Alberta Fire Training Conference

Coast Hotel, Lethbridge
Thursday October 20, Friday October 21 & Saturday October 22, 2022

The Conference

Three Days of Exciting Stuff
Thursday, Friday and Saturday

The Alberta Fire Training Conference is proud to bring together the best speakers and industry professionals to share their knowledge and experience within the fire service.


The sessions will expand your knowledge and provide practical and intellectual insight into emergency services. HOT training offered prior to the conference gives you hands-on experience with a real-life fire fighting scenario, while the trade show offers a glimpse at the wide range of technologies and services available for you to bring to your team.

Join us for three days of speakers, tradeshow and training where you'll learn to lead tomorrow's fire service.


Live H.O.T Training

Thursday October 20 and Friday October 21

Hands-on Experience You Don't Want to Miss!

LPG LIVE FIRE TRAINING - Thursday and Friday

This session is based on current NFPA standards consisting of classroom and live-fire exercises using a mobile live fire prop.


Individuals will be introduced to low slope technical rescue equipment as well as various low slope practical scenarios. Training will include rope techniques to assist with problem solving along with an introduction/review of practical knots, improvised anchors, handlines, harnesses, simple belays, mechanical advantage and rappelling.


Today's fire service needs leaders - professionals equipped to meet challenges and inspire change.  Learn how to navigate obstacles, develop critical thinking strategies and develop administrative skills.

Keynote Speaker


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Starting his career in the Prince Albert Fire Department in 1982 and retiring in 2014, Les held several positions within the fire department, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and served as the Fire Chief for over 8 years. In 2009, Les was recognized by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs as the Fulltime Career Chief of the Year which was because of the great people he worked with.  

Starting in 2014, Les has spoken about leadership across Canada and in the United States. He has presented coast to coast and more specifically in the U.S at Fire House Expo in Nashville, Fire House World in San Diego, and the Smoky Mountain Rescue weekend in Gatlinburg, TN.

Les is president of his consulting company, Genesis 20/20 Solutions Inc., and works with fire departments to create strategic plans, master plans and emergency management plans. Les is currently the Fire Chief of the Waskesiu Fire Department for Parks Canada.


Les graduated with Distinction in the Bachelor of Applied Business: Emergency Services, (Lakeland College) in 2007, and currently possesses FO-IV (JIBC), Emergency Management Certificate (JIBC) and certificates in Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration (Dalhousie University), NFPA 1035 and NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor Level II.


Les is also busy as an adjunct instructor for Dalhousie University, Justice Institute of British Columbia and Lakeland College. 


Breakfast Speaker


Chief Schroeder began his career as a volunteer with the Town of Mayerthorpe in 1995, quickly ascending the ranks becoming Deputy Fire Chief in late 1996, and was appointed Fire Chief for the Town in 2003 and still holds this position to this day.  In 2014 Chief Schroeder was approached to become the Regional County Fire Chief for Lac Ste. Anne County, and began his career in the fire service full time in 2015.  Lac Ste. Anne County has six stations and a compliment of 80 volunteers including the Town of Mayerthorpe covering a service area of 3000 sq km. Chief Schroeder has been a member of the Alberta Fire Chiefs Association since 1996 serving on its Board of Directors since 2009 in various capacities becoming President of the Association in 2019, now entering his 3rd term.  He is the recipient of the CAFC -  Canadian Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year award in 2020, has previously served as chair of the AFCA Alberta Core Competency Framework Committee, and the Alberta Critical Incident Stress Management working committee.  He is currently working on his Executive Chief Fire Officer Accreditation. While being a passionate advocate, learner, and volunteer for first responders in his community, the province, and our country, he has also been tolerated for over 30 years by his loving wife Angie, and with her has raised three children, whom have given him four grand children.

Noteworthy Speakers

Friday and Saturday

Proud to bring inspirational speakers with a wealth of experience.


Daniel was born in Alberta, Canada. Taking up a global residency as an English language teacher in Egypt, Mexico, Indonesia, and Japan, he is now a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Leduc. His love of photography began on his travels, and as his technique developed, he started to produce a blend of photography and graphic art, which he calls Photo Art. Most of the Daniel’s work involves emergency services photography. It involves an emotional connection to the artist as most of his pieces are based on actual emergency calls, he has attended as a paramedic and firefighter. He’s passionate about reducing the stigma of PTSD for first responders and he uses his art to raise awareness of occupational stress injuries worldwide. He is a published artist and writer and has two art books produced of his works. Articles of his work have been featured in Canadian Paramedicine, Journal of Emergency Medicine (JEMS), Fire Rescue Magazine in Greece and EMS World Magazine. His art is recognized worldwide, and he travels internationally speaking on his art and personal experiences with occupational stress injuries. He’s a prehospital doctor, a professional public speaker, photographer, and photo editor.


Laura King is the NFPA’s new public-education representative for Canada, helping departments build fire- and life-safety programs. Laura was a journalist for more than 30 years and worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers across Canada; she was editor of Fire Fighting in Canada and Canadian Firefighter magazines for 10 years before moving to NFPA in September 2017. Laura is a former Canadian correspondent for The Deal, a business newspaper in New York, and was for many years a regular columnist for a U.S. legal magazine, The American Lawyer. Laura has an honours degree in journalism, political science and public administration from Carleton University, and a certificate in Introduction to Incident Management Systems; she is a certified Road to Mental Readiness instructor, and is NFPA 1035 certified as a fire-and-life-safety officer. Laura lives in Oakville, but she’s from Cape Breton, and comes from a family of fire-safety fanatics!


Interested in sponsoring our conference?

FIRST ALARM: $100 - $300

- listed in conference program

- featured in the PowerPoint Presentation


SECOND ALARM: $301 - $600

- listed in conference program

- featured in the PowerPoint Presentation

- promotional material included in delegates’ welcome bag


THIRD ALARM: $601 - $999

- listed in conference program

- featured in PowerPoint Presentation

- promotional material included in delegates' welcome bag

- logo listed and linked on AFTC website

- sponsorship reognition at coffee breaks


FOURTH ALARM: $1,000 - $2,000

- highlighted in conference program

- featured in PowerPoint Presentation

- promotional material included in delegates' welcome bag

- logo listed and linked on AFTC website

- sponsorship recognition at coffee breaks


FIFTH ALARM: $2,001 or greater

- highlighted in conference program

- featured in Powerpoint Presentation

- promotional material included in delegates' welcome bag

- logo listed and linked on AFTC website

- sponsorship recognition at lunch/banquet

- banner displayed at lunch/banquet

Thank you to our Past Sponsors

5th Alarm

Tactical Innovations Canada

4th Alarm

3rd Alarm

Ben's Office Supplies

2nd Alarm

Pahl's Auto

Interested in becoming a sponsor?



Friday and Saturday

Friday October 21 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday October 22 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Support our conference and promote your business by displaying your booth at our 2022 event.


Banquet &

Silent Auction

Saturday at 1800 hours

Banquet Room, Coast Hotel

Keynote Speaker: Les Karpluk

The Venue

Coast Hotel, Lethbridge, AB

526 Mayor Magrath Drive S, Lethbridge, AB

Hotel Bookings

Coast Hotel, Lethbridge

The AFTC is proud to offer a special registration rate for our attendees at our venue, the Coast Hotel. Call to book your room and mention that you are attending the Alberta Fire Training Conference using the booking codes below to get your special rate.

Attendees Booking Code: CLH-GFC3265
Vendors Booking Code: CLH-GFC3264


How much you ask? Prices are listed below!


Then let's get started...


Contact Us

Conference Registration

Dustin Vossler


Jennifer McMaster


Nathan Cote

Booth Contacts

Steve Munshaw
Steve Swarbrick