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Study to look at mental health supports for firefighters during pandemic

First responders often face a lot of pressure and stress on the job and this has only increased in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This added strain could result in more mental health issues among first responders like firefighters, who are often the first on the scene, and one researcher at Lakehead University is looking at ways to offer more supports to men and women on the frontline.

Mississauga, Ont., firefighters say supply of N95 masks running critically low

The union that represents Mississauga firefighters say its supply of N95 respirator masks is running “extremely low” and the shortage means members have to wear a cumbersome, self-contained breathing apparatus when responding to medical calls.

58-year-old still training despite FireFit competitions cancelled

All of the FireFit competitions since May have been cancelled because of COVID-19 but that hasn’t stopped this firefighter. If you’re just strolling by, London, Ont., firefighter Steve Baker’s workout might stop you in your tracks. On a quiet residential street, dressed in full gear, 58-year-old Baker performs burpees, swings axes and hauls rescue mannequins across the road.
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COVID-19: Re-opening considerations for commercial high-rise buildings and fire safety

Fire safety and code compliance are significantly impacted as commercial high-rise building managers in Toronto plan to implement their COVID-19 re-opening programs. Unfortunately, five out of five published re-opening guides for commercial high-rise buildings do not consider the many impacts to fire safety. By Jason Reid. » Learn more

New physician-monitored health and wellness platform for firefighters

After nearly two years of intense collaboration between project stakeholders and industry experts, the Aivia Health project launched a new app that allows firefighters to manage critical aspects of their health and wellness while physicians monitor their profiles and provide ongoing proactive guidance. By Laura Aiken. » Learn more

Officials probing fatal London, Ont., apartment fire

Investigation is continuing into the cause of a fatal apartment fire over the weekend in London’s Old East Village, fire officials said Monday. » Read more

Firefighters rescue boys from roof of burning Brampton, Ont., home

Three boys managed to escape injury after a fire broke out at a house in Brampton Tuesday evening. Emergency crews were called to a fire at a home shortly after 4:30 p.m. According to Peel Regional Paramedic Services, two boys were found on the roof of the home and another boy ran out of the home on his own. » Read more

Man severely burned in Cornwall, Ont., apartment blaze

A man is being treated for severe burns at the Cornwall Community Hospital after an apartment fire on Tuesday afternoon. Cornwall firefighters, paramedics and police were called to the four-plex just after 1 p.m. » Read more

FFIC Virtual Summit

June 26, 2020
Location: virtual
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IAFC Fire-Rescue International

August 19 - 21, 2020
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
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Canadian Firefighter Memorial

September 13, 2020
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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