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‘Uncharted times’: Planning for wildfire season amid the COVID-19 pandemic

For the last four years, cities and towns near large forests and woodland across Alberta have known spring brings increased wildfire risk. This year, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is throwing a wrench into any plans to deal with wildfire season.

Ontario takes additional measures to protect first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak

The Ontario government has enacted an emergency order that will allow firefighters, police and paramedics to obtain COVID-19 positive status information regarding individuals they come in contact with while on duty.

B.C. doctor warns of deadly ‘double whammy’ if coronavirus persists into wildfire season

The head of respiratory medicine at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital says B.C. could face a deadly “double whammy” if the novel coronavirus pandemic drags into a smoky wildfire season.
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Q&A: Mark Healey, BC Wildfire Service

Wildfire strategist Mark Healey on how BCWS tackles wildfires. Healey is a certified planning section chief for one of the six BCWS incident management teams. He has been in the service for 26 seasons and has worked as a planning section chief for over a decade. By Brieanna Charlebois » Learn more

5 mental health tips for first responders during COVID-19

Coping with the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is essential. Nick Halmasy, a registered psychotherapist, former firefighter and founder of, offers these five actions front line workers should do to care for their mental wellness during this crisis. » Learn more

Toronto firefighters no longer allowed to use CPAP machines on overnight shifts

Toronto firefighters on overnight shifts are no longer allowed to use CPAP machines at work. Late last week, the Toronto Sun learned that city firefighters who use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines while they sleep will be moved to day shifts, and their use no longer allowed in TFS sleeping barracks. The decision, said Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, came at the advice of the fire service’s chief medical officer. » Read more

Clean up and sanitizing against COVID-19 with Waterax pumps in Guatemala

Waterax’s partner in Guatemala, MELI SA, is doing clean up and sanitizing against COVID-19 with the company’s VERSAX multipurpose pump, the RANCHER 125 lightweight skid unit and VPO-1X vinyl backpack hand pump, showing a novel way equipment can be used in the field. » Read more

Wildland Urban Interface Symposium postponed

The Wildland Urban Interface Symposium provides education for interagency coordination between the BC Wildfire Service and municipal firefighters. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual WUI symposium was set to take place from May 1-3 in Penticton, B.C. » Read more

FDIC International - postponed

April 20 – 25, 2020
Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
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IAFC VCOS Symposium in the Spring – cancelled

April 30 - May 2, 2020
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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OAFC 2020 – cancelled

April 30 – May 2, 2020
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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