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Study suggests climate change made B.C. floods at least twice as likely

Catastrophic floods that swamped much of southern British Columbia last fall were at least twice as likely because of climate change, suggests new research from Environment Canada.

Fire rips through Kelowna business complex, prompts air quality advisory

In B.C., Kelowna’s Blue Heights commercial complex on Highway 97 sustained a significant amount of fire damage on Tuesday.

Three people dead in Pimicikamak Cree Nation house fire

A northern community, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, Man., is reeling after a house fire resulted in the death of three people. Cross Lake RCMP said in the early morning of February 12, officers responded to a house fire on Pimicikamak Cree Nation.

Winnipeg crews battle fire at vacant building

In Winnipeg, emergency crews have closed a section of Sherbrook Street Tuesday morning due to a fire at a multi-storey building that has also cut power to about 200 nearby residents, a Winnipeg fire chief says.
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Fit for Duty: Leadership and fitness

As a recently promoted chief officer, it was interesting to hear someone be surprised that I would continue to work out each day. It’s not an anomaly, there are a number of chief officers in my department who work out regularly, but it does pose an interesting question. Should your department’s chiefs continue to work out and promote fitness? I’m biased. Of course, they should. Health and fitness should be a part of everyone’s regular practice. By Sherry Dean » Learn more

Recipe Rescue: Cooking a firehouse classic

Despite all the changes one thing that can still be counted on as a firehouse tradition is the classic celebratory meal. Yes, it is a firehouse tradition from the day you start; when you pass your first year probation and every increment after that, when you celebrate a birthday or work anniversary, receive a promotion, or when you just want to treat your crew; you cook them (and pay!) for a really nice meal. By Patrick Mathieu » Learn more
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The 2022 edition includes several clarified provisions and the sections related to fire extinguisher selection have been reorganized. These sections provide clarification on what type of fire extinguisher to use for a specific hazard and include explanations and examples in the annex materials.

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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

A holistic approach

When I began my career in emergency services, I had a narrow view of what it meant to serve the public and provide aid to those in need. My perception of service was limited to a quick response and decisive action. Over the years I have come to realize that our response to incidents is just one part of a bigger picture. Through this article, in which I’ve included references for statistics at the end, I hope to show how fire and medical response agencies can provide better service to the public if they adopt a holistic approach to emergency service delivery. By Ryan Youngson » Read more

The latest research on firefighter mental health

In this episode of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast, host and Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks to Joy MacDermid, Firewell’s scientific director and co-author of “Canadian career firefighters’ mental health impacts and priorities.” This study interviewed 39 career firefighters on how they viewed their mental health needs, experiences and resources. » Listen now

OAFC 2022 Conference and Trade Show

May 5-7, 2022
Location: The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
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Security • Police • Fire Career Expo

May 10, 2022
Location: Universal EventSpace, Vaughan, ON
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