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    David Lane  

    David Lane
    Deputy Chief of Training and Development

    Native of Kingsville, Ontario. Deputy Fire Chief Lane started his firefighting career with the Lacombe Volunteer Fire Department, Lacombe Alberta in 1994, progressing from Firefighter to Captain/Assistant Training Officer. In 1999, Dave accepted a position as a full-time Instructor for the Alberta Fire Training school, Vermilion Alberta, instructing structural firefighting operations, fire officer, incident command, hazmat, fire service instructor and industrial firefighting courses. After two and a half years he transferred to AFTS’s Fort McMurray operations, as an instructor teaching numerous firefighting programs. David completed his emergency medical responder training and certification in September of 2000 and his emergency medical technician – ambulance training in March of 2005. In September of 2003 Dave accepted a position as a full-time industrial firefighter with Albian Sands Energy Inc. in Fort McMurray.

    DFC Lane developed from a firefighter position to a Platoon Chief position, where he spent two and a half years until he accepted the position of Fire Service Instructor at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) in December of 2007 as a technical rescue instructor. In May of 2015 David was promoted to his current role, and oversees the training and development for Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Services and is responsible for managing FESTI.

    Dave is certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder at: Awareness, Operator and Technician Level
    • NFPA STD 1001 Fire Fighter Level I & II
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service instructor Level I & II
    • NFPA STD 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
    • NFPA STD 1003 Airport Fire Fighter
    • NFPA STD 1006 Rescue Technician-Rope Rescue
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level I
     
    Brian Ross  

    Brian Ross
    Division Chief

    Native of Brampton, Ontario. Chief Ross started his firefighting career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1980. Throughout his career with the DND, he developed from a Recruit Firefighter to the Platoon Chief level in both official languages (French and English). He is a Fire Service Instructor of the following courses: Structural Fires, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Automobile Fires and Casualty Extrication Ops, Confined Spaces, Special Problem Fires, Shipboard Firefighter, Hazardous Material Incidents, Classroom Instruction, Fire Inspections, Fire Investigation, Medical Ops and Training Ops. In November 2000, after 20 years of service with the DND, Chief Ross accepted the position of Fire Service Instructor and was then promoted to Chief of Standards and Administration in 2006.

    Chief Ross holds a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and is certified by International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Awareness, Operator and Technician Level)
    • NFPA STD 1001 Firefighter Level 1, 2 and 3
    • NFPA STD 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
    • NFPA STD 1003 Airport Firefighter
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level 1, 2 and 3
    • NFPA STD 1031 Fire Inspector Level 1, 2 and 3
    • NFPA STD 1033 Fire Investigator
    • NFPA STD 1035 Public Fire Educator Level 1
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level 1, 2 and 3
     
    Phillip Bott  

    Phillip Bott
    Division Chief

    Native of Alma, Ontario. Division Chief Phillip Bott started his firefighting career with the Minto Volunteer Fire Department, Clifford Station in 1999 and developed from an Auxiliary Firefighter to Assistant Training Officer. He attended Lambton College for the Fire Science Technology Diploma program in 2001 and graduated top of his class in 2004.

    Throughout his schooling he spent four co-op terms with the GTAA Fire and Emergency Services Fire Training Division. In November 2004 he accepted a position with the GTAA as a Firefighter. In August 2007 he was promoted to Fire Service Instructor and in August 2016 he was promoted to Division Chief.

    Phillip has taught a wide array of courses while at FESTI including First Aid and CPR and Automated External Defibrillator, Fire Extinguisher, Driver Operator, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Structural Firefighting, Fire Service Instructor, Confined Space Entry, Crucial Conversations, Rope Rescuer and Hazardous Materials at the Awareness, Operations, Technician and Incident Command levels.

    Division Chief Bott is certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Awareness, Operations and Technician Level)
    • NFPA STD 1001 Firefighter Level I, II
    • NFPA STD 1003 Airport Firefighter
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level I
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I

    Phillip is also a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers Canada Branch Council; he currently holds a Graduate designation.

     
    Rob Lenders  

    Rob Lenders
    Division Chief

    Native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Division Chief Lenders started his career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985. Rob transferred from Combat Arms in 1990 to become a Firefighter with DND Fire Service and eventually became Platoon Chief. Division Chief Lenders has skills in emergency firefighting procedures and is a Fire Service Instructor of: Structural Fires, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Automobile Fires and Casualty Extrication Ops, Confined Spaces, Special Problem Fires, Shipboard Fire Fighting, Hazardous Material Incidents, Classroom Instruction, Fire Inspections, Fire Investigation, Medical Ops and Training Ops. After 20 years service with the DND, Division Chief Lenders accepted the position of Fire Service Instructor at the GTAA Emergency Services in October of 2005 and was promoted to Division Chief in 2015.

    Division Chief Lenders is certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Incident Commander Level)
    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Awareness, Operator and Technician Level)
    • NFPA STD 1001 Firefighter Level I, II, III
    • NFPA STD 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
    • NFPA STD 1002 Driver operator Wild land
    • NFPA STD 1003 Airport Firefighter
    • NFPA STD 1006 Rescue Tech Confined Space
    • NFPA STD 1006 Rescue Tech Machinery
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level I,II
    • NFPA STD 1031 Fire Inspector Level I, II, III
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I and II
     
    Daniel Beaudoin  

    Captain Daniel J.R.A. Beaudoin CD, CFSI, CMMIII

    Native of Gatineau, Quebec. Captain Beaudoin started his firefighting career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981. He began his career with the DND as a Recruit Firefighter and became Platoon Chief, operational in both official languages (French and English). Captain Beaudoin has skills in emergency firefighting procedures and is a Fire Service Instructor of: Structural Fires, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Automobile fires and Casualty Extrication Ops, Confined Spaces, Special Problem Fires, Shipboard Firefighting, Hazardous Material incidents, Classroom Instruction, Fire Inspections, Fire Investigation, Medical Ops, and Training Ops. After 22 years of service with the DND, Captain Beaudoin accepted the position of Fire Service Instructor in August of 2003.

    Captain Beaudoin is certified by International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Incident Commander Level)
    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Awareness, Operator & Technician level)
    • NFPA STD 1001 Firefighter Level I, II, III
    • NFPA STD 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
    • NFPA STD 1003 Airport Firefighter
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level I
    • NFPA STD 1031 Fire Inspector Level I, II, III
    • NFPA STD 1035 Public Fire Educator level I
    • NFPA STD 1033 Fire Investigator
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I
    • Certified Municipal Manager (CMM) III
    • CMM Fire Suppression Professional
    • CMM Fire Service Professional
     
    Theresa Marinier  

    Captain Theresa Marinier

    Captain Marinier started her medical career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1990. Throughout her career with the DND, she developed from a Recruit Medic to a fully qualified medical professional with skills in emergency medicine, palliative care, health care, special needs, suicide intervention and medical instruction. After 14 years of service with the DND, she accepted the position of Emergency Medical Services Training Officer in November of 2004.

    Captain Marinier is certified for the following standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Responder (Awareness, Operator)
    • NFPA STD 1001 Firefighter Level I and II
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I
    • AEMCA
    • Red Cross Instructor Trainer (First Aid, Advance Emergency Care)
    • St. John Ambulance Instructor Trainer
    • Heart & Stroke BLS Instructor Trainer
    • Heart & Stroke First Aid Instructor
    • ITLS Instructor
    • Advance Hazmat Trauma Life Support Instructor
    • NAEMSE Level I & II Instructor
    • National Educator
    • Symptom Relief Instructor
    • Emergency Patient Care Instructor
    • Ontario Fire Marshal Trainer Facilitator
    • Road to Mental Readiness Train the Trainer
    • Designated Officer
    • Coordinator - Public Access Defibrillator Program at Toronto Pearson International Airport
     
    Steven Hall  

    Captain Steven Hall

    Native of Oakville, Ontario. Captain Hall started his career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985. Captain Hall transferred from the combat Arms in 1993 to become a Firefighter. Throughout his career with the DND Fire Service, he developed from a Recruit firefighter to the Platoon Chief level.

    Captain Hall has skills in emergency firefighting procedures including: Structural Fires, Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting, Automobile fires and Casualty Extrication Ops, Confined Spaces, Special Problem Fires, Shipboard Fire Fighting, Hazardous Material incidents, Classroom Instruction, Fire Inspections, Fire Investigation, Medical Ops, Training Ops and is a Fire Service Instructor of all previous listed courses. Captain Hall is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Fire Service Administration and Fire Service Leadership. After 21 years of service with the DND, Captain Hall accepted the position of Fire Service Instructor at the GTAA ES in December 2006.

    Certified by International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder at: Awareness, Operator and Technician Level
    • NFPA STD 1001 Fire Fighter Level I, II
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service instructor
    • NFPA STD 1035 Public Fire educator
    • NFPA STD 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
    • NFPA STD 1003 Airport Fire Fighter
    • NFPA STD 1006 Rescue Tech Confined Space
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level I,II
    • NFPA STD 1031 Fire Inspector Level I, II, III
     
    Luciano Gentile  

    Capitan Luciano Gentile
    Standards Officer

    Native of St. Leonard, Quebec. Captain Gentile started his firefighting career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1980 as a Recruit Firefighter. Throughout his 27 years’ of service, he acquired expertise in emergency firefighting procedures and became Platoon Chief for the Department of National Defense (DND). While with the Canadian Forces Luciano, in 2005, was appointed as Fire Chief for the Air Weapons Range at Primrose Lake in Cold Lake Alberta. He then sailed in 2000 with Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown on Unified Spirit and HMCS ST. JOHN’S where he deployed to Op Apollo in 2002. He deployed to Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert which is the most northerly, permanently inhabited location in the world located in Nunavut on the north-eastern tip of Ellesmere Island. He also deployed to Task Force (TF) Kabul 2015 and TF Athena Afghanistan in 2015.

    Captain Gentile is a Fire Service Instructor for the following courses: Structural Fires, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Automobile Fires and Casualty Extrication Ops, Confined Spaces, Special Problem Fires, Shipboard Firefighter, Hazardous Material Incidents, Classroom Instruction, Fire Inspection, Fire Investigations, Medical Ops and Training Ops. Luciano Gentile accepted the position of Standards Officer in 2007.

    He is certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and an Affiliate member of the Institution Fire Engineers (IFE):

    • Certified municipal Manager III – Training Specialist
    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Incident Commander Level)
    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Responder (Awareness, Operator and Technician Level)
    • NFPA STD 1001 Firefighter Level 1, 2 and 3
    • NFPA STD 1002 Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator
    • NFPA STD 1003 Airport Firefighter
    • NFPA STD 1006 Rescue Technician – Confined Space, Vehicle and Machinery
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level 1 and 2
    • NFPA STD 1031 Fire Inspector Level 1, 2 and 3
    • NFPA STD 1033 Fire Investigator
    • NFPA STD 1035 Public Fire Educator Level 1
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level 1 & II
     
    Randy Fleming  

    Captain Randy Fleming

    Native of Flamborough, Ontario. Captain Fleming began his firefighting career with the Flamborough Volunteer Fire Department in 1994 and proceeded to the position of Captain and Training Officer. In 2000 with amalgamation he was a Captain/Training Officer with Hamilton Fire & Emergency Services Part Time Division operating out of Station 28. He was selected as a firefighter with Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services in September of 1996. Captain Fleming was promoted to the rank of Acting Captain in 2005 and qualified at Captain rank in 2015. In January of 2010, he accepted a position as a Training Officer as PMR for fire ground operations, Water and Rope Rescue programs and as a Blue card Incident Command Instructor.

    In 2016 he left MFES to become a Captain/Instructor with Toronto Pearson Fire & Emergency Services. Currently he instructs the following courses: Incident Command, Company Officer, Fire ground operations, Pump Operations, Fire Instructor and Fire Fighter Level I & II. Captain Fleming has participated as both crew and Captain at 2 TERC International Auto Extrication Competitions. He also taught auto extrication to the Peruvian Fire Service on a 10 day mission with Fire Fighters without Borders in 2005.

    Captain Fleming is certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Awareness, Operations Level)
    • NFPA STD 1001 Firefighter Level I, II
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level I
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level II (OFM Training Officer equivalency)
    • NFPA STD 1035 Public Information Officer
    • NFPA STD 1001 Level I & II
    • Various OFM Certifications
     
    Jean-Francois Rousseau  

    Captain Jean-Francois Rousseau

    Native of Montreal, Quebec. He enrolled into the CAF in Feb 1993 in St-Hubert, Quebec. In 1995, he participated in Op Cobra with the Quick Reaction Force in response to the Canadian POW in Bosnia. In 1996, he was deployed to assist the efforts to the floods in the Saguenay Area. In 1998 he was called to duty on Op Verglas and Op Recuperation for the Ice Storm in the region of Montreal to support the local authorities. For this effort, he was awarded the Commendation for Exceptional Professionalism during the Ice Storm. In 1999, he deployed with the National Support Element (NSE) to Op Palladium Rotation IV in Former-Yugoslavia where he received a Commendation from the Canadian Contingent Commander for having provided critical care to the local population during a motor vehicle collision. In Jan 2004, after 15 months of training, he deployed once again with the NSE on Operation Athena Rotation 1 in Afghanistan. During this mission he received a Canadian Contingent Commendation for the implantation and training on the G-Wagon for the entire contingent, including the Allies. In 2010 he had the opportunity to serve as a Crewman at the Coalition Fire Hall on Op Athena Rotation X in Camp Mirage.

    Captain Rousseau’s first exposure to the Fire trade started in Afghanistan when he served as a Volunteer Firefighter while he was on the camp.

    His first firefighter assignment was in CFB Bagotville Quebec where he served as apprentice, journeyman, crew chief and finally Deputy Platoon Chief. He completed several tasks in Iqaluit and an exchange with the North Carolina Air National Guard. In 2013 he was transferred to the Canadian Forces and CBRN Academy as Instructor and Course Director.

    Captain Rousseau is certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder Awareness
    • NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder Operations
    • NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder Mission Specific
    • NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder Technician & CBRN Technician
    • NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents & CBRN Ops Chief
    • NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents & CBRN Incident Commander
    • NFPA 1001 Firefighter Level I, II
    • NFPA 1002 Pumper, Arial, ARFF Vehicle
    • NFPA 1003 ARFF
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level I
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I
    • NFPA 1521 Incident Safety Officer
     
    Shawn Mainville  

    Captain Shawn Mainville

    Native of Cornwall, Ontario. Captain Mainville attended Lambton College for Fire Science Technology in 2003 and graduated on the Deans Honors List in 2006. Throughout his schooling, he spent his co-op term with the London Fire Department in the Public Education Division. Captain Mainville began his firefighting career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 2007. Throughout his 10 years with the Forces, he developed from a recruit firefighter and retired as an instructor with the Canadian Forces Fire and CBRN Academy, operational in both official languages. He accepted the position of Fire Service Instructor at the GTAA Emergency Services in January 2017. Captain Mainville has skills in Structural Fires, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Automobile Fires, Hazmat, Shipboard firefighting, and is also an EMR-I.

    Currently, he instructs the following courses: Pre-Service program.

    Captain Mainville is certified by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Oklahoma State University for the following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards:

    • NFPA STD 472 Hazardous Materials Incidents Responder (Awareness, Operations Level, Technician)
    • NFPA STD 1001 Firefighter Level I, II
    • NFPA STD 1002 Driver/Operator (Aerial, Pumper, ARFF)
    • NFPA STD 1003 Airport Firefighter
    • NFPA STD 1021 Fire Officer Level I
    • NFPA STD 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level I
     
    Milan Popara

    Milan Popara
    Fire Service Technician

    Native of Prokuplje, Serbia. Milan started his career at the Toronto Pearson Airport in 2004 as an Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Maintenance Employee for Black and McDonald. In 2008, Milan joined the GTAA Fire and Emergency Training Institute and is now responsible for performing routine maintenance of all fire tools for the department, including non-powered tools such as axes, pikes, poles, ladders, and other miscellaneous equipment.

    Milan is a fully qualified MSA Technician which involves all testing and repair procedures to ensure the safety of all staff and students.

     
    Arienda Olsson  

    Arienda Olsson
    Registrar

    Native of North York, Ontario. Arienda is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology. Upon completing her degree studies in 2002, she began her career with the GTAA. Arienda’s early years at the GTAA were spent working in various departments such as Human Resources, Concessions, and Engineering. In 2010, Arienda began working in Aviation Services as an Aviation Performance Analyst until moving on to FESTI as the Registrar in May 2016.

    In her role as Registrar, Arienda:

    • Acts as the key college representative and liaison on admissions, academic program offerings, and policies and procedures for prospective, current and former students.
    • Oversees and maintains the enrollment process to include: data integrity of student records, evaluation and communication of acceptable enrollment credentials, process and record accurate financial transactions for tuition and course payments.
    • Draft contracts for corporate clients.
    • Contributes to the design, layout and content maintenance of the Training Institute web page.
     
    Marion Madden  

    Marion Madden
    Office Administrator

    Native of Toronto, Ontario. Marion started her career as Administrative Assistant with the GTAA in 1999 with the Engineering Department during the construction phase of the new Terminal 1 and the Re-Development of Terminal 3. After seven years, Marion took an Administrative position with the GTAA Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute.

     
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