Three hundred attend CVSFA Conference in Slave Lake

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Firefighters from across the country gathered together in Slave Lake last weekend for the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Conference.

The Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) is a national organization whose sole purpose is to represent volunteer fire and emergency first responders and volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

Slave Lake Fire Chief Jamie Coutts says that it was the first time the conference has been in Alberta in 20 years.

“History was made right here in our small town.”

Coutts says the conference was well attended with 300 participants, vendors, and instructors.

“Three days was long but very great learning experience.”

Coutts says at this year’s conference three delegates from Japan’s Volunteer Firefighters Association travelled to Slave Lake for the event. He said they wanted to learn about woodland urban interface fires and how Slave Lake’s department works together.

Coutts said Japan’s Volunteer Firefighters Association is 815,000 members strong.

The conference included lots of demonstrations in the training complex at Hall #1 in Slave Lake.

This has been developed over the past year or so into something of regional and even provincial significance, and according to reports from people on the scene it made a pretty good impression.

According to Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman, the facility was developed by the Firefighters Society, using volunteer labour, donations and grants.

From left to right MLA Danielle Larviee, Life Time achievement winner Chief Ron Heisler from the Qu’appelle Saskatchewan Fire Dept. and Troy Mutch, CVFSA National Vice President.

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