Canadian Forums on Civil Defense
A series of one-week tactical fire study forums was held in Toronto during October and November to consider fire problems in civil defense, according to Hon. Paul Martin, federal minister responsible for civil defense.
The conferences, directed by Maj. Gen. F. F. Worthington, federal civil defense co-ordinator, reviewed tactical fire-fighting problems under conditions of modern warfare. Experts attending were asked to make recommendations as to the overall policies for civil defense fire fighting in Canada.
Those entering into the discussions included federal civil defense officials, scientists from the Defense Research Board, the National Research Council, the Canadian Army, the University of Toronto, the United States Federal Civil Defense Administration and members of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office.
Among those who attended the first forum, from October 27 to November 1. were fire marshals or commissioners, of each of the provinces, the superintendent of the St. John’s, Nfld., fire department, and the fire chiefs of Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Saint John, Charlottetown and Halifax, as well as officers in charge of fire services in the Canadian Navy, Army and Air Force and representatives from United States federal, state and municipal fire departments.
Forum No. 2., from November 3 to 8, will be attended by the fire chiefs of Victoria and Trail, B. C.; Lethbridge and Calgary, Alta.; Saskatoon, Sask.; Fort William, Sault Ste. Marie, Sarnia, London, Niagara Falls, Brantford, Sudbury, Windsor and Hamilton, Ont.; Hull, Quebec, Arvida, Sorel, Three Rivers and Sherbrooke, Que., with two fire chiefs from Montreal Island municipalities, Sydney, Glace Bay and Kenville, N. S., and Moncton and Fredericton. N. B.
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The concluding Forum will be attended by deputy fire marshals of the provinces and armed forces, as well as the deputy fire chiefs or chief instructors from Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnepeg, Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa. Montreal. Quebec. Halifax and St. John’s. Nfld., and by United States fire services representatives.
Each forum spends two days in the study of planning and organization necessary for the handling of mass fires after various types of atomic attack. The city of Hamilton has been chosen as a typical Canadian city for purposes of the exercises.
It is hoped the studies and the recommendations from the more than 75 experts who will take part in the forums, will result in concrete proposals for the planning and equipment to go into a basic pattern for Canada’s civil defense fire-fighting plans.