PRESIDENT’S UPDATE    

Members of the Ontario Fire Communicators Association:

 

It is that time of year again where elections for our Executive Committee will take place at our Annual General Meeting that is being held in conjunction with the 2015 joint APCO/NENA Conference in Niagara Falls Ontario.

Even if you are not attending the Conference, you still have the opportunity to join us for the meeting.  Watch your email for specifics about participating in our AGM!

As I finish my term as President I would like to encourage you to participate in the Ontario Fire Communicators Association.  We are always looking for people to become part of the Executive Committee as well as assist with a committee. 

We are very pleased to have certification available for fire communicators in the Province of Ontario, but that is only step 1.  This work continues as we move forward to meet the changes in NFPA 1061 2014 edition.  We are already starting to talk about the Communicators Forum that will be held in conjunction with the OAFC Conference in May of 2016.

It is an exciting time of change for fire communications.  Consider being a part of the change towards certification that will continue to bring professionalization to our chosen profession.

I would be remiss if I did not thank the current Executive Committee who have continued to work hard to bring this Association from an idea to reality.  The members who have helped throughout the certification process also deserve a great round of applause for their ability to stick with this project.

Thank you for all your support during my time on the Executive Committee of the Ontario Fire Communicators, it has been a labour of love that is just beginning to blossom.  I am sure that those who are following me will do a great job!

 

Thanks,

 

Sue Dawson, President


 

NFPA 1061 CERTIFICATION IS FINALLY HERE!

For a group of us, this has been a long journey, but well worth the effort.  The Ontario Fire Communicators Association has been hard at work behind the scenes for several years on getting this first step towards professionalization of the fire communicator in the Province of Ontario.

Thank you to the group who worked so hard with us last summer to review the 2007 edition of NFPA 1061.  We had representatives from Burlington Fire, Niagara Falls Fire, Toronto Fire, Vaughan Fire, Kitchener Fire, Cambridge Fire, Hamilton Fire and Barrie Fire participate in this review process.

This led to the acceptance of our work with appropriate certification bodies.  The work did not stop there however.  We have been working towards getting the actual testing process finalized with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.    Thanks to the group who participated this past March.  We had representatives from Niagara Falls Fire, Kitchener Fire, Cambridge Fire, Barrie Fire and St. Catharines Fire.

We have also started looking at the updated 2014 NFPA 1061 standard which will bring many levels of certification for the fire service to look at achieving. 

I was able to do a presentation to chief officers at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs Conference on May 2nd.  The presentation was well received and it was great to be able to announce that certification is now available for fire communicators in Ontario.

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to a member of the Executive!

This is a very exciting time but it will not come without some hard work.  Consider being a part of the team.  Join a committee or even think about joining the OFCA Executive this year.

Thanks,

 

Sue Dawson