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November 21, 2019

Free Local Hero Support Program launches for first responders

Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centres is rolling out its Local Hero Support Program, which will provide up to 50 free residential treatment spaces each year to first responders who don't have access to care. The 30-day program treats concurrent addiction and mental health disorders.

Saskatoon firefighters now have non-opioid medication to treat trauma pain

The Saskatoon Fire Department has added a new medication to its emergency response kit – Penthrox, a non-opioid gaseous drug used for pain relief.

Cape Breton firefighters ratify new contract

The CBRM’s career firefighters have voted to accept a new contract with the municipality. Jody Wrathall, president of the local 2779 chapter of the International Association of Firefighters (IAF), said members voted 84 per cent in favour of ratifying the eight-year deal that was hammered out earlier this month by negotiators representing the firefighters’ union and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
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Feature: Help wanted

Finding volunteers is a continual challenge. Nova Scotia firefighter Peter Simpson talks about how one municipality is encouraging recruitment. » Learn more

Fit for duty: Finding your motivation

Have you had days when you’d rather do anything other than your workout? Sherry Dean talks about motivation and how to push through those lethargic moments. » Learn more

Crews discover grow-op at scene of Montreal house fire

Montreal police are investigating after firefighters stumbled across a marijuana grow operation while responding to a fire in LaSalle, Que., Monday night. » Read more

London, Ont., crews battle four cooking related fires in one day

The London fire department in Ontario is reminding people to watch what they are cooking after four separate fires in one day. Fire officials confirm all four of the fires they attended on Monday were the result of distracted or unattended cooking. » Read more

Vancouver crews rescue six people from burning apartment building

Firefighters had to work quickly to rescue six residents from a burning apartment building in South Vancouver. The blaze broke out early Tuesday in a three-storey, 24-unit wood frame building in the city’s Marpole neighbourhood. » Read more

Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs 2019 AGM

November 19 - November 21, 2019
Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
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2020 FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference

January 13 - January 15, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Conference

January 15 - January 16, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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