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2024 Canadian Hazmat & CBRNE Summit in Kitchener

April 11, 2024  By Blue Line Staff

Apr. 11, 2024, Kitchener, Ont. – The Ontario Hazardous Materials Responders Association (OHMRA) kicked off their 2024 Canadian Hazmat & CBRNE Summit on April 8 in Kitchener and welcomed over 225 attendees and 26 exhibitors.

The event opened with an illuminating keynote on Lithium-Ion batteries from The Hazmat Guys.

The day’s courses included:

  • An introduction to radioactive materials transport including used nuclear fuel, presented by Ulf Stahner, NWMO
  • Dry decon: Doing a lot with a little (the paramedic approach), presented by Julie Granger, York Paramedic Service
  • CO2, not just a global warming hazard anymore, presented by Chris Pfaff, Hazmat & Rescue
  • DO 101: A refresher/crash course for Designated Officers & MBTA Updates, presented by Ricardo Romero, Public Services Health & Safety Association
  • CERCA, the Canadian Emergency Response Contractors Alliance, presented by David Hill
  • Hazmat with intent: Terrorism & WMD Response tactics for emergency services, presented by Adam McFadden, Firehouse Training
  • Robotics for CBRNE response, presented by Steve Clark
  • The evolution of CBRN protection, presented by Dennis Sanders, Kappler
  • Building the plane as we fly: Fire service response considerations for Lithium-Ion, presented by David Van Der Laar, Mississauga Fire
  • Chemical suicides, presented by Julie Grainger and Matthew Simon, TEMS – OPP UCRT
  • Homemade explosives, presented by Brent Burnside
  • Exposure protocol, how workplace exposure management tools can assist designated officers, presented by Tracy Schwandt, Peel Police

Day two sessions included:

  • Integrating EMS into incidents, presented by Lyle Renaud and Tony Deutsch, Niagara EMS
  • Risk based response and line of sight rescue, presented by Stu Cond and Pete Brouwer
  • Using spatial environments and analytics to support emergency management, presented by Mark Jasper, CRSP
  • PEAC and PEAC WEB E2 overview, presented by Renee Soriano, AristaTek, Inc.
  • Lithium-Ion: The unseen hazards, presented by Randy Narine and Dalan Zartman
  • Leading upstream in your organization, presented by Jonathan Robichaud
  • First responder offensive: FRO, presented by Brett Bigger, Nobel
  • A public health perspective in the mandatory blood testing act (MBTA), presented by Lilliana Marinko, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Explosives awareness for emergency responders, presented by Andrew Krywonizka
  • Misconceptions of FTIR and how it can enhance incident response, presented by Brandon Gayle – Redwave
  • Hazmat fires and you: Concepts to think about during large-scale flammable and combustible liquid fires, presented by Chris Pfaff and Adam McFadden
  • ERG 2024: Summar and changes of discussion, presented by Merick Makila-Boivin and Natacha Paquette, CANUTEC

OHMRA president Dawn Clinch was thrilled with this year’s sold-out show and is looking forward to the 2025 summit.

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