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



Kevin & Sherry Dean

Assistant Chief & Assistant Chief

Halifax Regional Fire & Emeregency

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sunday Morning 8:00 - 9:30 & 10:00 - 11:30


"The first 10 minutes make or break the results"

Your initial observations and decisions on arrival may determine the entire outcome of the call. Crew’s initial actions can stop a kitchen fire in its tracks or allow it to spread causing a total loss. 

This lesson will cover the first 10 minutes of your arrival at a structure fire. Participants will discuss the steps and information that needs to be gathered by Incident Commanders to determine the Incident Action Plan, and the standard predetermined actions for crews that will increase efficiency and outcome. We will break down arrival reports, the importance of 360s, water supply considerations, transitional fire attack and resource allocation.


Kevin Dean

Assistant Chief of Core Operations with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. Over 30 years of fire service experience, including Volunteer Chief, Career Captain, Training Officer, and District Chief. Current responsibilities include Manager of Task Force 5 (HUSAR), HRFE Core operations, Tech Rescue Team, HazMat Team, and Harbor Boat operations. Presently Canadian Representative on the IAFC Constitution and Bylaw Committee, and Maritime Fire Chiefs Leadership Training Committee. Through continuous education, has focused on Adult Education, Business Communications and Fire Service Leadership. Looking forward to sharing information with other Fire Service leaders.

Sherry Dean


Assistant Chief, Workplace Culture of Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency, Sherry’s professional, and volunteer experience has covered firefighting, Training Officer, Company Officer, and District Chief. Her experience includes Hazmat Tech, Tech Rescue, USAR, Lithium/EV and VX. She has created Career Paths and Officer Development programs in her department and sits on IAFC committees for Strategic Planning, Succession Management and Lithium-Ion Response. She is a board member of the Company Officer Section of the IAFC and the Maritime Fire Chief’s Association. Throughout her career, Sherry has recognized the need for continuous personal growth and the importance of actively valuing and investing in every member of the team.