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Firefighters raise concerns about new dispatch policy

A new 911 policy designed to improve ambulance response times also has firefighters feeling sidelined during lower-risk medical calls when they could be helping out. B.C. Emergency Health Services changed its dispatch system back in June in an effort to get paramedics out to critical situations faster, and the agency says response times have been reduced by minutes–an improvement that can potentially mean the difference between life and death.

Ottawa names new fire chief

The City of Ottawa has named Kim Ayotte its new fire chief. The official announcement was made Wednesday. Ayotte had been filling the position in an interim role since former chief Gerry Pingitore retired in April.

Kick-start your fire service career

There are still seats left in the 2018 Firefighter Career Expo. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from and network with top chiefs, working firefighters and HR experts in fire service recruitment. This year’s event is taking place on Sept. 28 at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute in Mississauga, Ontario.
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Back to Basics: Firefighter survival

Whenever a mayday is called, it is for an emergency that requires help. The hope of the caller is that when the message is received by another person, help will be sent or given. Check out firefighter Mark van der Feyst’s latest article in our July edition of Canadian Firefighter magazine where he shares what he says is the right way firefighters should be calling for a mayday. » Learn more

Extrication Tips: Glass safety

Firefighter Chad Roberts talks about changes in glass safety in the July edition of Canadian Firefighter. He says dealing with glass is often forgotten about on most scenes but this vehicle component can cause major issues for patients and the changes that are happening will either help or hamper depending on how it is dealt with. » Learn more

Montreal firefighters rescue woman on Champlain Bridge

The Montreal fire department’s specialized rescue team completed a delicate operation Tuesday below the Champlain Bridge, extricating a woman who had fallen onto a metal platform below the deck of the span. » Read more

Fire razes Cambridge OPP detachment

The OPP detachment in Cambridge, Ont., has been leveled by a devastating fire Tuesday afternoon. There were no injuries as a result of some alert thinking by the detachment’s commander. » Read more

Two-alarm blaze damages two homes

Two homes were damaged in a two-alarm fire in the northwest Calgary community of Panorama Hills Wednesday. » Read more

OAFC Fire Con 2018

September 6-9, 2018
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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CAFC Fire-Rescue Canada

September 16-19, 2018
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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