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TELUS launches first phase of NG9-1-1 service in Canada

TELUS rolled out of the first phase of migration to the Next-Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) services in British Columbia and Alberta, with Canada being the first country in the world to begin the rollout of NG9-1-1 on a national level.

Ontario improving access to mental health supports for first responders

The Ontario government is investing $1 million for Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s First Responders Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Rehabilitation Treatment and Assessment Centre. The new centre could include up to two new facilities that will provide a comprehensive mental health rehabilitation program to first responders across the Greater Toronto Area affected by work-related stress or trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Samsung and Telus help to equip Canada’s first responders with new mission critical technology

Samsung Networks and Telus deployed Canada’s first next-generation Mission Critical Push-to-X (MCPTX) services. Deployed over Telus’ network, this new MCPTX solution will help to equip Canada’s first responders with the information and data they need to assess emergency situations, improve responsiveness and operational efficiency, and drive better public safety outcomes.

Los Angeles City Fire Department to take delivery of the first all-electric fire truck in North America

Rosenbauer’s first RTX fully electric fire truck for the North America market will soon be delivered to the Los Angeles City Fire Department.
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Heart health

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated cases of cardiovascular disease by disrupting much-needed care, screening and research, shows a report released in October by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (Heart & Stroke). Considering that NFPA research shows that sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of on-duty deaths among firefighters, this new research from the foundation is troubling. By Julie Fitz-Gerald » Learn more

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
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Extrication Tips: Pre-loading with Jason Defosse

What is our plan when we deal with the newer model vehicles that are quickly becoming regulars on our accident scenes? Sooner or later we have to go through the wall and not always around it. Ultra-high strength steel is becoming more prevalent all over new vehicles and we can’t simply turn a blind eye or revert to plan B. While trying many different approaches I found some success, but never consistent enough to truly make a solid conclusion on what worked best. By Chad Roberts » Read more

Psychological PPE: The Sandwich Effect

Fire organizations work hard to get the right cultural and professional fit when hiring firefighters. Unfortunately, there are times when those firefighters may turn out to be a wrong fit due to circumstances beyond an organization’s control. The problem arises when a firefighter feels like a square peg in a round hole. Since there are three types of stressors that can affect firefighters directly —organizational, operational and personal — I would like to propose a theory that may help to explain in part why firefighters may struggle mentally and emotionally. It’s called the Sandwich Effect and it looks deeper at the impact stressors from the top (organizational) and from the bottom (personal) that render firefighters even more vulnerable to the stressors of the job (operational). By James Rychard » Read more

Mandatory minimum certification for Ontario’s firefighters

On Jan. 28, the Ontario government released a draft regulation to create mandatory minimum certification standards for specific fire protection services. Rob Grimwood, president of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and deputy chief for Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, joins host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy to discuss details of the proposed new rules and what it means for Ontario’s fire service. » 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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BCFTOA Conference

May 14-19, 2022
Location: Salmon Arm, B.C.
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