Executive Committee

Chairperson - Rick Brown


Rick Brown has over 32 years experience in the fire service, including 30 years of Hazmat response with Toronto Fire Services. He is also experienced with spill response contractors, working part time with numerous companies, starting over 23 years ago. Rick has been sharing his knowledge, through facilitation of instructional programs to all disciplines of emergency services, industry and commercial organizations.

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Vice Chair - Steve Clark


Steve is an Acting Captain, and member of his departments Hazardous Materials team. Previous to that, he worked in the private sector as a responder for a national spill response contractor. Steve has been in the fire service for over 10 years, and has taught, written, and spoken on Hazardous materials topics internationally.

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Paramedic Branch Director - Daniel Stein


Dan is currently an Advanced Care Paramedic on York Region’s Special Response Unit. He has been on this specialized team for over 2 years and has taken on the role as the teams Hazardous Materials and CBRNE specialist. Prior to this, he has worked as a Paramedic for both York Region and the County of Simcoe over the past 8 years. He continues to expand on his knowledge base with advanced training in Hazmat and CBRNE life support. 

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Fire Branch Director - Kirk Fudge


Having 22 years in the Emergency Serices and worked in all three disciplines, I fully understand the need for an association that will further the safe working conditions and knowledge of its members. We as a community need to be proactive and promote unity between the services. 

His current role is with the Toronto Fire Services as an Acting Captain with the Hazardous Materials Special Operations Division

Police Branch Director - Andy Olesen


With 30 years in law enforcement, Andy has developed a wide range of practical and operational experience.

Serving as team / program leader for units such as, CBRNE, Ground Search and Rescue, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) among others. Andy has been responsible for maintaining operational readiness and capabilities for a large urban area.

Andy has also served for many years as the chairperson for an emergency services committee of police, fire, paramedic, and regional emergency service planners, responsible for planning and preparing coordinated event response to a large urban centre.

I look forward to working with OHMRA and the emergency responder community

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Secretary - Bob Burland


Robert is 12 year veteran with Toronto Fire Services focusing his career for the past 5 years as a Hazmat Tech.  Prior to joining TFS, he spent many years in the chemical manufacturing, teaching and wilderness survival industries.  Robert is passionate about  the safety aspect surrounding emergency services.

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Membership Director - Jake Herring


Jake has 20 years of both volunteer and career firefighting experience coupled with a desire to learn as much as possible about all aspects of emergency service work. He is currently a Fire Department Training Officer, in which he deals with many aspects of the Hazmat team.

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Media Relations - Larry Thorne


Larry is a  Fire Buff and member of the Greater Toronto Multiple Alarm Association, which operates Toronto Fire's Canteen (Support 7) in 2009.

Larry is well known and respected by the Fire Family around the world, as well as by local Police and EMS services.

Media Relations - Adam McFadden


Adam McFadden has been a career firefighter for the past 8 years, and has been a hazmat technician for over 13 years. He is currently part of the City of Toronto Joint Task Force for Hazmat and CBRNE Response, and also participates on the Toronto Fire Services Hazardous Materials Operations Deployment Committee. He serves as a shift training instructor for Hazmat. Adam has experience in the industrial sector teaching industrial safety, emergency spill preparedness, fire and medical response and has spoken at various industrial safety events across the province. Adam has completed courses in Hazardous Materials Cargo Tank Car Specialist Training, with the Michigan State Police Academy and is also the Owner and Director of Firehouse Training, based out of Fergus, Ontario.