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A study says 9/11 first responders survive cancers at higher rates. Why?

Because of toxins linked to Ground Zero, 9/11 first responders have higher rates of certain cancers. A study says that group is more likely to survive the cancers, perhaps because of the care they receive. NPR reports.

B.C. wildfire season eclipses 10-year average

The most unprecedented wildfire season on record in the last decade in terms of hectares burned and the number of fires is slowly making its exit. The 2021 fire season in the Southeast Fire Centre has torched previous years with an unparalleled amount of fires and hectares burned compared to the 10-year average for the region, said Kim Wright, information officer for the Southeast. The Nelson Daily reports.

Twenty years later, Canadians reflect on their efforts after the 9/11 attacks

Sifting through dozens of photos taken that month nearly two decades ago, Calgary firefighter Mark Turik shared memories from his time in New York City four months after the September 11 terrorist attack, when firefighters were still searching for the remains of fallen colleagues and civilians unable to escape the wreckage.

Regina Fire Department announces autism alert initiative

A new initiative by Regina Fire and Protective Services (RFPS) aims to notify first responders of a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when attending emergency situations. Global News reports.
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Current Issue 

Back to basics: Firefighter survival

We’re at the point in our look at firefighter survival where we’re going to focus on emergency escape techniques. These are the tactics that any firefighter can employ to rescue themselves from a dire situation. Some of these options may be unorthodox in practice, but they have proven to save the lives of several firefighters. By Mark van der Feyst » Learn more

Psychological PPE: A leadership team is like a rudder

A Leadership Team (LT) is similar to a rudder. In order to effectively steer an organization in the direction it needs to go, the LT cannot be compromised. LTs, regardless of industry, are vulnerable to external events. But by working together and maintaining priorities (staff), LTs can help build psychologically safe environments that deliver optimal services. By James Rychard » Learn more
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Tools of the Trade: A plan in motion

When we look at overall health and more specifically holistic wellness, there is a myriad of factors or modalities that need to come together for optimal success. The benefits of exercise are well documented with adherence and compliance being a significant variable across society and the fire fighting industry. An equally important element is mental health, which has gained significant momentum in the modern fire fighting world. By Sean Kingswell » Read more

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 » Read more

Fire Prevention Week – Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

Laura King, the NFPA’s public education representative for Canada, joins host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy for a conversation about this year’s Fire Prevention Week. King and DeSorcy talk about the importance of public education, NFPA’s calls-to-action and goals, as well as how the organization is working towards making Fire Prevention Week more accessible through virtual events and translations. » 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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