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Wearable sensor can measure cortisol hormone levels: study

A small wearable device, the first of its kind developed by engineers in Lausanne, Switzerland, shows promising potential in continuously monitoring and measuring stress hormone levels, according to a new study published in Nature. CTV News reports.

New study finds 99 per cent of fluorine found in fire station dust came from unknown PFAS

A new study looked at firefighters’ exposure to the fluorinated “forever chemicals” known as PFAS. Nearly 99 percent of the fluorine found in tests of dust from inside fire stations likely came from unknown PFAS chemicals that could not be identified as ones that researchers had tested for.

Fire fighting students to receive training assistance from Canada’s natural gas industry

Fire fighting students at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) will have access to additional training resources thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed recently between JIBC and the Canadian Gas Association (CGA).
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Standard on Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations

NFPA 1410 provides fire departments with an objective method of measuring performance for initial fire suppression and rescue procedures using available personnel and equipment. It specifies basic evolutions that can be adapted to local conditions and serves as a standard mechanism for the evaluation of minimum acceptable performance for hose line and water supply activities during training for initial fire attack

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Feature: Rural water supply

Water supply and application is the foremost critical issue with fires in areas lacking hydrants or other pressurized sources. It is imperative to know that water flow requirements correlate to fire heat release rate (HRR), square footage, occupancy type, content loading and percentage of involvement. By Joey Cherpin » Learn more
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Between Alarms: A leadership lesson from my dog

There is no better time than between alarms to improve yourself and those around you. This month’s column focuses on leadership with a twist. As I write this, my new puppy Murphy, turns one. Over the past year I have reflected on raising a puppy and how it relates to working in teams, coaching and leading firefighters. Please join me on this journey of raising a puppy and how the many skills cross over into the fire service. By Arjuna George » Learn more

Courtenay-Alberni MP introduces bill for volunteer firefighters, search and rescue workers

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns has introduced a Private Member’s Bill that proposes increasing the tax credit for volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers. Alberni Valley News reports. » Read more

Montreal fire department warns of increase in ice-related incidents

COVID-19 isn’t the only health hazard facing Montrealers, as the city’s fire department is warning of an increase in ice-related accidents. According to department spokesperson Simon Brien, the number of people who fell through ice in January was more than double the number during the same time last year. CTV News reports. » Read more

Two people rescued from Windsor house fire

Two people were rescued after a home caught fire on Sunday, according to Windsor’s fire department. Firefighters responded to a blaze at a home on Church Street, between Park Street and Karl Place, Windsor Fire & Rescue Service reported in a series of tweets starting at around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. CBC News reports. » Read more

BCFTOA H.O.T. Weekend and Educational Conference

May 14 – 20, 2021
Location: Parksville, B.C.
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