Bruce Burrell, fire chief and head of the City of Calgary Emergency Management Agency, speaks to a group of 80 staff representing all Central Okanagan governments and emergency response agencies at the Coast Capri Hotel on Thursday. The chief spoke at length about the ordeal that Calgarians went through during last June's devastating flood. City staff and residents continue to deal with the aftermath emotionally, he said. Burrell's presentation ended with a photograph of a sign that read "We lost some stuff, we gained a community, thank you!" A couple in their 70s put up the sign in front of their home after they lost nearly all their possessions, including valuable artwork. Thursday's event was chaired by Jason Brolund, the Regional District of Central Okanagan's emergency program co-ordinator and deputy fire chief for Kelowna. Burrell's presentation focused on lessons learned from the 2013 flooding that affected the Calgary area. The presentation was intended to help in the Central Okanagan's ongoing training efforts to prepare for and handle any type of potential disaster or emergency.