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July 4, 2019

Ontario recognizes first-ever PTSD Awareness Day

Fire departments across Ontario participated in the province’s first ever Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day on June 27. The Canadian Mental Health Association says PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can appear following a traumatic event in one’s life. It can affect victims or witnesses of distressful occurrences such as natural disasters, crimes, or major accidents.

New Fire Fighting in Canada podcast launched!

Podcast host and Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks with Canadian NFPA public-education representative Laura King on this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Not every hero wears a cape: Plan and practice your escape”. The two discuss what’s new this year, some background and history on the campaign, and offer valuable resources departments can use as they prepare for Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 6 to 12.

Fire burning in Ontario First Nation grows to 37,000 hectares

A forest fire southwest of Keewaywin First Nation, 600 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont., expanded significantly over the holiday weekend. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s provincial fire map shows that the blaze, which started on June 15, has now grown to 37,000 hectares.
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Now Available – NFPA’s 2019 Fire Prevention Week products

“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” is the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 6 to 12.

Whether you’re making one presentation or 100, there are all sorts of ways to get people in your community involved in Fire Prevention Week with activities and giveaways that will inspire and empower them with knowledge that can help save lives.

NFPA’s materials and resources help support your department’s efforts during Fire Prevention Week, and all year long, giving people the tools and know-how to develop and practice a home fire escape plan. >> Learn more
Editor Grant Cameron

From the editor: Doing the right thing

Editor Grant Cameron shares his opinion on the B.C. government’s latest amendments to the Worker’s Compensation Act, which will enable wildland firefighters, fire investigators and firefighters working for First Nations and other indigenous organizations to have easier access to compensation and support. » Learn more
Sean Kingswell

Tools of the trade: Groundwork training is important

Sean Kingswell doesn’t suggest that firefighters solely plan fitness around their job, however a certain amount of relevance makes sense. He says firefighters need to include some occupational-specific elements to ensure that they have the performance and effectiveness required to execute at a high level. » Learn more

Guelph fire crews investigating early morning blaze

The Guelph Fire Department in Ontario is investigating an early morning fire in the city’s west end. Fire crews responded to the home at 2:38 a.m. on Wednesday morning to find a pickup truck at the address fully engulfed in flames. » Read more

Crews tackle explosion, fire at Nelson motel

No one was injured in an explosion and fire at the Alpine Motel in Nelson, B.C., Friday evening, according to a news release from Nelson Fire and Rescue Services. » Read more

Early morning fire damages St. John’s daycare

An early morning fire damaged a daycare in the centre of St. John’s, N.L., Wednesday. Emergency crews were called to Mother Hen’s Daycare around 3:45 a.m., to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the business. » Read more

MFCA Conference

July 12 to July 15, 2019
Location: Moncton, N.B.
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IAFC Fire-Rescue International

August 7 to August 11, 2019
Location: Atlanta, G.A.
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OAFC FireCon

Sept. 5 to 7, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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CAFC Fire-Rescue Canada

September 13 to September 17, 2019
Location: Calgary, Ont.
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