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‘My brain has seen enough trauma’: Man leaves firefighting for new calling – teaching PTSD symptoms

A Saskatchewan man and his son are hopping on their snowmobiles and making the rounds to different fire departments around the province to share their family’s struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Erik Foster, a volunteer firefighter specially trained in vehicle extrications, used to respond to nearly every call that went out to the firehall in his community of Colonsay, a town just outside of Saskatoon.

Shortage of firefighters could mean rising insurance rates for some Shuswap, B.C., residents

A British Columbia regional district is warning residents of the Shuswap communities of Scotch Creek and Lee Creek that their fire department is short on firefighters and that could mean rising costs for residents.

Experimental treatment saved life of retired Hamilton, Ont., firefighter with rare disease

Tom Salisbury didn’t think much of his chest cold when he got it in January 2014. He didn’t know it then, but the cold was the first symptom of a rare disease that could have killed him. The 54-year-old Hamilton man spent decades fighting fires — but he was having trouble knocking down this cold.
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Hoarding 101 for firefighters

Hoarding disorder was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), in May 2013. If sufficient functional impairment exists, it can be considered a disability with the right to “reasonable accommodation” under Human Rights legislation. By Elaine Birchall and Suzanne Cronkwright » Learn more
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Tools of the trade: Ahead of the Pack

The self-contained breathing apparatus is undoubtedly the most important advancement in firefighting technology. Being able to breathe is essential to allow for aggressive interior fire fighting but, because SCBAs can also wear you down physically, it is important to prepare physically. By Sean Kingswell » Learn more

Halifax couple thanks public a year after house fire claimed their seven children

The parents of seven children who died in a Halifax house fire a year ago are offering thanks to the public for the love and support they’ve received since the tragedy. » Read more

Regina firefighter falls through floor while battling flames

A fire on the 1300 block of Rae Street in Regina, Sask., led to a firefighter falling through a floor. » Read more

Explosion, fire damage vehicles at Stoney Creek, Ont., airport

Hamilton Fire says a number of vehicles sustained “significant damage” after a “well-involved fire” at a metal hanger at the Stoney Creek Airport on Friday afternoon. » Read more

Firehouse World 2020

Feb. 24-27. 2020
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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Security • Police • Fire Career Expo

March 3, 2020
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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IAFC Wildland-Urban Interface Conference

March 21-26, 2020
Location: Reno, Nev.
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