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Front Seat: Managing conflict

The more time I spent in the fire service, the more often I found officers starting to trust in my abilities and have me take the lead under their direct supervision. As we were pulling up to a fire or a collision scene with certain captains, we would exchange ideas and initial action plans before we would go to work trying to fix someone’s problem. By Jason Clark

StopBad: Building a great team

Look at any great organization and you will find a great team. While a good organization may have a great leader, it is a team of leaders that make the organization great. Solid teamwork (everyday) is essential for organizational success and survival. The fire service has always been great at developing solid teams, but don’t take this for granted. It requires a lot of hard work and constant effort to keep the team on track and moving in the right direction. Of course, any team will have stronger and weaker performers. Team leaders need to understand the awesome power of their team and figure out how to best use the individual skills within it while accomplishing goals. Team leaders must know how to lift up a member of the team while calming down another. By Gord Schreiner

Firefighters and mesothelioma: 4 important questions to answer

Firefighters risk their lives daily to help save others from danger. This selfless act is the nature of the occupation. Another regular nature — one that isn’t so obvious — is the risk of developing mesothelioma. By Devin Golden
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Preventing Firefighter Disorientation: Enclosed Structure Tactics for the Fire Service

William Mora, a 30-year fire service veteran and firefighter safety advocate, discusses how to prevent traumatic structural firefighter fatalities. Firefighter disorientation can be defined as “the loss of direction due to the lack of vision in a structure fire.”

To combat this problem, Mora outlines a multipronged approach to effectively address the components that contribute to disorientation and structural firefighter fatalities. Preventing Firefighter Disorientation includes many case studies and guidelines for size-up factors and is an important resource for all firefighters.

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Back to Basics: Flowing the aerial

This month’s article may not be applicable to every fire department within the country, but the principles will be. We are going to look at flowing water from the aerial master streams and the basics of doing so. Not every department has an aerial device, but they will have master streams that can be set up on the ground or even mounted on top of the engine or pumper. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

Repetition is key to prevention

New research highlights the importance of scheduled, repeated, and measured fire safety interventions as a key strategy for achieving sustained fire-safe behaviours in Indigenous and other vulnerable communities in Canada.By Len Garis and Mandy Desautels » Read more...

OAFC 2022 Conference and Trade Show

May 5-7, 2022
Location: The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
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Security • Police • Fire Career Expo

May 10, 2022
Location: Universal EventSpace, Vaughan, ON
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BCFTOA Conference

BCFTOA Conference
Location: Salmon Arm, B.C.
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