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November 17, 2004
Toronto Fire Services Proudly Hosts International Joint Operations Command Conference (IJOCC) 2004
For the first time, the IJOCC will be held outside of the Europe, and Toronto
Fire Services proudly plays host to an array of International Delegates. On
November 17th and 18th, delegates and industry experts from all across the
globe will converge on Toronto and the Toronto Fire Academy to discuss common
concerns and incident management models.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for Incident Command leaders to gather
together to discuss, compare and plan and develop a best practices scenario for
response to major incidents that seem to occur ever more commonly" says Toronto
Fire Services Chief William Stewart. "It is also a wonderful opportunity to
showcase our world-class city, facilities and attractions."

The Conference will welcome participants from the United States, Australia, New
Zealand, Europe, Great Britain, Federal and Provincial agencies, as well as our
local Emergency Services leaders. A wide array of speakers will include Dr.
James Young, Commissioner of Emergency Management, Margaret Bloodworth, Deputy
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Charlie Dickinson, U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and Chief Superintendent Paul Forbes, National
CBRN Training Centre, U.K., to name just a few.

The conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days, at the
Toronto Fire Academy, 895 Eastern Avenue (just east of Leslie). There will be
opportunities for photographs and interviews throughout the conference.

The conference offers:
  • The first ever international multi-agency conference on incident
    command and emergency response anywhere
  • Unique perspectives on incident command by the world's best
  • Ground-breaking examination of emergency incident command structures,
    reviewing the global approach to marry with the military model
  • The landmark objective of creating global incident command strategy/model
    for all emergency services worldwide.

Media contact information:

Captain David Sheen,
Toronto Fire Services
Office 416-338-9317
Pager 416-468-9978
Cell 416-578-4316

Debbie Higgins
Toronto Fire Services
Special Projects Manager
Office 416-338-9070
Pager 416-328-4284
Cell 416-988-8725

Sean Pearce
Toronto Fire Services
Office 416-338-9074
Pager 416-405-4259
Cell 416-435-5950



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