FireWise Learning Academy Presents

Cannabis Fire Safety Workshops

Tuesday, October 16 - Leduc, AB

Wednesday, October 17 - Cochrane, AB

Thursday, October 18 - Langley, BC

From growing to processing, extraction and selling, each stage of the marijuana industry presents a unique set of fire and life safety challenges. Join us to learn from the NFPA about current and expected fire codes and from Denver Fire Department about their experiences conducting fire safety inspections, plus what you need to know about first responder safety. Click here to see the event brochure.

Speakers and Topics

Picture Ray Bizal 3619Raymond B. Bizal is Director of Regional Operations at the National Fire Protection Association. He currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He is an officer of the California Fire Prevention Institute and serves as a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Fire Code Advisory Committee. Ray joined the NFPA in 2000 and has over 30 years in the fire protection profession, including 12 years with the International Conference of Building Officials and International Fire Code Institute, where he served in several positions, including Uniform Fire Code Coordinator and Manager of Code Development. He has received several awards for his contributions to the fire protection profession, holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and is a registered Fire Protection engineer in California.

Ray's presentation, "Growing Pains: Fire Safety in the Budding Marijuana Industry", addresses the anticipated evolution of fire safety in the industry as the economic powerhouse of recreational cannabis kicks in to "high" gear, including subjects regarding grow operations, carbon dioxide enrichment and extraction operations.


Shaye Mintz picShayne Mintz is the Canadian Regional Director of the NFPA and has 40 years experience in the fire service. He has experience in many aspects of fire and life safety and worked through the ranks to serving as fire chief for the City of Burlington, Ontario. Mintz has also held the position of assistant deputy fire marshal in charge of Fire Protection Services for the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal. Mr. Mintz is also a member of the Institute of Fire Engineers and holds Chief Fire Official designation from Dalhousie Univerity and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.

Shayne's presentation, "Canadian Perspective", covers what we know about the Canadian marijuana industry and how our government is organizing to deal with new legislation, what authority and jurisdiction the various levels of government have, as well as recommended safety measures, general safety regulations and how they apply in both indoor and outdoor operations. Learn what you might expect as an inspector, counterfeit listings, rating certifications and good production practices as well as storage recommendations, packaging, labelling and shipping requirements. 

Mark Rudolph photoMark Rudolph has been a firefighter with the Denver Fire Department since 1993. During his 15 years at Denver Station 8 Mark served as a firefighter on Engine 8 and was assigned to the Fire Prevention Division as an inspector in 2011. He is an NFPA Certified Fire Inspector 1 and is trained as an EMT-Basic. In 2013 Mark worked in the Flammables group while also inspecting and issuing operational permits for marijuana facilities. In 2014 Mark was assigned full time to the newly created Marijuana group as the second fire inspector and assisted in writing policies for operational permits and developing standard practices for compliance. Mark is also a lead inspector on the Denver Fire Department's Collaborative inspection team, which enforces compliance in unique inspection situations, including DIY art venues, hoarding occupancies, abandoned buildings and after-hours clubs.

Mark's presentation, "First Responder in Cannabis Operations", addresses what you might encounter when inspecting a cannabis operation, safety precautions to take, different types of cannabis operations and safety hazards as well as ratings and safety standards for cannabis equipment. Mark will also share some of the experiences of Denver Fire Department and what they have learned so far.

Mark's second presentation, "First Responder Safety in Cannabis Operations", covers identifying a cannabis operation, what you might experience and safety precautions to take as well as training undergone in Denver and some of their first responder experiences.

Registration and Venues

$279 + GST (includes lunch)

Tuesday, October 16 - Leduc, Alberta

Edmonton International Airport, Reykjavic and Amsterdam Rooms, 1000 Airport Road, Edmonton International Airport, AB 

Eventbrite - Cannabis Fire Safety Workshop  - Leduc County, AB

 Wednesday, October 17 - Cochrane, Alberta

The RancheHouse Conference Centre, Chinook Dining Hall, 101 RancheHouse Rd., Cochrane, AB 

Eventbrite - Cannabis Fire Safety Workshop  - Cochrane, AB

Thursday, October 18 - Langley, BC

Township of Langley Civic Facility, Fraser River Room, 20338 - 65th Avenue, Langley, BC 

Eventbrite - Cannabis Fire Safety Workshop  - Langley, BC