Canadian Electrical Industry News Week
Dec 18, 2017
 
FreemanBy Owen Hurst

Sean Freeman is a vibrant, enthusiastic and selfless individual who has taken his trade expertise beyond that of a traditional career. Besides being a master electrician, but he has travelled around the world as an electrical technician delegate with the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit. His skills are a vital part of emergency response and disaster relief.

In 2013 Sean responded to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In 2014 Sean spent almost a month in Kenema, Sierra Leone working at an Ebola treatment centre. There he was responsible for ensuring electricity and clean water were available, and worked to strengthen the facility’s infrastructure. And in 2015 he responded to the earthquake in Nepal, where he maintained the upkeep of a field hospital, arranged supply shipments, and helped with local technical training. He has also worked with SNC Lavalin in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Besides being a Master Electrician, Sean also has a diploma in business administration and marketing from Mount Royal College and an emergency medical responder certificate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

EIN recently had a chance to ask Sean about his career and the experience of working as a technician delegate with the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Strathmore, Alberta, just east of Calgary. Family is a big part of my life with parents, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews in the area. I have a daughter, four, who keeps me jumping as well. I am a senior firefighter with the Strathmore Fire Department and a technician delegate with the Canadian Red Cross. As for hobbies, I have had motorcycles, love the outdoors, and building things around the house and for my daughter.

What got you into working in the electrical industry initially?

I started working as an electrician apprentice in 2001. I wanted a trade and found this trade to suit me best. With many friends in the trade I explored opportunities and found work with Techmation Electric & Controls to start my apprenticeship.

Tell us a little about the work you have done in the industry.

After a couple of years as an oilfield electrician, I briefly returned to close out some business concerns, and then spent the rest of my apprenticeship as a commercial and industrial electrician. As a journeyman I spent time in Toronto in commercial and controls until I took a job at Exclusive Alarms as an electrician, and where I learned more about fire alarms and the inspection and emergency service. After a few fantastic years there I found myself using this and completing CFAA (Canadian Fire Alarm Association) certification while working on a Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a maintenance electrician and fire alarm tech. Later I worked as an industrial electrician for Burnco, and as of late have been working on commercial, fire alarm, and residential projects while splitting the balance of time with the Town of Strathmore Fire Department and the Canadian Red Cross.

How and why did you get involved in working with the Red Cross and the ERU Team?

I loved the challenges and adventure of international work, and the opportunity of the ERU team with the Canadian Red Cross came up, with all of what I love to do.

What does being a member of the ERU Team entail?

Being a member of the ERU team means that I must keep current my trade certifications that apply, master electrician and first aid. To join the team, we take training with others on the ERU team — doctors, nurses, specialists, admin, and logistics. The experience we bring — the ability to operate in unconventional situations, in other countries, with other cultures, with electrical equipment and materials from all parts of the world — makes for effective team members.

What is the protocol when you are called to respond to an emergency?

We are notified by text, by phone call, and by mail. We are asked to commit to an immediate deployment, or in a month, or at a later point in the deployment. We must have permission from our work, and our families and other obligations to make this commitment. Deployments are generally a month or so, and our lives must go back to where they were when we return.

Would you share a short story or two about your response to an emergency?

As it relates to contracting, so does it relate to the wishes of the team lead in requests. On every mission I have been asked to power up a building, structure, or anything else resembling, especially if it had a light bulb in it somewhere, at some time. We discuss priorities and what is possible with whatever is on hand or available. We discuss what is safe and sustainable. The best decisions are always made as a team, and my experience is required to put forth the best options and solutions.

I have been lucky enough to troubleshoot tents, toasters, Chinese oxygenators, European generators, African buildings, Nepalese water distribution systems in a remote town on the side of a mountain, and once, at three in the morning, a water pump in the Philippines from my bed in Strathmore. All these things have a story that goes with them, and memories made. Happily, a resolution was found in each case.

What is the best part about being able to respond and participate in protecting people in the event of an emergency?

Without a doubt, the best part is knowing that what you are doing, what your team is bringing, and what Canadians have sent with you is making a huge difference in the lives of people going through the toughest times of their lives.

How do you stay ahead of the continuing technology and trends in the industry? And has new technology hindered or aided in your ability to act in emergency situations?

I take ongoing training in disaster services, Red Cross training, and electrical trade upgrades. I have recently taken a course in solar PV and design, Canadian Electrical Code updates when they come up, and I talk with suppliers and manufacturers about what is available and what is coming.
Generators are getting lighter and more fuel efficient, power distribution systems are becoming more standard for portable power, and once energy storage is less bulky and more robust, I think we will see deployable solar PV generation and storage. All these things make a field hospital and other aid missions easier, cheaper, and faster to deploy and operate.

How vital is it for someone like yourself to be part of a team of variously skilled individuals when responding to an emergency?

I have been lucky enough to work with some of the best individuals in their specific fields. By giving them a dependable, manageable, flexible platform to work from, they are able to do what they are best at. Great teams produce great work. It inspires me to keep up and do my part.

If you could give any message to Canadians, or others who have the potential to help the way you do, what would it be?

Everyone can help in some way. For me to help the way I do, I have a strong family that supports what I do. Personal resolve and getting the job done are very important. I love to take the skills I have and apply them to ERU deployments. The things I learn from around the world have use when I work in Canada, and the Canadian electrical trade skills are very useful to the ERU team. Excellent troubleshooting comes from experience, the more practice, the better at it you get. I never stop learning.

 

Changing Scene

  • Prev
  Schneider Electric has committed to sourcing 100 per cent renewable electricity and ...
  Smart lighting start-up Gooee, the ‘data brain’ for building activity, has ...
John Sencich will be retiring on February 23, 2018. John has been an esteemed member of Thomas ...
  Prysmian Group and General Cable Corporation have announced that they have entered into a ...

Schneider Electric

For the eighth year in a row, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and automation, participated as a proud sponsor in the 17th annual Tremblant 24h. With support from family, friends, employees, and the company, Schneider Electric Canada employees raised funds and presented a cheque for $101,840 to support local children’s causes. 

The company was one of 366 teams participating in this year’s events, which took place December 8 to 10 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec.

Read more

 

 

EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

Read more: EFC NAFTA Recommendations...

 

Codes and Regulations Brought to You by the CSA Group

  • Prev
In this article: Section 58 — Passenger Ropeways and Similar Equipment. Rule 58-000 ...
  Unauthorized CSA Group certification marks have been found on wiring by Triumph Cable ...
In this article: Section 52 — Diagnostic imaging installations. The CE code is a ...
In this article: Section 46 — Emergency Power Supply, Unit Equipment, Exit Signs, and ...
  In this article: Section 44 — Theatre Installations. The CE Code is a ...
CSA has published C22.2 No. 60947-7-3, the harmonized standard for low-voltage switchgear and ...
  Electric welders. The CE Code is a comprehensive document. Sometimes it can seem ...
  In this article: Section 40 — Electric cranes and hoists. The CE Code is a ...

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

 Read more...

 



Tools for the Trade

  • Prev
  IDEAL Industries has introduced Combination Drill Taps to its tool lineup. Combining the ...
  Stripping and crimping device, 100 - 240 V input voltage, for insulated ferrules with a ...
Professional all-in-one cutter/stripper for coaxial and twisted pair cables     ...
  Klein Tools' Coax Explorrer 2 tests coaxial cable and maps up to 4 locations   ...
  Ideal Industries' T-14 wire stripper s are ideal for all professionals working within the ...
  The ATS850 conveyor eliminates all types of electro static discharge requirements. ...
  Lorik Tool & Automation has the experience and ability to manufacture a variety of ...
  Ideal Industries' 26 piece insulated Journeyman kit is ideal for new electricians or for ...
  Klein Tools Deluxe Fish Rod Set comes in 19 pieces that when assembled can fish wire and ...
  BendWorks Software was designed to help electrical contractors adopt this new process ...

Product News

  • Prev
  FLIR announces the FLIR DM91 Industrial true-root mean square multimeter for ...
  Emerson has launched an innovative new line of power supply redundancy modules delivering ...
  SPAR Technologies Inc has introduced their next generation variable frequency drives ...
  Eaton Power Extenders increase the load capacity of dimmers and emulates connected ...
  Schneider's DALIcontrol system provides by its very architecture; a uniquely flexible ...
  The Lutron Hi-lume Premier 0.1% has superior performance and is easy to setup. The ...
  Eiko's GP LED is a direct replacement for halogen Incandescent G4 and G9 wedge base ...
  Philips field apps are a suite of applications used to set various parameters of Philips ...
  The Eurofase 80W Transformer handles up to 2x35W MR11/MR16 or 3x20W Bi-Pin/MR11/MR16 ...
A luminaire fitted with gesis plug & play interface reduces installation efforts by ...

 

Peers & Profiles

  • Prev
David Johns is a unique and dedicated individual both at home and in the workplace. At home he is a ...
    Sean Freeman is a vibrant, enthusiastic and selfless individual who has taken his ...
  Automation companies are drivers of innovation, and have penetrated near every industry ...
Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts ...
Andrew MacLeod is a territory sales manager with Leviton Manufacturing of Canada in British ...
  Floyd Lau founded Amptek Technologies in 2002 as an end to end engineering design ...
Mike Marsh, President and CEO of SaskPower, has been a leading figure in Saskatchewan’s ...
Gordon MacDonald is a cheerful, driven individual who loves to be challenged, a trait that suits ...
  Most of us have a difficult enough time managing one job and a home life. However, some ...
  Since 2012 Barnstormer has advanced the abilities of their brewery with the installation ...

Copper $US Dollar price per pound

 Sean Freeman

Sean Freeman is a vibrant, enthusiastic and selfless individual who has taken his trade expertise beyond that of a simple career. Not only is he a Master Electrician but he has traveled around the world as an electrical technician delegate with the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit. His skills are a vital part of emergency response and disaster relief.

In 2013 Sean responded to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In 2014 Sean spent almost a month in Kenema, Sierra Leone working at the Ebola Treatment Centre. There he was responsible for ensuring electricity and clean water were available, and worked to strengthen the infrastructure of the facility. 

read more

Kerrwil Publications

538 Elizabeth Street, Midland,Ontario, Canada L4R2A3 +1 705 527 7666
2016 All rights reserved

Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy Policy (effective 1.1.2016)
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Kerrwil