Victoria Fire Department to Host Fire-Rescue Canada Conference Opening Ceremonies and Memorial Service

On Sunday, September 20, close to 300 fire chiefs from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest will gather in Victoria for the annual Fire-Rescue Canada Conference, one of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs’ most important events of the year. To be held at the Victoria Conference Centre, the four-day event attracts leading authorities and vendors from all sectors of the fire and emergency services community. The Victoria Fire Department is proud to be hosting the opening ceremonies and memorial service to kick off the conference that runs until September 23.

A number of guests of honour will participate in the opening ceremonies and memorial service. Mayor Lisa Helps will be joined by the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Esquimalt First Nation Chief Andy Thomas, Songhees First Nation Chief Ron Sam, local MLAs Carole James and Rob Fleming, Victoria Fire Chief Paul Bruce, President Paul Boissonneault of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, and President Duane McKay of the Canadian Council of Fire Marshalls and Fire Commissioners.

The memorial service honours fallen comrades in emergency services. The ceremony will include participation by the Victoria Fire Department’s Honour Guard and firefighters, Oak Bay Fire Department Chaplain Ken Gill, and performances by the Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band, members of the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, and local singer Megan Johns.

The Fire-Rescue Canada Conference focuses on education through numerous guest speakers, seminars and a vendors' gallery. Skill-building sessions focus on areas of operations and labour relations, risk management, leadership, volunteers, safety, and health and wellness.

This is the 107th year of the Fire-Rescue Canada Conference. The last time the conference was held in Victoria was in 1950, which was the 42nd annual Dominion Fire Chiefs Conference‎.

Founded in 1909, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs is a non-profit organization with a voluntary membership, dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property from fire, and advancing the science and technology of the fire and emergency service in Canada. Learn more.