Improved incident command training procedures have impact on Canadian fire departments

    GUELPH, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Fire departments Canada wide have struggled
to find the most effective training process for incident command. There has
been a recognized need in the fire service for best practices in training for
incident command so as to have safer, and more consistent local hazard zone
procedures, which will reduce risk to firefighters and lead to improved
incident outcomes. Setting the pace in Ontario for a new process of incident
command training is Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES). By
reinforcing standardized Incident Command procedures MFES will improve
system-wide accountability among all personnel and better support the command
function in the course of personnel development and promotional processes.
    This training will be made available through the release of the Blue Card
Incident Command Certification program, provided by Guelph based Medteq
Solutions CA Ltd. ( The training program, which was
developed by retired Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini, involves 50 hours of
online training and 3 - 6 days of in class incident command simulation
training. Speaking regarding the impact this training program can have on
incident command procedures, Mr. Brunacini states, "This training program is a
critical piece of what we do. It covers, in a pretty complete kind of way, the
way that we deliver service everyday. It looks at local operations inside our
communities using our resources...all the things that we work with everyday to
deliver service to our customers".
    Additionally, and in view of the importance of effective incident command
to other Fire Departments and Emergency response organizations, MFES in
conjunction with Medteq Solutions is hosting a special Incident Command
Symposium entitled 21st Century Incident Command Training - Supporting Safe
and Effective ICs in Your Organization on October 25th and 26th 2009. This
symposium will feature Chief Alan Brunacini to discuss the 8 Functions of
Command with the objective of identifying how the Blue Card Incident Command
certification training will benefit each Department or Organization. With this
objective in mind the goal of safer, and more effective local hazard zone
procedures will be attainable for Canadian Fire Departments. To reserve your
seat and to learn more about the symposium and the Blue Card Command Training
program please visit or call 1-866-639-8727.

    About Medteq Solutions and Fire Command Seminars

    Medteq Solutions, founded in 2002, has become a Canadian leader in the
development of online solutions that simplify and standardize risk management.
Along with their American partner, TargetSafety, these solutions are used by
more than 2,500 public entities nationwide, including fire and emergency
medical service departments. TargetSafety is the only on line provider that
the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has partnered with to deliver
on line safety training to the fire service. The Brunacini family is highly
regarded as the most knowledgeable on Incident Command in North America with
retired Phoenix Department Fire Chief Mr. Alan Brunacini being one of the most
regarded Fire Chiefs. Alan, John and Nick Brunacini operate Fire Command
Seminars, which is headquartered out of Pheonix, AZ.

For further information:

For further information: Medteq Solutions CA, 87 Law Drive Guelph, ON,
N1E 7J7, Phone: 1-866-639-8727, Fax: (519) 822-5080, Email:, Web:

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