Tuesday, December 4 • 11:15 - 12:15
Large-Scale Grassfires in Rural Remote Areas: Lessons learned after 2017 CFB Suffield/Bindloss Grassfire

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This presentation will discuss the roles and outcomes of the regional response to the large-scale, fast-moving grassfire which burnt over 90,000 acres in under 12 hours on September 11, 2017.

EOC Command will provide details of the primary response to this large-scale, fast-moving grassfire which originated out of CFB Suffield. The specific strategies employed at the EOC and in the primary response will be discussed, with a focus on the effective deployment of limited resources to remote rural areas over the entire course of the event. The geographic and tactical challenges of the emergency response in a remote rural area will be discussed, along with the specific ways they were mitigated.

The integration of civilian responders (farmers, producers, community members) into the primary response will be discussed from the EOC perspective, specifically focusing on lessons learned. In addition, the importance of integrated communication systems for municipal employees, first responders and volunteer fire departments will be highlighted.

Key points from the newly developed Grassfire Safety Program (Communities & Volunteer Fire Departments) will be shared, with additional information regarding this new training course and community resources available after the presentation.

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Owen Francis

Director - Municipal Services & Emergency Management, Special Areas Board
Owen Francis is Director of Municipal Services and Emergency Management for the Special Areas Board. With the Special Areas for over 25 years, Owen has been Director of Emergency Management since 2011, and Deputy Director of Emergency Management since 1995. His experience in leveraging... Read More →

Tuesday December 4, 2018 11:15 - 12:15
Grand Ballroom, Delta Hotels by Edmonton South Conference Centre 4404 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 5C2