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January 2, 2020

Cancer in firefighters: What needs to be done?

Firefighters face an increased risk of cancer. Practices to reduce this risk, such as gross decon and the use of wipes are becoming more widespread alongside technologies like cleaner cab. Presumptive cancer legislation is also expanding in various parts of Canada. What needs to be done next and what do firefighters need to know about caring for their health? Dr. Kenneth Kunz, a medical oncologist and passionate advocate for firefighter cancer care, joins Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope, B.C., for a conversation that imparts an important message for the fire service on how to protect the health of those who protect the public. Check out our latest Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast. Thanks to this episode’s sponsor A.J. Stone.

Brampton fire department donates gear to Firefighters Without Borders

Brampton fire department donated 189 sets of bunker gear to Firefighters Without Borders. Firefighters Without Borders is a non-profit organization that provides equipment, training and support to fire service agencies around the world. Brampton Fire Chief Bill Boyes took to twitter to share the news. He explained that the gear will be given to less fortunate fire departments across Canada and the world.

Bullard celebrates 100 years of the hard hat

Since Bullard patented the world’s first hard hat in 1919, the industry of head protection has seen a centuries-worth of innovation. Contemporary culture views the use of hard hats as an obvious and required safety precaution, but this was not always the case.
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Understanding autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), commonly referred to as autism, is a complex neuro developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behaviour. The most recent data from the Public Health Agency of Canada in 2015 shows that one in 66 children are diagnosed with autism. By Ben Wilson » Learn more

Recipe rescue: Super seafood

Did you know Canada is home to 243, 042 km of coastline? That’s huge. The Great White North touches on the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans, an integral border of the Great Lakes and has an extremely high number of fresh water inland lakes – 31,752 according to the Atlas of Canada! By Patrick Mathieu » Learn more

Oak Bay, B.C. firefighters battle marina blaze

A 40-foot cabin cruiser called Lonely Bird went up in flames at Oak Bay Marina in B.C., threatening other boats. » Read more

Crews battle potato farm fire near Spruce Grove, Alta.

Parkland Country Fire Services battled a structure fire on a potato farm on the north side of Highway 16. » Read more

One person dead after house fire in Arcola, Sask.

One person is dead after a house fire in Arcola, Sask. » 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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