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B.C. sees highest-ever number of overdoses in first 9 months of 2021

In the first nine months of 2021, more than 1,500 people have died of illicit drug overdose in British Columbia.

Markham Fire and Humber College team up to promote diversity

Markham Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) and Humber College have entered into a unique agreement aimed at enhancing inclusion while reducing participation barriers for Black, Indigenous, and racialized Markham, Ont., students who wish to build a career in firefighting.

Thompson names first female deputy chief

In a first for the northern Manitoba city of Thompson, a woman will be second-in-command of the fire department. Ashling Sweeny, who started as a volunteer firefighter in her home community of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, has taken on the title of deputy fire chief for the city of 13,000 located about 650 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

Fire tears through Quesnel, B.C., log yard

A major fire broke out at a lumber operation in British Columbia’s Interior on Tuesday. Flames broke out at the log yard at West Fraser’s WestPine MDF plant near Quesnel, B.C., at 2 p.m.
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Training Connections: Part 3

Within different disciplines, first responders are taught different priorities. Real life situations are complex and we need to work on how we blend our training and knowledge to provide the best care and response possible. By Steve Piluso » Learn more

Three elements of building elite skills

In the early 1990s, research by psychologist K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues at Berlin’s elite Academy of Music sought to learn more about talent and what constituted it. They believed talent came from more than the nature and genetics of successful people. To qualify his initial belief, he created an experiment with violinists and studied them for years. By James Rychard » Learn 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

Fatal high-rise fire brings lessons learned back to Ontario

Being a security guard is often a thankless job. They are always right there to help and it is commonly understood that they are a professional and trustworthy individual who is in charge of all your building life safety systems on their watch. In fact, they are called upon to implement emergency procedures to bridge the gap between the arrival of police, fire and EMS for the first 10 minutes in every emergency at their building. It is these individuals that have clear, detailed roles and responsibilities during all types of incidents. By Jason Reid » Read more

In conversation with Fire Chief Ken Stuebing, the new IAFC president

Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy hosts Fire Chief Ken Stuebing, the new IAFC president and executive director and fire chief for Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency. Stuebing, who helms a metro composite department, the backstory of his IAFC appointment, the important role of Canada in the IAFC, and staffing, succession planning and other challenges shared by colleagues around the world as we move through the pandemic. » Listen now

FSWO Virtual Training Symposium

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