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Thetis Island chief receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Thetis Island, B.C., Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Jeannine Caldbeck is the first-ever female recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association. Alberni Valley News reports.

Firefighters from St. Marys, Perth East and West Perth team up to learn lifesaving skills

A group of firefighters from St. Marys, Perth East, and West Perth, Ont., spent the weekend building skills – and relationships – that will keep all their communities safer. The Town of St. Marys reports.

Fire came close to destroying landmark Northcote store

The former general store on Highway 60 at Northcote, Ont., escaped a fiery end thanks to the incredible efforts of members of the Douglas Fire Department who responded to the initial 911 dispatch call of a car engulfed in flames only to find a raging blaze that started in a barn adjacent to the once busy store. Welland Tribune reports.

Neighbourhood fires worry Edmonton residents

Residents are calling for answers after a recent string of fires northeast of downtown Edmonton. Five separate properties were set ablaze in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood, including a church, garage, dumpster and an abandoned home. CBC News reports.
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Current Issue 

Cover story: Chris Cox

Wrestler. Police Officer. Firefighter. Chris Cox has accomplished many things in his life. Now he can add something new to his resume. The 42-year-old is now a Guinness World Record holder. Cox has always enjoyed a challenge. It’s one of the things he loves about his job as a firefighter with Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services and why he volunteers with Centre Wellington Fire in Elora, Ont. But setting the world record for most Turkish get-ups in one hour is miles above the physical challenges he faces daily. And it makes his success all the sweeter. By Andrew Hind » Learn more

Fit for Duty: Getting back to the pre-pandemic you

Maintaining healthy body weight can be a very difficult thing, especially on this side of the pandemic. Now that we are on the (hopefully) other side, a lot of us are trying to get back to where we were in early 2020. Finding the motivation to recommit can be daunting if you have degrading fitness due to limited facility access. How and where to start can be the hardest part of the journey. There are a few principals that may help to get you started in choosing a balance of good food and exercise choices. By Sherry Dean » Learn more

3 tools for stress

Given the VUCA — volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous — world in which we live, stress is a predictable outcome. For firefighters whose work environment is characterized by unpredictable schedules, events, and emergencies as well as erratic sleep and eating patterns, the effects of stress are significant. Stress leaves people vulnerable to negative physical, mental, and behavioral issues. Worse, too much stress causes the immune system to shut down. By James Rychard » Read more

Tools of the Trade: Your brain and aging into retirement

Fire fighting can be a grueling yet rewarding career. Those who are lucky enough to call it their job are passionate about what they do and want to enjoy the stage that follows: retirement. Retirement can mean many different things but common wants include good health, quality of life and longevity. All three of these ideas are tied to how we take care of ourselves and come with good planning and preparation over hope. Transitioning to retirement takes foresight and the groundwork can be laid in advance in all categories of life. By Sean Kingswell » Read more

From the archives: Hoarding 101 for the fire service

Hoarding presents a unique challenge and fire risk in the community. Elaine Birchall, a hoarding behaviour and intervention specialist for over 18 years, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about best practices for how to proceed when encountering a hoarding situation on a call. Birchall covers what defines hoarding and how to recognize it, misconceptions around hoarding and how to approach the people involved in a nonjudgmental and sensitive manner. » Listen now

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