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Thunder Bay, Ont., firefighters awarded wage increases

A provincially-appointed arbitrator has awarded mandatory pay increases to City of Thunder Bay firefighters. Annual wage hikes over five years between Jan. 1, 2018 and July 1, 2022 will bring the base salary for a 1st Class firefighter to $106,498 by the end of the collective agreement.

Ottawa Fire Service hosts Ottawa 67’s team-building day

Ottawa Fire Services hosted the Ottawa 67’s for a full day of team building on March 3. Twenty-four hockey players aged between 16 and 21 joined firefighters at the OFS Training Centre where they had the opportunity to experience standard fire fighting tactics. All drills were team-oriented, namely a three-person hose advance to extinguish a working car fire, simulated rescue of an injured firefighter, navigation of a dark maze to simulate confined spaces, and forcible entry exercises.

Markham cadet program blazes new trails for special needs teens

The City of Markham’s firefighters proudly don their uniforms and inspire others with their bravery, and the latest recruits of their innovative cadet program are no exception. The city boasts the only fire cadet program for students with special needs in Ontario and — to the best of Markham Fire and Emergency Services’ knowledge — across Canada and the United States as well.
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Psychological Safety

Between alarms: Building Psychological Safety

Psychological safety has become a buzz word of sorts, but what is it really? And why is it so important to obtaining excellence and building strong, high performing teams? This column will provide some valuable insight on how we can improve our fire service’s psychological safety and improve our organizations greatly. By Arjuna George » Learn more
Recipe rescue

Recipe rescue: The power of salt

When I first started cooking at the firehouse, the only place you would ever see salt is in a shaker at the dinner table. Generations of families grew up with salt and pepper shakers at the table and that’s how you added salt to food. Unfortunately, all this does is make food salty. Oh, how far we have come as we now know, to become a better chef, simply learn how to master the use of salt! Salt is the single most important ingredient in any dish. It has a greater impact on flavour than any other ingredient. By Patrick Mathieu » Learn more

Fire causes $100,000 in damage to home under construction

Alert residents and quick response by firefighters kept fire from spreading inside a St. Catharines, Ont., home Saturday night. » Read more

Belleville, Ont., firefighters battle blaze at Procter and Gamble plant

Belleville, Ont., firefighters were called to a fire at a manufacturing facility in the city early Monday morning. The call came in at 5:15 a.m. that a 53-foot trailer was on fire at Procter and Gamble on University Avenue. » Read more

No injuries reported after fire damages Calgary home

A house in the southeast community of Applewood Park was partially destroyed after a fire on Monday night. » Read more

IAFC Wildland-Urban Interface Conference

March 21-26, 2020
Location: Reno, Nev.
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Michael Mullane Political Training Academy

March 22-28, 2020
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
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Canadian Firefighters Curling Association Canadian Championship

March 26 - April 4, 2020
Location: Charlottetown, P.E.I.
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