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CAFC: Fire departments in the age of COVID-19 and other pandemics

In the age of COVID-19 and building on our experiences from SARS and H1N1, it becomes particularly important to remind our policy leaders what we in the fire sector take for granted – that is in some respects, the name “fire” department may be a misnomer. Fire departments are all hazard responders. This includes emergency medical calls.

OAFC postpones trade show amid COVID-19

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs has cancelled its upcoming 2020 conference and trade show for the health and safety of all, and is looking at options for rescheduling.

30 per cent of Winnipeg firefighters could become exposed to COVID-19: Union president

The president of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg said upwards of 30 per cent of the firefighting force could be exposed to COVID-19 and will need to be quarantined.
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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

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

Fire in Milton, Ont., destroys multiple homes

Firefighters in Milton battled a fire that has destroyed at least two homes Tuesday evening, causing more than $1.5 million in damage. » Read more

Langley, B.C., firefighters in isolation after possible COVID-19 exposure

A top Langley fire official is reminding the public to be sure to tell emergency dispatchers if they may be a coronavirus exposure risk, after eight firefighters were put in isolation due to COVID-19. » Read more

Twenty Halifax firefighters go into self-isolation after training in the U.S.

Twenty Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency firefighters will go into self-isolation after returning to Nova Scotia from training in the U.S. for the past two weeks. » Read more

Northeastern Fire Education Conference - cancelled

March 27 - 29, 2020
Location: Huntsville, Ont.
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