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May 16, 2019

Wildfire fighters need to be aware of signs of PTSD

As wildfire season approaches, a former first responder says more needs to be done to help firefighters deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Boot camp puts B.C. firefighter recruits to the test

More than 200 young men and women are learning what it takes to join the B.C. Wildfire Service. Potential recruits will test their physical stamina and mental endurance during an eight-day course this spring with the hopes of joining the ranks of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

First FireFit event held in B.C.

Ten Canadian FireFit competitions are scheduled throughout the summer across Canada, culminating with the World FireFit and Canadian National Championships in Oshawa, Ont., from Sept. 11 to 15. More than 1,500 firefighters are expected to compete. Results from the first Canadian FireFit event of 2019, held in B.C., have been announced. Check them out.
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Sean Kingswell

Tools of the Trade: Firefighters are like professional athletes

The word “professional” means doing something as a livelihood, while the word “athlete” means exercising physical ability in many forms. Personal trainer and firefighter Sean Kingswell says firefighters are like professional athletes and need to take care of their bodies and are responsible to be their most fit and professional selves possible. » Learn more
Wildland fire

Fire Ground: The new norm

Editor Grant Cameron wrote an article in the April issue of Fire Fighting in Canada on wildland fire experts and ecologists warning that fires will likely become more widespread and destruction will become more severe during the summer months in Canada as climate change takes hold. » Learn more

Saskatoon firefighters bring grass fire under control

Members of the Saskatoon Fire Department in Saskatchewan worked for more than two hours to bring grass fires burning near train tracks west of the city under control. » Read more

Crews battle blaze at historic Welland home

A fire in a historic, 160-year-old home in Welland, Ont.’s, downtown core led to more than two dozen firefighters from two cities responding to the call Tuesday and searching for a possible person inside. » Read more

Fire forces evacuation of Ottawa school

A Vanier school was safely evacuated of staff and students as firefighters rushed to the scene of a fire that was contained in a ground-floor storage room early Tuesday afternoon. » Read more

BCFTOA Conference

May 25 to 30, 2019
Location: Nelson, B.C.
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AFCA Conference and Trade Show

May 26 to 29, 2019
Location: Red Deer, Alta.
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BC Fire Expo and FCABC Education Summit

June 2 to 3 , 2019
Location: Penticton, B.C.
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OAFC FireCon

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