Sessions

Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) Conference 2019

August 16th & 17th, 2019, Kings County, Nova Scotia

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The Humboldt Bus Tragedy

Fire Chief Brian Starkell, Nipawin Fire Department, SK

In this session we will cover the sequence of events related to the motor vehicle collision that claimed the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team in April 2018, as presented by a Fire Chief whose department responded to the disastrous scene.

Fire Chief Brian Starkell led the Nipawin Fire Department’s mutual aid support of the Tisdale and Zenon Park Fire Departments in their response to the horrific bus crash that ultimately took the lives of 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team in April 2018.

Chief Starkell began his career in 1976 with the volunteer fire service in Codette, SK. He went on to act as the Safety Officer with the Nipawin Fire Department, ultimately accepting the position of Fire Chief for the town in 2010.

Chief Starkell currently serves as the Director for District 10 on the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs, and also serves on their Public Education and Fire Inspector’s Divisions. He also serves as an Instructor for the Saskatchewan Volunteer Fire Fighters Association Fire Training seminars, and is a member of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Lifetime Achievement Award selection committee.

Brian is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Chief Starkell has over 42 years of firefighting service. He has also been a long-term volunteer for the Nipawin Lions Club, recently receiving the highest honor in Lions, the Melvin Jones Fellowship for humanitarian service.

Chief Starkell has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1988 and is presently serving with Heritage Funeral Home in Nipawin. He holds memberships with the Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan, and the National Funeral Directors Association.


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