John is the Executive Director, overseeing the daily operation and long range planning of the fire school. He has been in the fire service since 1992 spending nearly 12 years with the Howie Centre Fire Department, rising through the ranks to become Chief. Currently, John is Fire Chief with Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency Service, Station 65, Tantallon. John completed his Level II Instructional Techniques training in 1996 and began instructing at the school in 2000. He began his association with the Nova Scotia Firefighters School as the Director for Cape Breton County, serving from 1997-2003.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 223
Darrell joined the Nova Scotia Firefighters School in January 2018. Working directly for the Executive Director, Darrell is responsible for the growth of the school through public awareness, curriculum additions, funding and enrollment. Darrell has a complete background with over twenty five plus years in business marketing and business management, combined with both fire and emergency training. Darrell has been a volunteer member of Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency at station 42/43 since 2004 raising through the ranks from firefighter to officer. He has NFPA certifications as class one firefighter, fire officer and fire instructor to name a few. Darrell is from Whitney Pier in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 230
Lynelle started in the fire service in 2004. She began her fire service career first as a volunteer firefighter and later as a career firefighter with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services. She then moved into a fire safety consultant role with a fire protection engineering firm in Halifax. Lynelle still does consultant work as a junior fire investigator and code consultant for a fire investigation company. She serves on the IFSTA Fire and Emergency Services Instructor Ninth Edition and Fire Inspection and Code Enforcement Ninth Edition Validation Committees.
Lynelle started full-time at the school in 2013 and is the Senior Instructor for the Pre-Employment Program. She holds NFPA certifications in Firefighter I & II, Haz Mat Awareness and Operations, Instructor I & II, Fire Officer I, and Fire Investigation. She is a Level I Certified Fire Inspector through the Fire Inspectors Association of Nova Scotia, and a NAFI certified fire investigator. Currently Lynelle is enrolled as an honours student at Eastern Kentucky University in the Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Program. Lynelle also holds a diploma in Journalism.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 263
Everett has been with the Nova Scotia Firefighters School since 2007. As a Senior Instructor his main focus is the management of the Mobile Burn Unit, he is also involved in facility operations, and the hiring and promotion of part time staff. Everett has worked with, and instructed both volunteer and career firefighters across Atlantic Canada, and Quebec.
A second generation firefighter, Everett joined the Chester Volunteer Fire Department in 1999 where he became involved with all aspects of the department. He worked his way up through the Department holding many different positions and ranks, to his current position as Fire Chief. A graduate of Memorial University, Safety and Emergency Response Training Center, Everett holds ISFAC & ProBoard certifications in Level I and Level II Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, Fire Apparatus Driver Operator, Level I Instructor, and numerous rescue and specialized courses.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 262
Jason “Jigger” MacLeod has worked at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School since 1998 and currently holds the position of Senior Instructor. His main focus at the NSFS is industrial training for emergency response teams, as well as basic and advanced training sessions for career & volunteer firefighters. In addition to teaching, Jason works on course development, on both new and existing courses, and is currently working on technical rescue.
Jason began in the fire service in 1991, where he became involved with all aspects of the department. He worked his way up through the department, holding many different positions and ranks, and is currently the Assistant (Deputy) Chief of Pictou. Jason is an adjunct instructor at the Blainville, Quebec training academy, Service de le Sécurité Incendie and with the Kativik Regional Government in Kuujjauq. Jason is also an examiner for the Nova Scotia Fire Service Professional Qualifications Board.
Jason has completed his IFSAC and ProBoard Level I & II Firefighter,Level I & Level II Instructor, Hazardous Material Awareness, and Operations and Technician, numerous advanced rescue and specialized courses. Jason is always looking for new opportunities and courses in order to better himself, and the NSFS.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 229
Chris joined the fire service in mid 2002 to aid the community and be a part of the organization that his family had been a part of since the early 1950’s. Deciding to pursue emergency services as a career, he enrolled in the Basic Firefighting Program at Holland College in 2006. Graduating in early 2007 with several IFSAC qualifications, he returned home to further serve his community while searching for employment. Exploring different job opportunities in the mean time; Chris developed an extensive knowledge of building materials and construction practices to better understand fire development and its relation to different structures. His professional experiences have also included some industrial and production facility knowledge as well as spending some time driving professionally. Since 2007, Chris has held the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and currently holds the rank of 1st Deputy Chief of the Greenwich Fire Department. His secondary duties within the service have been as a Fire Prevention Officer, Junior Program Administrator for firefighters aged 16-18, Kings County Training Committee member, and sitting on the board of directors for two different fire departments in various capacities.
Chris is the NSFS’s Senior Instructor in charge of the Volunteer Program, supervising the set up and delivery of training throughout the Atlantic Provinces for many volunteer fire departments and county-wide, Level 1 training programs. His secondary duties at the school include coordination and instruction of marine industry courses, instruction on the Pre-Employment Program, instruction on some industrial courses and filling in as an instructor of the Fire School’s Mobile Burn Unit. In addition, Chris was one of few Atlantic Province participants in the fire dynamics program recently developed in Ottawa where he spent two weeks in 2017 working with firefighters from around the globe to better fire behaviour training for firefighters.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 226
Jennifer’s fire service career began with the Island & Barrington Passage Fire Department. After successful completion of training for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazmat Awareness, Hazmat Operations, Instructional Techniques I, and achieving IFSAC / ProBoard certification in all these courses, Jennifer then worked as a fire service instructor within the Municipality of Barrington. During her time at the IBPFD, Jennifer was encouraged to develop her fire service education, and completed specialized rescue and officer level courses while serving as an active interior firefighter/driver, Fire Prevention Officer and Training Officer.
Jennifer started working for the Nova Scotia Firefighters School in 2015, and made the transition to Full Time Instructor in 2018. Her diverse instructional portfolio includes working with the Career, Pre-Employment, Industrial, Marine, Mobile Burn Unit and Volunteer firefighting programs at the school and throughout Atlantic Canada. Jennifer currently serves as the Pictou Fire Department Training Officer, and is an active Medical First Responder/Interior Firefighter/driver.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 231
Ksenia “Kaz” Zayats was a Pre-Employment student here at the Nova Scotia Firefighters school and Graduated at the top of her class. Following her graduation, she started as a part-time Assistant Instructor in the spring of that year. Ksenia worked on the Mobile Burn Unit (MBU) her first summer with the school. She went on to become the full time assistant for the Pre-Employment program. Ksenia obtained her Fire Service Instructor here at the school. Her focus here at the school is varied with a wide range of courses, including marine, industrial, basic firefighting, and speciality courses.
Ksenia is a volunteer firefighter with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency with station 41 in Waverley. She actively participates with the delivery of training for her fellow members. She has received multiple awards within the ranks of her home department.
Ksenia has completed her IFSAC and ProBoard Level I & II Firefighter and Level I Instructor, Hazardous Material Awareness, and Operations. She also has certification in technical courses such as Confined Space Rescue, Technical Rope Rescue, Fall Protection Rescue and H2S Alive.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 224
Diane joined NSFS back in June of 2012 as the Executive Assistant. Her responsibilities include assisting John Cunningham, Executive Director; processing and administering Payroll; dealing with all aspects of Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable and assisting when needed in the front office.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 254
Lesley Mulvey joined NSFS in March of 2013. She is responsible for all registration duties related to offsite courses and the Mobile Burn Unit. Lesley has previously worked as a Recruiting Assistant in the Oil & Gas Industry and worked in the Accounts Receivable department of a local Real Estate Investment company. She welcomes the change of working for a not-for-profit company and embraces the culture of working the Fire Service Training Industry.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 222
Traci McBride joined NSFS in March 2018. Her role includes registration for courses held at NSFS for Volunteer Fire Departments, Industrial Programs, and our Pre-Employment Program as well as reception duties. Traci brings 20 years of administrative experience - 12 years in market research and 8 years from a hospital/university setting. She is excited to learn and become part of the fire services training industry at the Fireschool.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 221
Ruth Nilsson joined NSFS in January 2017. She is responsible for all totes, survey monkey course evaluations, bookstore sales and shipping, as well as the administration of the on-line course offerings.
Prior to returning to work after being a stay home mom, Ruth worked in the environmental management field.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 233
Brendon joined the Nova Scotia Firefighters School in 2016 as an assistant. In March 2018 he took a full-time maintenance position at the school. Brendon is a graduate of the Pre-Employment programs class 24 and has pro-board certifications in level 1 and 2 firefighter, industrial incipient fire brigade, and Haz-Mat awareness and operations. Brendon joined the fire service in January 2013 as a member of Scotchtown volunteer fire department in Cape Breton. Before joining the Nova Scotia Firefighters School Brendon had a background in carpentry.
Contact: 902-861-3823 ext. 227
1st Vice Chair
2nd Vice Chair
Annapolis Daniel Cheeseman
Antigonish Pierre Venedam
Cape Breton Bernie MacKinnon
Colchester Wade Jennings
Cumberland Allan MacKenzie
Digby/Clare Jamie VanTassell
Guysborough Shawn Andrews
Hants Tim MacNeil
Inverness Robert MacEachern
Kings Preston Ilsley
Lunenburg David Robb
Pictou John Davison
Queens Charlie Greer
Richmond Raymond Ferguson
Shelburne Eugene Stoddard
Yarmouth Lynn Seeley
FSANS Rod Nielsen
Fire Marshal Fred Jeffers
At Large Michael MacIsaac
At Large Scott Burgess
At Large Gary MacLaughlin
At Large David Burnett
At Large Will Brooks
At Large jamie Harvey
At Large Mike Lockett
At Large Michael Nauss
At Large Mark Pound