June 2nd - 4th 2023, Wolfville, Nova Scotia





Barrie Fire and Emergency Service

Barrie, Ontario

Sunday Afternoon 13:00 - 14:30


"Social media and the training expectation"

This presentation will focus on how to capture the energy of social media and apply it to your training. Whether career or volunteer, more material and less time is resulting in online-based slide style training, and many departments feel that their members are not engaged and losing interest. They are engaged, with multiple training pages, other departments and firefighters through social media. 

At this interactive discussion, we will examine the wide sharing of training ideas and evolutions on social media and the impact it is having on the expectation of training and influence on our firefighters. We will talk about the importance of capturing that energy and applying it to your department vs. competing with it, through the implementation of short high-energy training scenarios focused on the foundational skills that have a high impact on the fire ground. 


Robert Wiggins has been in the fire service for 12 years in both volunteer and career services. Formerly a Captain with his volunteer company, and a career Paramedic, Robert started his full-time service with the Oakville Fire Department and is currently a firefighter in his hometown with the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service. Robert began instructing in 2014 at a career college and is a Lead Evaluator for the Ontario Fire College. He is a member of the Firestar Training Services Inc. Instructional staff and a shift-training instructor with Barrie Fire. Robert has a passion for the fire service, its culture and truly loves “the job”.