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March 28, 2019

Thorold names new fire chief

Terry Dixon has been appointed chief of the Thorold Fire Department in Ontario, taking over for interim Chief Vince Giovannini, who filled in after Brian Dickson left the organization late last year. Dixon brings nearly 35 years of experience to the position, split almost evenly as a volunteer and full-time firefighter.

Saskatchewan introduces volunteer firefighter tax credit

The 2019 to 2020 Saskatchewan budget contains new, non-refundable tax credits for volunteer firefighters and medical fire responders. Volunteers with at least 200 hours of service in a year will be able to claim a $3,000 tax credit, starting in the 2020 tax year.

New Fire Fighting in Canada podcast: The New Norm

Firefighters should brace for more forest and wildland blazes across Canada in future years – because it will be the new norm as climate change takes hold. Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta, spoke with Fire Fighting in Canada about the issue in a podcast that will be launched April 1. Check out some previously recorded episodes here if you missed any!
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Tim-bits: Regular training important to firefighters

Firefighter Tim Llewellyn said in the April issue of Canadian Firefighter that numerous fire department-related articles and speakers have echoed the notion that in order for career and volunteer firefighters to be as proficient as possible in their duties as firefighters, they must participate in some type of regular, realistic training or practice. » Learn more
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Extrication tips: The basics of air bags

Firefighter Chad Roberts shares tips on the basics of airbags when it comes to extrication in the April issue of Canadian Firefighter. » Learn more

Electrical fire prompts evacuation of Newfoundland high school

Fire crews were called to a high school in Mount Pearl, N.L., on Mar. 25 after an electrical fire prompted the building’s evacuation. A heater in the gym caught fire, causing no serious damage, but prompting a call to the fire department. » Read more

House fire sends man to hospital with serious burns

Pickering Fire Services in Ontario says a man has been taken to hospital with serious burns following a massive house fire in Pickering on Mar. 25. » Read more

Robots working with humans

Swarms of robots could help us perform tasks in the future from search and rescue, firefighting operations to farming, researchers say. » Read more

Northeastern Fire Education Trade Show and Conference

Mar. 29 to 30, 2019
Location: Deerhurst, Ont.
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FDIC International

Apr. 8 to 13, 2019
Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
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FSANS Spring Conference

Apr. 12 to 19, 2019
Location: Truro, N.S.
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OAFC Annual Conference & Trade Show

May 3 to 4, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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OAFC FireCon

Sept. 5 to 7, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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