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Fire Fighting in Canada May 2016 : Page 6

STATION to STATION ACROSS CANADA: Regional news briefs Honour guards network and learn in Niagara Falls Fire Department in New York, as well as Jordan Paris, a 14-year firefighter with Brampton Fire and Emergency Services, and John Clare, Brampton district chief and a director with the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The convention included a uniform display and attendees were encouraged to bring a complete honour guard uniform and other items from their departments. “I had all these tables set up to display things, and when I left the room at about 3 p.m. – the venue started at 5 p.m. – there were only two tunics hanging there,” Reyner recalled. “When I came back down at 4:55, the whole room was full and they had actually used the tables that were supposed to have our food on for more display. It was a proud moment for me to see that there were so many more people who were that enthusiastic about bringing their stuff and showing it off.” Kitchener Fire Department Deputy Rob Martin said the only component missing at this year’s convention was sponsorship from vendors. “There’s a lot of honour and tradition that goes into the fire service and the honour guard is really the tip of that spear representing us,” Martin said. “When a vendor shows up and supports something like that, it’s supporting the entire fire service.” Reyner hopes to grow the convention to include honour guards from departments across North America and is working on forming an organizing committee. The next convention will be held in February 2017. Learn more about the honour guard convention at www.hgconvention.com -Maria Church PHOTO BY MYKHAIL BAEHR Close to 60 fire-service members from 14 departments in Canada and the United States participated in the second annual Honour Guard Convention held in Niagara Falls, Ont., in February. Camaraderie, brotherhood and the passing on of knowledge were themes discussed at the second annual Honour Guard Convention held in Niagara Falls, Ont., in February. Close to 60 fire-service members from 14 departments took part in the convention. Organizer Jan-Michael Reyner, a member of the Kitchener Fire Honour Guard in Ontario, said the event aims to celebrate the tradition of honour guards and to lend a hand to new departments. “There are a lot of departments are just getting involved in honour guard and they’re just trying to get one established and there is nowhere to go to do that, whether it be learning about your uniform set up, your marching, the tools required,” Reyner said. Guest speakers included Tim Bohr, a 10-year firefighter with the Westbury THE BRASS POLE Promotions & appointments DAVE DECKER is the new fire chief of Markham Fire and Emergency Services in Ontario. Decker joined the department as a firefighter in 1988 after serving as an aircraft-rescue firefighter with the Canadian Armed Forces. He was promoted to deputy fire chief of operations in 2009, and was appointed chief on Feb. 16. FRED STEPHENSON became fire chief for Loyalist Township Emergency Services in Ontario on Feb. 15. A 31-year firefighter with the department, Stephenson had been serving the township as acting chief since March 2015. DALE UNRAU is the new fire chief for Mission Fire Rescue in British Columbia. Unrau served most recent-ly as a deputy fire chief for Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service in British Columbia. He was appointed chief in Mission on Feb. 1. CHARLES OLSEN was promoted to deputy fire chief for Estevan Fire Rescue Service in Saskatchewan on March 14. Olsen served the department for the past six years as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain and training officer. In 2014, he joined the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation board to represent Saskatchewan and Manitoba. MARK GRIFFIOEN was appointed assistant chief of administration with the Surrey Fire Service in British Columbia on Jan. 2. 6 FIREFightingInCanada.com May 2016

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