New to Our Team, Global Fire, IAEM Conference, And More!

Emergency Management and Training would like to welcome Lisa Shallow to our team.

Lisa specializes in continuity and emergency planning for health care organizations. As the first professional in Canada to hold the new Certified Healthcare Continuity Professional from DRI Canada in addition to holding the ABCP certification, she brings to the table in-depth continuity planning expertise along with over 18 years health care experience in primary, secondary and tertiary care environments.

Lisa has worked in various settings in health care since 1997, and has also developed and delivered health related curriculum the College of the North Atlantic, Memorial University of Newfoundland and McMaster University.

Lisa holds both an undergraduate and master's degree in the health sciences, and is currently a PhD candidate in Medicine at Memorial University.

We would also like to welcome Ashley Keenan, filling the Administrative Manager's position coordinating projects, proposals and training programs. Ashley brings positive energy, business intelligence and well-honed organizational skills to our office.

Ashley is here to enhance the experience of our clients and ensure our projects are coordinated to ensure you receive OUTSTANDING RESULTS.

Lessons from IAEM

2015 has been another extremely busy year for our team including travel to Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Secaucus (New Jersey), Las Vegas, West Palm Beach, Chicago, and many places in between. In fact, business has been so busy we have to apologize for our newsletters being very sporadic as our focus has been on serving our clients.

Most recently Darryl attended the International Association of Emergency Managers conference back in Las Vegas. The event had great speakers, lessons, networking and intriguing trade show. Darryl sums up some of the key messages in three bullet points.

  • Although we all want our Emergency Management issues to be unique, the core of them are very similar. They are of different scales based on our communities but the base issues to deal with are the same: demands are increasing; resources are inadequate; planning and training are critical; communication technologies are changing but the messages are consistent; and getting high level commitment (not just in words but in action) are challenges all organizations face.

  • To get things done we must check our ego's at the door. Ego disrupts communication and partnerships. Ego doesn't just apply to individuals but some organizations have an ego culture where they want to feel more significant than others. This attitude can impede true working relationships.

  • We can't do it by ourselves. Emergency planning, training, exercises and building community resiliency is a daunting task and sometimes we need to learn to ask for help. Asking for help doesn't mean that you are unable to do the task, but is simply a recognition that most emergency managers are wearing too many hats and have too many tasks to do it all themselves. Getting help is just a sensible thing to do to move the project forward most quickly.

What is the largest, most important project you are working on? How can we assist you in achieving outstanding results?

Photo: the most fun at IAEM was at the @wcdm booth

GlobalFire - A Canadian charity making a difference around the world

Emergency Management & Training Inc. has supported various charitable organizations and has been very impressed by GlobalFire.

GlobalFire is a Canadian charity that performs capacity building and disaster response operations in developing nations around the world. Our organization equips and trains poor Firefighters and Paramedics across the globe in an effort to improve their safety and enhance their effectiveness while they serve their communities by performing fire protection, fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous material mitigation and emergency medical services.

Global Fire is a free service to the communities we serve, and every penny donated to our charity goes directly to help emergency first responders in impoverished communities. As a "zero overhead" charity, GlobalFire operates entirely through the work of Firefighters, Paramedics and civilians who volunteer their time, skill and efforts here at home as well as when deploying internationally.

GlobalFire has led more than 30 successful international operations in 18 countries including: distributing protective firefighting equipment in Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Philippines; delivering advanced training courses in Guatemala, Dominica, Cambodia, Jamaica and Nicaragua; and leading disaster response missions after natural disasters in India, the Philippines and Nepal.

GlobalFire provides the logistical and legal avenue for donors in North America (be they cities, fire departments, emergency medical services, businesses or individual citizens) to donate their new or used equipment, while affording anyone who wishes to join GlobalFire the opportunity to deploy internationally to assist emergency first responders - extending Canadian goodwill, equipment and expertise around the world.

To learn more about GlobalFire, become a volunteer or to donate financial support or equipment, please visit their website

Photo: Global fire training Bomberos in Nicaragua in November 2015.

Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator course

A collision with your Fire apparatus or EMS vehicles can result in injuries, death, inquests, civil lawsuits, WSIB claims, highway traffic act charges, criminal charges (dangerous driving), Ministry of Labour investigations and charges, let alone not making it to the emergency your crew was responding to.

Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator (CEVO) is a cost-effective way to reduce your risks of motor vehicle collisions and implement an ongoing internal training program.

We have been providing CEVO Train the Trainer sessions attended by dozens of emergency services. Call us today to ask about setting up a CEVO Train the Trainer session for your area. These sessions include an Instructor's kit and DVD of training presentations so that you can implement the CEVO program at your department immediately.

For more information contact us at 705.719.9007 or

This holiday season, our office will be closed beginning on Christmas Eve, Thursday the 24th of December, until and including New Year's Day, January 1st, re-opening on the following Monday, January 4th, 2016. Merry Christmas! Have a fantastic holiday and be safe!


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