Toronto West CAER Training

The Toronto West CAER Committee hosted a one-day Exercise Design Course specifically designed for Business and Industry. In addition to covering the theory and technical details of the six main types of exercise (notification, case-study, paper, table-top, telecommunications, and practical) the participants spent half their time actually writing, conducting, and evaluating paper exercises relating to emergency situations. The four syndicate groups worked on scenarios involving a major water break, a chemical spill, a bomb threat, and an offsite chemical emergency.

Instructors for the workshop were Wayne Gould and Rem Gaade, both emergency management consultants well-versed in designing and conducting emergency exercises. Toronto West CAER was pleased to be able to welcome guests from the Toronto East, Hamilton, and Mississauga/Oakville CAER groups to this course.

  Rem Gaade  

Rem Gaade is an emergency management consultant, with a background in Terrorism and HazMat issues as well as in emergency preparedness for the private and public sectors. He was formerly Chief of HazMat and Special Operations for the Toronto Fire Department.

Rem has been a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel, responsible for NFPA 471, 472, and 473, since 1987. He has been a member of the Standing Committee on Hazardous Materials and Activities of the National Fire Code of Canada for the last 23 years.

Rem Gaade was the first recipient of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ “Level A” Award for meritorious service to Hazardous Materials Response. He has been made a Life Member of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs for outstanding public service.

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  Wayne Gould  
Wayne Gould is the former Fire Chief for the Town of Oakville, Ontario, a position he held for almost 10 years. With 33 years of Emergency Services experience, of which 16 years have been at the senior management level, he is a graduate of the Ontario Fire College, Fire Protection Technology and Executive Development Programs. Wayne has also completed the Management of Excellence Program at the University of Virginia, he holds a Certificate of Management Studies from Sheridan College and is an authorized instructor for Exercise Design, Emergency Management Co-ordination and Basic Emergency Management Programs.

Following a career filled with responding to emergencies, managing significant events and gaining the attributes of operational and administrative planning, Wayne chose to embark on a new journey and has entered the Emergency Management consulting field.

He provides a wide range of services to his clients in both the public and private sectors. His knowledge and experience extends to emergency management programs, fire and emergency services organization and management, fire service master planning, consolidated dispatch systems, capital and operating budgets and labour relations. Wayne has a great deal of experience preparing and conducting emergency exercises; emergency management training, emergency operations centre design and emergency plan development.


Training car
Group training Learning about stenciling Inside the car

The BP Safety Train

Group training
Explanation of the car codes
Inside the car

September 1, 2004, Toronto West CAER member Castrol with BP Castrol Lubricants America brought the BP Safety Train to Toronto to allow Toronto firefighters, hazardous material professionals and other emergency responders to receive hands-on training for rail car emergencies. The BP Safety Train is a training vehicle that allows trainees to identify and resolve issues related to leaks, missing parts, faulty valves, amongst others in a realistic and safe setting.


The Toronto West CAER Committee hosted the 5th Annual Golden Horseshoe CAER Conference, at which 200 attendees learned new techniques in chemical safety, advances in emergency response and discussed the latest developments in community outreach.

Fire extinguisher training
CAER member companies sent 84 employees to learn the proper use of fire extinguishers, promoting safety in the workplace and at home.

Rail car simulator

Simulators reproducing the tops of rail cars for demonstrating the safe handling of rail car valves.

Propane burn off
Demonstrations in the characteristics of propane and its properties around tanker trucks.

Mobile propane safety classroom
Weldex brought an entire tractor trailer rig set up as a training room complete with valves and safety equipment.