Follow this link to register for Golf.
Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club, 531 Lakeshore Drive
Golf Tournament - Shot Gun Start  
The Tournament will be played in a ‘Best Ball’ format and there will be a variety of contests and prizes to be won. 
Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club
10:30 - 16:00
Pre-conference Training 
The L-180, Human Factors in the Fire Service, exposes students to human performance concepts as part of basic firefighter training. This training course is designed for unit-level supervisors to use when delivering orientation training to new crew members. Presentation of the course involves a few short lecture segments, and supported with small group exercises. Topics include situational awareness, basic communication responsibilities, attitude and stress barriers, decision-making process, and teamwork principles. And is the foundation to the L280 – Followership to Leadership, & L380 – Fire Ground Leadership courses.  This is a great first step in the understanding of human factors and how the effect the Fire Service.
At the end of the course, students will be able to practice decision-making skills using simulation as a member of a fire crew, and students will apply their Human Factors knowledge to a variety of scenarios. Throughout the simulation, students will answer questions and make decisions regarding situation awareness and hazard identification, decision-making, and team cohesion. Responses are tracked, and then reported at the end of the activity.
  • Introduce human performance factors in high-risk work environments and add this knowledge to student’s skill set.
  • Provide opportunities to explore human performance concepts and the related vocabulary.
  • Reinforce professional responsibility to address human performance issues while on the job.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of their responsibilities to address human performance issues so they can integrate more effectively into crews/teams operating in high risk, dynamic work environments.
  • Daryl Black
  • Steve Debienne
  • Joe Zatylny
Following the training, join the golfers to reconnect and have dinner.  
Eagles Nest Room, Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club.
17:00 - 19:00
Golf Tournament Dinner
Join your fellow AFCA members, trades and sponsors for a fun BBQ dinner and a great opportunity to reconnect since 2019.  
 We look forward to seeing you on the 19th Hole!
You can purchase your BBQ only ticket here.  
Sylvan Lake Golf & Country Club
Sunday, May 29, 2022
07:30 – 19:00
Trade Show and Delegate Registration 
Check in at registration to obtain your event badge. 
Please reference the Trade Information Page for full details and instructions for the trade show.  
Conference Centre Lobby,
Cambridge Red Deer Conference Centre
08:00 - 09:00 AFCA Board Meeting
Palermo Room
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel
08:00 – 16:00
Trade Show Set-up
You must be a registered Trade Member of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association to participate in the 2021 Trade Show 
Load-in Access

On Sunday, May 29, inside Trades will have access to load into the Event Centre from the back parking area from 08:00 to 10:45 through doors # 3, # 4 and #5.  

There will be no access to load or unload through doors # 1 and #2 of the Event Centre.  

Event Centre, Cambridge Red Deer Hotel

Apparatus Parking

All apparatus will commence parking at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 29. The apparatus parking schedule will be emailed to trades one week prior to the conference and trade show. 

Please visit the Trade Information tab on the registration site for additional details and instructions.  

Event Centre, Compound
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel
11:00 - 12:00
Keynote Presentation with Dr. Robert Tanguay - Our First Responders Deserve Better !  Rapid Access, Rapid Recovery, Rapid Return to Work and a Healthy Life
Fire Fighters have dedicated their lives to serving the public. These last few years have not been easy to work in one of the most traumatizing careers and rapid access to appropriate mental health treatment is critical. The Newly Institute programming and connections are dedicated to helping people suffering with mental health get well and get back to work and a healthy life.  Long term resiliency and yearly mental health check-ups are part of our world class program. Fire Fighters and other first responders are struggling with mental health conditions and away from work like never before.  Our health care system cannot effectively respond to the significant need for treatment for many mental health conditions.
By fusing a bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment model in an intensive outpatient program, people can overcome deeply embedded traumas that prevent them from living fully in their everyday lives. Dr. Tanguay will explain how mental wellness can be achieved for those experiencing Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, and Chronic Pain conditions with evidence-based psychotherapy in a medically managed intensive outpatient program model. He will explore the evidence of the innovative intensive outpatient program designed to resolve the symptoms of these often treatment resistant disorders and help people get back to work and a meaningful and fulfilling life in a timely manner. 
This therapy program is the first of its kind in Canada and The Newly Institute was founded to treat First Responders and Veterans.
The research is clear, Intensive Outpatient Programs can speed the rate of recovery for many people suffering from these conditions, which will:
  • Reduce the duration of disability
  • Increase disability recovery rates
  • Shorten the period of time for the employee to return to work and a healthy life
Dr. Tanguay will review:
  • The medical science of medically managed Intensive Outpatient Programs for occupational psychological injuries (such as PTSD, trauma, depression and anxiety), addiction, and chronic pain
  • How the medically assisted Intensive Outpatient Programming is designed and what clients can expect
  • Why this approach to intensive treatment works and what our results to date are showing us
Speaker: Dr. Robert Tanguary, VP and Chief Medical Officer, The Newly Institute
You can click here to view Dr. Robert Tanguay, highlight video.
Tuscany Ballroom 
12:15 - 13:15
Workshop Session with Pat Ferris - Workplace Bullying Mitigation: Do No Harm
It is well known that workplace bullying is common in Canadian workplaces in general and especially in paramilitary organizations. It is therefore highly likely that every organization will have this hazard at some time. Research documents the serious injuries that can follow upon exposure to workplace bullying. For example, workplace bullying is associated with an increased risk of the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, somatic injuries, depression, suicide and more making this a significant health and safety concern.
Safety legislation requires organizations to identify and mitigate this serious hazard. Nonetheless, the media is rife with stories of military and paramilitary organizations that have mismanaged issues of harassment and which have added severe incremental injury to their members and their organizations.
The presenter will discuss her 30 years dealing with this topic and recent research on bullying and the brain. The speaker will discuss the concept of Institutional Betrayal and her research on this topic. Participants will learn about organizational action/inaction that is defined as Institutional Betrayal and be presented with a management system that is designed to minimize exposure and injury and to ensure that organizations have resources in place to do no harm preventing, investigating, and restoring in the face of a common and serious workplace hazard.
Speaker: Pat Ferris, MSW, RCSW, M.SC., Ph.D., Pat Ferris Consulting
Click here to view Pat Ferris highlight video.  
Tuscany Ballroom
16:30 - 18:00
Opening Ceremonies and Memorial Service
Join the AFCA along with Government representatives for the Opening Ceremonies and Memorial Service.
Tuscany Ballroom
18:00 – 20:00
Trade Show and Welcome Reception
Join your fellow members and trades for the welcome reception.
Visit the trades module to view the floor plan and book in person meetings and demos with AFCA Trades.  
Event Centre
Monday, May 30, 2022
 07:30 – 16:00
Convention Centre Lobby
Cambridge Red Deer Conference Centre
07:30 – 09:00
Breakfast with Keynote Speaker  Dr. Jody Carrington - Leading Greatness

As I develop my own company and talk about the importance of relationships across all other aspects of life, I’ve come to understand that system leaders are some of the most powerful people on the planet. And good leaders understand the importance of relationships first. It has also become clear to me that while good leaders are rare, they can be made. The steps to create a connected, relationship-based team are shockingly simple to do (on paper), but require remarkable courage in action. They require brave leaders who aren’t scared to step into discomfort, to excavate the unsaid, and who understand that trust is built in the small moments. We know, without a doubt, that people with a common goal are exponentially more committed and productive; how we get them there makes all the difference.

Speaker: Dr. Jody Carrington, Psychologist
Take a moment to view the highlights for Monday's keynote speakerDr. Jody Carrington
Tuscany Ballroom
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
08:00 – 09:00
Trade Members Breakfast Meeting
Come and have breakfast with your follow trades and provide feedback on the AFCA Trade Show.
Event Centre
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
09:00 – 16:30
Trade Show Opens
Walk the show floor and visit the outside compound to view all the fire apparatus.
Gain points in the Leaderboard when you book your in person meetings and demos.  
Event Centre
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
10:15 – 10:45
Coffee Break
Event Centre
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
12:00 – 13:00
Lunch in the Trade Show
Join the AFCA for lunch on the trade show floor.
Schedule your in person meetings with trades and earn points on the Leaderboard.
Event Centre
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
13:00 – 16:30
Trade Show Draws
AFCA Trades will announce the prize winners through the conference app.  
Event Centre
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
14:00 – 14:30
Coffee Break
Join us in the Event Centre for coffee and a treat!
Schedule your in person meetings with trades before the show closes.
Event Centre
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
16:00 – 16:30
Trade Show Closes
Event Centre
Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
18:00 - 18:30
AFCA Banquet Reception
Join your AFCA colleagues for networking and refreshments before the annual banquet!
Foyer, Tuscany Ballroom
18:30 - 22:00
AFCA Annual Banquet and Entertainment
The AFCA will bring the Amazing Game Show to the annual banquet in the Tuscany Ballroom.  
The Amazing Game Show host  has a fun packed evening in store for the AFCA with a few twists and challenges for all to enjoy.
Get ready to have some amazing fun.  

Tuscany Ballroom, Cambridge Red Deer Hotel & Conference Centre
Silent Auction
The AFCA will be hosting a live and silent auction during the Banquet.  The AFCA would be pleased to accept silent auction donations and the benefactor will be the Edmonton Firefighters Burn Treatment Society. 
If you wish to donate an item, please contact Rob Evans rob.evans@rmesfire.org or David Mohl hannfire@telus.net Items may be delivered to the conference office starting on Sunday, May 29.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
07:30 – 12:00
Convention Centre Lobby, Cambridge Red Deer Hotel
07:30 – 08:30
AFCA Committee Updates
Tuscany Ballroom
08:30 - 11:00
AFCA Business Session
Tuscany Ballroom
10:30 – 10:45
Coffee Available
Foyer of Tuscany Ballroom
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:15 - 12:15
Keynote Speaker Kevin Cochran - How Fire Chiefs Can Improve Their Members Well Being While Attracting and Retaining Volunteers
Fire services across the country have become very proactive in offering more mental health and wellness programs than ever before. However, one topic that significantly impacts all members and continues to be overlooked is financial health.

Our workshop will provide best practices and innovative solutions fire chiefs can use to reduce the stress on their staff that often arises from managing their personal finances. We will also share some new facts and supporting research which clearly demonstrate that financial stress is one of the main causes of absenteeism and reduced workplace engagement. Our proven solutions will enable fire chiefs to build an effective financial wellness program and improve both the financial and mental well-being of their employees. Our presentations are both educational and engaging.
Speaker: Kevin Cochran, President, Enriched Academy
You can click here to view Kevin Cochran's promo video.
Tuscany Ballroom
12:15 – 13:15
Lunch - Alberta Today Update with Key Stakeholders
Tuscany Ballroom
13:15 – 14:45
Concurrent Streams
13:15 - 14:45
Stream 1: Lieutenant Robert Blasetti -  Performance Under Pressure: Building a Reality Based Training Program
  • Pro's and Con's of the Fear Response 
  • The "Reality Based Training" Model 
  • Sports Psychology as it relates to the fire service 
Sports Psychology is being used in professional sports and the United States Olympic teams. How does Sports Psychology relate to the fire service? Firefighters are tactical athletes which need tools to accomplish high speed problem solving under pressure.
This open and honest lecture provides the attendees information on how their bodies and minds react when the fear response is activated, how to harness this response and accomplish "flow". Using our Reality Based Training model with sports psychology, attendees will walk away with a roadmap on how to train and the ability to perform under pressure. 
Speaker: Lieutenant Robert Blasetti, Fairfax Fire Rescue Department
Tuscany Ballroom
13:15 - 14:45
Stream 2: Laura King - Energy storage systems: Identification, risks, and firefighter safety in YOUR municipality
The new NFPA 855, Standard for Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems, is a key resource for Canadian fire departments. 
High-energy, small-footprint storage systems provide clean, low-cost, long-duration sources of energy, but they also present significant life-safety hazards – and they're found in every municipality in Canada.
Lithium-ion batteries are inherently fragile, and any electrical, thermal, or mechanical abuse, along with internal defects, can potentially initiate cell failure and thermal runaway.​
NFPA 855 addresses the dangers of thermal runaway, toxic and flammable gases, stranded energy, and increased fire intensity associated with energy storage systems. 
This session will provide chiefs/departments with tools to safely deal with all types of energy storage systems. 
Speaker: Laura King, Canadian Representative, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Coffee Available
Foyer of Tuscany Ballroom
14:45 - 16:15
Plenary Session - Fire Chiefs Bear Pit Session
As we enter 2022, the world continued to face challenges centered on COVID-19 including fire departments and fire chiefs around Alberta. But even in the face of the pandemic, fire chiefs face the same challenges as they always have; staffing, budgets, training and more. Redwood Meadows fire chief Rob Evans leads the popular bearpit session along with Red Deer Emergency Services fire chief Ken McMullen and special guest chief where they will talk about issues being dealt with by Alberta fire chiefs.
Ken McMullen, Chief of Emergency Services, Red Deer Emergency Services
Keri Martens, Acting Fire Chief, Canmore Fire Rescue Services
Moderator: Rob Evans, Fire Chief, Redwood Meadows Emergency Services, 2nd Vice President, AFCA
Tuscany Ballroom
16:15 AFCA 2022 Conference Closing Tuscany Ballroom
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