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December 19, 2019

Fire paramedic resources ‘severely taxed’: Winnipeg chief

It’s been a very busy year for Winnipeg’s Fire and Paramedic Service. The services says firefighters have responded to 702 structural fires so far in 2019, compared to 690 in total for 2018. As well, Fire Paramedic Chief John Lane told Global News Sunday that paramedics have conducted well over 50,000 medical transports this year.

Richmond fire department a leader in diversity after radical changes

There was a time when the fire department in Richmond, B.C., was mired in controversy after serious allegations of sexism and discrimination from women who walked off the job and even filed lawsuits, but now it’s become an industry leader in diversifying its workforce and adopting a ground-breaking approach to identifying top firefighting talent.

CTV News investigating allegations against Vancouver department

CTV News is investigating bullying and harassment allegations leveled against the Vancouver fire department after the news agency obtained an internal memo.
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Front seat: Clarity is key on scene

There are many things that a basic firefighter program teaches. Fire behavior, ground ladders and water supply are just a few of the many topics that are covered. As many other figures in the fire service have said in the past, the job of being a firefighter is one where there is a constant need for learning and sharpening skill sets. As firefighters, we are all apprentices of a trade that requires constant learning. Whether it is self-learning, in class or hands on training, the learning never stops. The same applies to fire officers. We must always be learning from our training, experiences and mistakes. By Jason Clark » Learn more

Fit for duty: Finding your motivation

Chances are if you are reading this column you either like fitness or like the sound of fitness. What makes one group different from the other? Action. As simple as that sounds, it is the great divide. There are exceptions to every rule and most of us will have moments when we struggle to get off the sofa, yet something eventually inspires us to do so. By Sherry Dean » Learn more

Four firefighters injured in crash after returning from ice water rescue

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries after a fire truck crashed in the Haliburton, Ont., area on Saturday evening. » Read more

Young girl struck by fire truck in Toronto

A girl under the age of 10 was struck by the driver of a fire truck near St. Clair Avenue West and Oakwood Avenue on Monday afternoon, police say. Const. David Hopkinson told the Star that the girl likely sustained either a “broken hip or broken leg.” Police later reported that injuries were “serious but not life-threatening.” » Read more

Three tow trucks set on fire in Hamilton

Hamilton, Ont., police have launched an arson investigation after three tow trucks were set ablaze overnight Monday. » Read more

FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Conference

Jan. 13-16, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Lambton County Firefighters’ Fire Trade Show

Jan. 25, 2020
Location: Point Edward, Ont.
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Firehouse World 2020

Feb. 24-27. 2020
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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