The 2009 BC Fire Training Officer’s Conference is a training symposium that features presentations and hands-on-training opportunities for all members of the fire service. It is hosted in partnership with the Maple Ridge Fire Department, Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services, Port Coquitlam Fire and Emergency Services, Mission Fire Rescue Service, IAFF Local 4449 and the Justice Institute of BC – Fire and Safety Division. Its mission is to deliver the highest quality and effective training for Fire Training Officers. The 2009 conference returns to Maple Ridge, located 45 kilometres east of Vancouver, BC. Last year, we welcomed attendees from throughout BC, the Yukon, Alberta and Washington.

The conference launches with the Hands On Training Weekend on May 23 and 24. These sessions are centred at the JIBC – Fire and Safety Division Campus in Maple Ridge and will make extensive use of the unique simulation training props at the facility. District Chief Dave McGrail from Denver Fire is returning this year and will present a hands-on High Rise firefighting session. Battalion Chief Kriss Garcia from Salt Lake City Fire will present a course on Positive Pressure Fire Attack and Captain Raul Angulo from Seattle Fire will repeat one of last year’s well-regarded courses, “Calling the Mayday”. Please download the schedule for a list of all weekend courses.

Monday, May 25 will commence with the conference opening ceremonies at the ACT in downtown Maple Ridge. Chief Les Karpluk from Prince Albert Fire will follow with his keynote speech. Les has written numerous articles on leadership for the Fire Services Journal, Firefighting in Canada, and The Canadian Fire Chief magazine. The conference Trade Show is centrally located to the ceremonies and classrooms and all attendees are welcome to visit the vendors’ displays on Monday and Tuesday. Classroom sessions also begin on Monday afternoon and continue through Thursday.

The BC Training Officers Association Annual General Meeting will take place prior to classroom sessions on Tuesday morning, May 26 and all members are encouraged to attend. Breakfast is included.

We’re happy to invite back several of last years favourite presenters such as Battalion Chief Mark Emery from Woodinville Fire, Jeff Seaton from San Jose Fire and Assistant Chief Lou Wilde from Kelowna. We are also adding several new presenters this year. Retired Chief Dennis Compton from Mesa Fire is a well-known, esteemed speaker and the author of several books and many articles for various publications. His session on “Progressive Leadership Concepts” is certain to be valuable. Ed Hartin is a Battalion Chief with Gresham Fire & Emergency Services in Gresham, Oregon and is presenting a session on extreme fire behaviour. Division Chief Mark Romer from Roseville, California will look at “Ethical Leadership in the Classroom”. Please check the schedule for a complete course list.

We are also offering a Spousal/Partner program this year with various tours planed throughout the week. Please check the website for details.

Tuesday night will feature the BBQ hosted by IAFF Local 4449 Maple Ridge and the Conference Banquet will take place on Wednesday May 27. We have also planned informal “Pub Nights” for after class entertainment.

Price for the full conference, May 23 - 28 (Weekend HOT workshops, weekday classroom sessions, T-shirt, BBQ and Banquet) is $445 for BCFTOA member departments, $530 for non-members. (Canadian dollars). For single day prices, please check the website.

Please visit the website for further details, or feel free to email