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About the Saskatoon Event

The INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM is used to manage emergencies. Many trained in ICS struggle with how to do just that. Generic ICS training teaches responders what to do but not necessarily HOW to do it. Limited time, money and expertise are all barriers to acquiring these important skills.

YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DO THE JOB!  DISASTER FORUM HAS THE SOLUTION!!

At the DF Saskatoon Workshop you will:

  • BUILD SKILLSResponders from industry and government will learn HOW to perform in an emergency.
    • Breakout Option 1 – The Planning Section functions
    • Breakout Option 2 – Preparing Incident Action Plans

Led by our skilled facilitators, participants at the Saskatoon workshop will learn HOW these ICS functions work in an interactive learning experience. See below for more detail on each of these sessions and what you will learn.

  • BUILD RELATIONSHIPSYour network will be enhanced when you meet your peers at these workshops. The person you meet in the workshop may be the person that you meet during an emergency.
  • BE WELCOMED WITH AN OPENING ADDRESS BY CHIEF BRIAN STARKELL, who led his towns’ mutual aid support in response to the horrific Humboldt Broncos bus crash in April 2018.

SPONSORSHIPDisaster Forum is a not for profit endeavor. Your support will help us bring these important events to you affordably. Consider investing in public safety through sponsorship of DF. See www.disasterforum.ca/becomesponsor for sponsorship opportunities.

Opening Address: Chief Brian Starkell & Chief Mike Kwasnica

Fire Chief Brian Starkell led the Nipawin Fire Department’s mutual aid support of the Tisdale and Zenon Park Fire Departments in their response to the horrific bus crash that ultimately took the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team in April 2018.

Chief Starkell began his career in 1976 with the volunteer fire service in Codette, SK. He went on to act as the Safety Officer with the Nipawin Fire Department, ultimately accepting the position of Fire Chief for the town in 2010. Chief Starkell currently serves as the Director for District 10 on the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs, and also serves on their Public Education and Fire Inspector’s Divisions.  He also serves as an Instructor for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighters Association Fire Training weekends.

 

The 2012 recipient of the prestigious Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Chief Starkell has over 42 years of firefighting service, and has also been a long-term volunteer for the Nipawin Lions Club.

As the City of Humboldt Fire Chief, Mike Kwasnica was part of the senior management team that led a massive response for a grieving community dealing with the effects of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. This included many duties, one of which was to set up a trauma response centre at the local ice arena, home of the Broncos, which was open 24hrs a day for the first 3 days following the incident.

Chief Kwasnica began his career as a volunteer Fire Fighter for the City of Humboldt in 2001, became Deputy Chief in 2007, and began serving as Fire Chief in 2012. He is also the Humboldt and District Fire Protection Association Fire Chief, which includes roughly 1700 square kilometres around the community of Humboldt. He also serves as Director for Zone 6 of the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs, is a response member of the CISM team in Saskatchewan, and an instructor for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Firefighters Association.

ICS Training Topics to Choose From

INCIDENT ACTION PLAN  (IAP)

Developing, implementing and updating an IAP is a key focus for all command centre staff yet many are challenged to understand the process. Participants will be introduced to a structured approach for developing, implementing, updating and communicating the IAP.

Learning points for this one day workshop are:

  • Identifying the impacts of an incident
  • Anticipating future impacts
  • Determining the incident issues
  • Setting and prioritizing objectives
  • Documenting the IAP
  • Updating the IAP
  • Communicating the IAP

This is a hands-on session led by Bill Isaacs, CET, and David Galea. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice applying the techniques and theories presented.

THE PLANNING SECTION

This workshop is designed to equip personnel assigned to the Planning Section to understand the function of the Section Chief and the Units/Branches that report to this person. In the course of the workshop participants will examine the relationship between the Planning Section, the Command and the General staff within an EOC or ICP.

Learning points for this one day workshop are:

  • The Planning Section function within the Incident Command System
  • Section Chief, Units and Branches
  • Coordinating Command and General staff inputs
  • The planning “P”
  • Incident Action Planning
  • Planning meetings
  • Conducting briefings

This is a hands-on session led by Marcel Adamkewicz, CET. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice applying the techniques and theories presented.

Workshop Program

(Venue: Prairieland Park)

TIMEEVENT
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Registration and Networking

(a light breakfast will be provided)
8:30 am - 8:45 am

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Address by Chiefs Brian Starkell & Mike Kwasnica

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Concurrent Sessions

Option A: Incident Action Plan

Developing, implementing and updating an IAP is a key focus for ALL command centre staff yet many are challenged to understand the process. Participants will be introduced to a structured approach for developing, implementing, updating and communicating the IAP.

Option B: The Planning Section

This workshop will prepare EOC personnel to function within the Planning Section. Participants will learn about the function of the Planning Section Chief, Units and Branches and the relationship between the Planning Section and the other elements of an Emergency Operations Centre or an Incident Command Post.
10:15 am - 10:30 am

Health Break

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Continued)

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch

(Provided)
Feat. an informal Q&A with Chiefs Starkell and Kwasnica
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Continued)

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Health Break

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions (Continued)

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Group Debrief and Closing Remarks

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