Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Life As It Should Be

Oakville’s rise to the top comes with all the critical ingredients of success. A spark plug in the form of Shaun Henderson, support from a lot of quarters, including the Fire Chief, and his staff, the training chief, the IAFF local and City Hall. Never was this better demonstrated than yesterday during my visit to Oakville.

Members of the 2016 World Champions Oakville FD Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge at City Hall, L to R: Andy Waldron, Alex Harriman, Shaun Henderson, Mayor Rob Burton, Dr. Paul Davis, Darren Van zandbergen, Ian Vanreenen, Dave Walker, Matt Longwell on November 14, 2016.

Here’s another critical component of the making of a championship team: a tower. Through private-public partnerships, Oakville has their very own tower. After the city council meeting, I attended a retirement party for 9 of the guys who went out this year. A great way to do it. What was fascinating was the fact that scores of members of the department had competed in the Challenge over the years and everyone was supportive of the team, and proud to have them in their company. 

Oakville’s Firefighter Combat Challenge Training Tower

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