Sandy McKinnon retired from the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources in January 2016. Based at the Provincial Forest Fire Centre in Fredericton, he has spent most of his career engaged in wildfire management, aerial operations, training and fire centre operations. In 2012, he accepted a one year secondment opportunity with the Department of Public Safety working with NBEMO and NB911.
Throughout his forest service career, he has been instrumental in the establishment of ICS within DNR. Sandy is certified as a Logistics Section Chief for complex incidents. He has performed this function on incidents as far west as British Columbia, and south to the State of Georgia. His career has covered 35 wildfire seasons and during that time he has worked using ICS on forest fires, major flood events, hazmat incident, hurricane support and planned events. He is a nationally certified ICS Canada instructor and is also a member of the ICS Canada National Steering Committee.
Sandy McKinnon has been active throughout his career in the delivery of training for ICS and Incident Management Team development. The following groups are some of the agencies and departments he has conducted training and exercises for:
- Department of Natural Resources in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northeast Forest Fire Protection Commission
- Long Island Wildland Fire and Incident Management Academy – Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York
- NB Power – Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police – J Division
- New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government
- New Brunswick Department of Pubic Safety
- City of Fredericton
- Red Cross
- Various fire departments, fire service associations and fire service workshops
During his career, he also has been involved with the New Brunswick Fire Service, beginning as a volunteer fire fighter in 1987 with the Miramichi Fire Department. In 1988, he moved to Renous, joining the Renous-Quarryville Fire Department, working his way up to the position of Fire Chief . After moving to the Fredericton area in 2004, Sandy joined the Upper Kingsclear Fire Department where he retired in 2012 as Safety Officer after 25 years of service.