FSWO Symposium and AGM

FSWO Virtual Training Symposium 2020

 

Welcome to our virtual training event for 2020! While the pandemic has forced us to cancel our in-person event with Oakville Fire, we are now offering many of our most popular sessions as well as new ones online this Nov 1-12, 2020. Session descriptions, presenter information and registration links are below.

 

All sessions are FREE OF CHARGE to anyone who would like to participate this year. The sessions will be recorded and then made available to FSWO members via our website. Registration is available until the start time of each session.

 

Training has been difficult for many fire departments during the pandemic. We hope these virtual sessions will offer you the powerful training you've come to expect from FSWO and will augment the learning you've been doing throughout the crisis. Please share them with the firefighters, captains, chiefs, instructors, dispatchers, and inspectors in your fire departments and beyond.

 

We are happy to share these sessions free of charge with you! Please consider supporting our organization through becoming a member at https://www.fswo.ca/membership, purchasing some of our swag items, or becoming a sponsor of our upcoming events.

Mike Wood

Recruitment - A Path to Success, Maintaining the Momentum

Professional firefighting. The path to gaining a position as a firefighter and how to be prepared mentally, emotionally and with a great resume. Overcoming those days when you just feel
beaten.

November 1st, 2020  10am-12pm

Joy McDermid

Sara A Jahnke

Sex and Gender in  Fire Fighter Health: A Research Update

The focus of this presentation is to discuss new FIREWELL studies that identified sex and gender
differences in firefighting task performances, prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, and
critical incident exposures. This presentation will also discuss gaps in knowledge and where we
need to go in the future.

November 3rd, 2020  1-2:30pm

Adam McFadden

Cara Kaby

Leadership Fundamentals for the Fire Service

During our two-hour session, Firehouse Training lead instructors Adam McFadden and Cara Kabay will provide an overview of what leadership qualities are ideal in today’s aspiring firefighter candidates, as well as for those currently serving in the Fire & Emergency Services.

This specialized fire service leadership session includes:

-Defining Leadership Roles in the Emergency Services

-Understanding the Importance of Self-Leadership

-Leadership Strategies for a First Responder

-Roles of an Incident Management Team

-Leadership Development Skills

November 5th, 2020  6-8pm

Jennifer Gordon-Haus

Audrey Anne Robinson

Changing Careers

For complete newbies considering a career in the fire service. Join Audrey-Ann Robinson and Jennifer Gordon-Haus as they give you a guided tour through questions from “Is this even for me?” and “What’s it like being a woman in the fire service?” to “How do I get hired?” and “Is there anyone that can mentor me through this process?” In this session we will discuss everything from bunker gear and tools found on different types of trucks to how to get hired and everything in between.

November 7th, 2020  10am-12pm

jona olsson

When I Doubt Myself and Others

This workshop encourages women to examine the harmful impact of a lifetime of sexist messages that can cause competent women to doubt their own judgment, competence and leadership capacity, and those of other women.  Self-confidence is a requirement for success in fire/emergency service. Most female responders have overcome many of the sexist comments, behaviors and policies that challenged them reaching their current positions, but their own,

internalized sexism may still be holding them back.

November 10, 2020  6:30-8:30pm

jona olsson

The Last Taboo - Confronting Homophobia & Transphobia in Emergency Services

Why are so many firefighters - who will enter a burning building - afraid to even talk about homophobia? Homophobia, unchallenged, can be used to discredit all women in the fire service,and discourage male responders from showing compassion or dealing with their emotions. Transphobia challenges fire service leaders, from bathroom facilities to the kitchen table, from preferred pronouns to policies. How can we confront these prejudices, or even begin the conversation about sexual orientation and gender identity in our company, our department? This interactive session offers attendees, of any rank or role, information and concepts to break open the taboo on these issues, to decipher the “alphabet soup” – LGBTQQI, and to break down some of the common myths and stereotypes about LGBT people. Language, tools and skills to challenge this form of bigotry will be offered.

November 12th, 2020  11am-1pm

Jess Clermont

Through the Lock - Forcible Entry Explained

This workshop will cover:
-Lock size up
-Discuss/use various tools i.e. shove knives, K-tool, adz rex, J-tool, force wedge, mod. Framing square
-Through the lock techniques on residential, commercial, and add-on locks

November 2nd, 2020 1-3pm

TJ Robbins

Firefighter Yoga

Join TJ for an hour long yoga class with special focus on meditation. Beginning with light movements meant to warm up the body and set a calming breathing pattern, participants will start with the basic form of each posture and progress, as they see fit, to either add challenge or create ease. Whether you’ve logged hours in downward facing dog or have never heard of it, everyone is welcome. The class will finish with a guided meditation that can help settle the mind and eliminate racing thoughts that keep so many people up at night. TJ will be available after the session for questions or guidance on how to meditate on your own.

November 4th, 2020  7-8pm

Aaron Fields

Rule of 3's: All Things Engine Co, Operations and Models through Algorithms Part1(Part 2 is on Friday Nov 13)

In this two-part program, Aaron will break down engine company operations into an algorithmic model. It will provide a basis from effective fireground operations. It is a simple, robust, expanding system, that is adaptable to regional/local demographics. In addition, this program will provide a backdrop from which to isolate skills and skill sets for preparation and training.

November 6th, 2020   7-9pm

Jess Clermont

Conventional Forcible Entry Tips and Tricks

-Door size up

-Mechanical advantage of Halligan bar

-How to increase force

-Conventional forcible entry inward and outward swinging doors

-Terminology and Commands

November 8, 2020  10am-12pm

Manuela Joannou

Moral Injury, Resilience and Debriefing and Defusing after Critical Incidents, Project Trauma Support

 The curriculum is tailored to the individual as well as to the group dynamic. In addition to the psychological components, the curriculum also includes physical exercise, meditation, and healthy nutrition. Experiential and educational sessions help the participants to develop a greater understanding of PTSD and moral injury. Workshops are included that assist individuals to clarify their values and priorities and set occupational, relational and life goals. Tools that aid in recovery, well-being and return to full participation inmultiple life roles are introduced and practiced.

November 11th, 2002  3-4:30pm

KEY NOTE SPEAKER:

Ali Rothrock

Sponsored by Goldblatt Partners LLP

Resilience in Action

Ali will begin this presentation by sharing the challenging experiences she had early on in her volunteer fire service career and have a further discussion about fire service culture. Ali will

normalize the stress reactions we all have to doing our job and will talk about everyday stressors, infrequent stressors and extreme stressors. Ali will help participants create a personalized list of resources and coping skills they can implement in order to have a long and healthy career.

November 12th, 2020  4-6pm

Andrew McCuaig

Silo and Agriculture Rescue

-Agricultural Silo Types
-Silo Fires
-How People get trapped
-Lock-Out/Tag-Out
-Air Monitoring/PPE
-Silo Extrication
-Cutting Grain Bins
-Basic Machinery Extrication

November 2nd,  7-9pm

Keri Martens

Laurie VandeShoot

Tina Saryeddine

Walking the Talk - Canada's Fire Chiefs and a Fire Service for All

In this presentation, Board Member Chief Keri Martens and Diversity and Inclusion
Co-Chair, Laurie VandeSchoot and Executive Director Tina Saryeddine will speak to the recently
released action plan that is being implemented to help make a “Fire Service for All” in the
context of the broader work of the CAFC in the fire sector.

November 4th, 2020  10am-12pm

Denise Roy

The prevalence and Impact of Imposter Syndrome in Female Fire Responders in Canada

Join us to review the results of our 2020 study on the prevalence and impact of Imposter Syndrome in female fire responders in Canada. Completed in partnership with York University and FSWO. We will address an overview of Imposter Syndrome, study methodlody, results and next steps.

November 6th, 2020  10am-12pm

Michelle Fraser, PT

Pelvic and Back Health for Career Longevity, Returning from Injury and Postpartum

This workshop will provide a strong, basic understanding of the anatomy and function of the pelvic floor, and how it works with the rest of the inner core. Connect with your pelvic floor and learn how to integrate it into your functional activities. This will enable you to perform effortful activity more safely, reducing the risk of low back or hip injury, and protecting against the development of genitourinary symptoms such as incontinence. The relationship between the pelvic floor, trauma, and emotions will be discussed. The physical practice in this workshop is simple and accessible to persons of various physical capabilities.

November 9, 2020  7-9pm

Denise Roy

The Prevalence and Impact of Imposter Syndrome in Female Fire Responders in Canada

Join us to review the results of our 2020 study on the prevalence and impact of Imposter Syndrome in female fire responders in Canada. Completed in partnership with York University and FSWO. We will address an overview of Imposter Syndrome, study methodlody, results and next steps.

November 11th, 2020  7-9pm

Aaron Fields

Rule of 3's: All Things Engine Co, Operations and Teaching Models through Algorithms  Part 2 (Part 1 is on Friday Nov 6)

In this two-part program, Aaron will break down engine company operations into an algorithmic model. It will provide a basis from effective fireground operations. It is a simple, robust, expanding system, that is adaptable to regional/local demographics. In addition, this program will provide a backdrop from which to isolate skills and skill sets for preparation and training.

November 13th, 2020   7-9pm