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Yukon-made sensors dropped from helicopter to collect wildfire information

A made in the Yukon sensor solution got its baptism by fire collecting information on a blaze south of Pelly Crossing. Yukon News reports.

More B.C. communities to benefit from emergency preparedness funding

Another 38 communities throughout B.C. have been awarded funding for flood planning through a program that has provided more than $75 million to First Nations and local governments for projects to better prepare for, mitigate and respond to emergencies. The $77-million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), administered through the Union of BC Municipalities, is a suite of programs designed to enhance the resiliency of First Nations communities, local governments and residents

Lambton College to host 20th anniversary 9/11 stair climb

Lambton College is set to host their own 20th anniversary stair climb in commemoration of 9/11. The stair climb is a joint benefit for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in the U.S. and the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF).

Wildfire smoke may lead to less rain in the western U.S.

As wildfires and heatwaves stress the western United States, concern over drought is rising: Dry landscapes burn more readily, and rain can help quell fires already raging. But wildfire smoke may keep that essential rain from falling. Science Daily reports.
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Fire Prevention Week 2021 is October 3-9

This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.

Whether you’re making one presentation or 100, there are all sorts of ways to get people in your community involved in Fire Prevention Week. Stock up on educational brochures, stickers, fire hats, coloring books and sheet pads, posters, Sparky the Fire Dog® value packs, and other materials that make great giveaways during your Fire Prevention Week.

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You cannot pour from an empty cup

Let’s pause and chat a wee bit about self-care, shall we? Think back to the last time you boarded an airplane. What was the safety presentation’s number one guidance with respect to the use of oxygen masks? Apply your mask first before assisting others. This is the meaning behind the statement, “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” Fill your “cup” with energy, physical health, positive affirmations and strong mental resilience before you set out to help others. By Julia Long » Learn more

Training Connections: Part 2

In preparing to be hired as a firefighter, many candidates spend time, money and effort on rescue training. Be it ice water, rope, or confined space rescue, these are skills that, once you’re hired, you may or may not continue training in or using on a regular basis. Some of the skills you learned in your rescue training, although valuable, may end up being put on the shelf. I am a strong believer that every training you do should build on the training and experiences that you have, and that everything you learn can be used to make you better at what you do in a more holistic way. Training in a wide variety of skills and disciplines gives us not only additional skills, but makes us think differently, making connections we otherwise wouldn’t, and can enable us to come up with creative solutions to problems that we face every day. By Steve Piluso » Learn more

Between Alarms: Getting hired and getting ahead

Are you looking at acing your next promotional exam or landing your dream job as a firefighter? If so, then this edition’s column is for you. The tips that I will share here come from personal experience and some inspiration from bestselling author Jim Kwik’s new book Limitless. Kwik is an amazing brain coach and he offers some excellent tips to enhance your ability to ace tests and get the most out of your brain. Kwik notes in his book that “humans forget approximately 50 percent of what they learn within an hour, and an average of 70 percent within 24 hours.” But with a little effort, there are ways we can improve. Joining the fire service can have a very steep learning curve. To optimize your eligibility and success you need to start learning how to learn. By Arjuna George » Read more

Firehall Forum

Check out the Firehall Forum for updates on hiring, events and to join the conversation. » Read more

Better communication with body language

Jennifer Grigg, whose career in the fire service spans 30 years and has expanded to include being a certified body language coach, joins host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy for a conversation on developing soft skills through the study of body language. » Listen now

Firehouse Expo

Sept. 14 - 18, 2021
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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EMS World Expo

Oct. 4 -8, 2021
Location: Atlanta, GA.
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FSWO Virtual Training Symposium

Oct. 31 – Nov. 19, 2021
Location: Virtual
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