Dana Fleming, Emergency Manager, University of Ottawa
BIO - The University of Ottawa is the City’s largest educational institution – a fully bilingual environment which welcomes 50 000 students, faculty, staff and visitors each year.
Dana Fleming oversees the Emergency Management Program at uOttawa, which she joined in 2008 following 10 years managing an Emergency Communications Centre, where she first began her career as a dispatcher. Dana is also a member of uOttawa’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during active emergency situations.
In addition, Dana is a regular contributor to community forums, white papers and research studies on emergency management in higher education settings.
But, most importantly… Dana is DRIE’s Treasurer!
Presentation Title - It’s time to upgrade your Fire Warden program
Synopsis - Following the 2014 Parliament Hill shooting and the University of Ottawa’s subsequent 6 hour Lockdown, an analysis was conducted on the institution’s ability to respond to large-scale emergency situations.
Many findings led to many projects, one of which was the complete overhaul of the Fire Warden Program, which had remained relatively unchanged for over 30 years. After 2 years of implementation, over 800 volunteers are now trained in 40 buildings all over campus. The uOttawa Emergency Warden Program is fully operational and a huge success.
Re-evaluate your Warden program and see how you can leverage existing resources in any kind of emergency situation to ensure the occupants of your buildings are led to safety by knowledgeable volunteers.
Key Points that an Attendee will take away from Dana's presentation:
- How to get buy-in for evolving an existing program to the next level of preparedness
- Determine what material to cover in your new Warden training
- Tips on delivery and fun media sources to liven up your training
- Consider equipment for functionality, visibility, and garnering cooperation
- Don’t forget to show appreciation for these valuable resources