COMOX FIRE CHIEF Gord Schreiner has been making a name for himself and the department while touring Canada presenting his #STOPBAD course.

Comox fire chief paying it forward

Gord Schreiner's #STOPBAD presentation helps save firefighters' lives

He’s covered 34,000 kilometres in seven provinces, talked to more than 1,200 students and delivered 29 session across Canada — and for Gord Schreiner, that was just outside of his regular job at the Comox Fire Department.

Schreiner, the chief of the department, has continued presenting his Safe and Effective Scene Management (#STOPBAD) which has grown from an idea in 2010 to a cross-Canada course on aiding to prevent firefighter injuries and deaths.

“I’m really passionate about getting the message out and paying it forward,” explained Schreiner who generally does not charge for the course.

“It’s a very simple idea, I’ve been thinking about it for years. When I was awarded Fire Chief of the year in 2010, it gave me some moxie to go ahead with it,” he added.

After a delivering the course to a small department, Schreiner took the program to the Fire Chiefs Association of British Columbia executives, which contracted him to deliver 10 sessions throughout B.C.

In April 2013, Schreiner delivered 11 sessions in the four Atlantic provinces to more than 500 firefighters, along with being one of three keynote speakers last week at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.

“One hundred departments in B.C. and all of the Comox Valley fire departments are using the system. More than 100 departments of all sizes across Canada are using it as well,” he added.

The social media-savvy Schriener noted he has taught more than 1,200 firefights the course, and said he credits the training centre at the Comox Fire Department, as its reputation has spread throughout the province as a premiere facility.

“We’ve invested about one million dollars in four training buildings and it’s a huge asset,” he explained. “We’ve invited many departments to the facility and we’ve shared a lot of information with other departments. The fire department in Quesnel actually used our blueprint for our facility and built the exact same building.”

Although he said he is hoping to slow down a bit in the new year, Schreiner is already booked to deliver his course in Saskachewan in the spring and Alberta next June.

“It all started with wanting to do something on the side, and I’m really enjoying it; it’s really a blur.”

 

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