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Canadian government launches Emergency Preparedness Public Awareness campaign

The federal government is rolling out a new campaign to help communicate to the public the need to be prepared for natural disasters and hazards such as flooding, storms, and wildfires.

St. John’s firefighters grounded, as helicopter rescue team remains in ‘holding pattern’

The helicopter rescue team normally called in to pluck wayward wanderers from cliffs and transport injured hikers from remote inaccessible locations around St. John’s, has been grounded. The St. John’s Regional Fire Department team has been out of commission for nearly a year, CBC News has learned, due to delays in equipping the choppers now tasked with the job. CBC News reports.

New EDI Celebration Series to focus on women and leadership in the fire service

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is one of the most pressing conversations in the fire service today. A unique collaboration between Fire Fighting in Canada (FFIC) and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) is recognizing the great strides that have been made by women in fire and emergency service management. There have been significant milestones made by the fire service in becoming a fire service for all.
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Front Seat: Inside the beach rescue

When you think of the branches within fire departments, you usually think of your suppression division, public education and inspections, training division and, if the organization is large enough to support one, apparatus maintenance. You don’t often find a beach rescue division within the fire service, but for several weekends last summer, I found myself working alongside the men and women of our beach rescue team who fall within our fire service organizational structure.
By Jason Clark
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Fit for Duty: Mixing workout disciplines

Mixing or meshing various types of fitness regimes and approaches can be very beneficial to overall health and wellness. Rules are made to be broken ‘if’ it makes good sense. There are direct benefits in change, but there should also be some consideration for overall progress. Knowing what to choose from and how to mesh everything can be a bit confusing. These are some general guidelines to consider.
By Sherry Dean
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Parkade fire forces 250 residents from Calgary apartment building

The Calgary Fire Department said 250 residents were forced from their Victoria Park building after a fire spread in its parkade on Tuesday. Global News reports. » Read more

Fire causes extensive damage to Guelph home

In Ontario, an investigation is underway following a house fire in Guelph’s south end on Tuesday morning. Global News reports. » Read more

SPSA upgrading 911 technology

In preparation for system upgrades and to ensure that the residents of Saskatchewan can continue to depend on timely and efficient emergency services, the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) is upgrading its 911 technology. » Read more

BCFTOA H.O.T. Weekend and Educational Conference

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

Aug. 19-24, 2021
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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