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Montreal mayor, fire department pay tribute to firefighter lost during rescue operation

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante and the Montreal Fire Department paid tribute to firefighter Pierre Lacroix on Monday after his body was retrieved from the St. Lawrence River, where he died performing a water rescue.

Kitchener council approves new station, firefighter hires

The fire department in Kitchener, Ont., is about to expand. During a Monday night meeting, city council approved a plan to hire 20 new firefighters over the next four years, and then open a new fire station.

Courtenay motel fire destroys supportive housing units

An early morning fire Tuesday has destroyed a portion of a motel in Courtenay, B.C., used for supportive housing. Crews were called to the Travelodge Motel shortly after 3 a.m. and found fire coming out of two upper-floor units when they arrived.

Winnipeg firefighters’ new collective agreement heading to Executive Policy Committee

Winnipeg’s Executive Policy Committee is expected to vote this week on ratifying a new contract with the city’s firefighters
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Current Issue 

Dispatches: The wheels on the bus

Burnout: we’re all familiar with the term and many of us have experienced working ourselves to the point of exhaustion. It happens when we’re trying to do it all while simultaneously ignoring the subtle signs our body is sending to indicate that we’re about to crash. Instead we push harder by working longer hours, not taking breaks, having multiple tasks on the go at the same time, and ultimately failing to accomplish much of anything, or at least not to the fullest extent we’re capable of. By Jennifer Grigg » Learn more

Between Alarms: What is your story?

We spend a large portion of our life responding, training and being a part of the fire service. Numerous memories, good and bad, are stored in our souls. The skills we master will stick with us until we die. The relationships we build will last a lifetime. Your career in active duty won’t. That, unfortunately, has a shelf life, and the time will come for us all when we hang up our bunker gear forever. By Arjuna George » 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

Extrication Tips: Instilling confidence with simplicity

I recently read that “complexity creates chaos and confusion.” While I can’t entirely remember its source, the meaning of the statement has stuck with me and drove the topic of this column, which is first on scene trauma patient assessment. I’m not talking about the acronyms we have been ingrained with from day one, but a more simplified approach to the fire service’s role in initial patient care. Our roles in multi-vehicle accidents should not start with tool selection and moving metal, but more importantly towards making quick decisions that will ultimately have the greatest outcome on our patient’s chance of survival. By Chad Roberts » Read more

The future and the fire service with Bill Boyes and Arnold Lazare, 2021 chiefs of the year

This month’s edition of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast features the winners of this year’s Fire Chief of the Year awards presented by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Fire Underwriter’s Survey. The two winners, Career Fire Chief Bill Boyes and Volunteer Fire Chief Arnold Lazare, joined host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy for a conversation about the future of fire fighting. DeSorcy captured their reactions to being the recipients of the Career and Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year awards, and Boyes and Lazare talk about the challenges of the pandemic from the perspectives of a volunteer station and an urban one. » Listen now

FSWO Virtual Training Symposium

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