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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

Volunteer Vision: Communicating your message

Can you easily tell when a person is confident? Can you detect by their actions or demeanor that they have everything under control? How about your confidence? Does it show? Speaking before a crowd, it’s easy to see when someone is controlled and confident in their delivery. I find that when you know what you’re talking about or are passionate about the topic, it’s easier to give your message. By Tom DeSorcy

Suicide: Part 1

I’ve spent the majority of my adult life speaking with individuals who want to die. These conversations can take place with patients in the Emergency Department at the hospital where I’m on staff but are more likely to occur when I’m on-scene with police crisis negotiators. My role as an operational forensic psychiatrist with the police is to advise the negotiators and critical incident command, but sometimes I’m asked to be the primary negotiator.
Suicide is a conscious act of self-induced annihilation in an individual who sees it as the best possible solution to a defined problem. By Peter Collins
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New Release: The Tactical Firefighter

A firefighter needs to be combat ready 24/7, consistently self-improving—a person who is mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared, can adapt as needed, buys into the positive culture of the department, and is not afraid to step up and get the job done, no matter how mundane the task. Tactical means constantly able to adapt and implement small-scale actions for a larger purpose, which is to serve the community that has entrusted firefighters with their lives.

The Tactical Firefighter is the culmination of the knowledge and experience of leaders who have contributed effective and efficient techniques and tactics to the development of the fire service. We are all students of the fire service, and we have been fortunate to learn from the best the country has to offer.

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Back to Basics: Which aerial to use?

There are many different types of aerial trucks in the fire service. All of them have an intended purpose and are designed for certain operational benefits. Within the fire service, aerial trucks are usually the biggest truck in the fleet and are admired and loved by most firefighters. Not every fire department will have a need for an aerial truck in their fleet, but they certainly can benefit from the use of one and can use mutual aid for assistance. By Mark van der Feyst » Read more...

Lights, camera, action!

With recruitment for volunteer firefighters an ongoing challenge in many areas across Canada, 12 Niagara-region fire departments recently banded together to produce a recruitment video that they hope will inspire and motivate new volunteers in the area to sign up. The video runs just under three minutes, cinematically showcasing the Niagara region’s volunteer firefighters working their day jobs as chiropractors, farmers and teachers (just to name a few). By Julie Fitz-Gerald » Read more...
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AFCA Conference and Trade Show

May 29-31
Location: Red Deer, Alta.
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MAFC Conference and Trade Show

June 2-4
Location: Dauphin, Man.
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