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Canadian government announces funding for IAFF wildland response training

The Canadian government will fund the IAFF Responding to the Interface (RTI) training program as part of a commitment to improve wildland firefighting response capabilities in Canada.

68 calls in 3 months: False alarms from Yellowknife apartment have to stop, city says

The City of Yellowknife says it’s had 68 calls for emergency services to a single Yellowknife apartment building in the last three months.

Firefighters battle blaze at T.D. Baker School in south Edmonton

Firefighters were still at a south Edmonton school Thursday morning following an overnight fire. Just before midnight, a fire broke out at T.D. Baker School in the area of 17 Avenue and Mill Woods Road East.

Thunder Bay fire service ‘ahead of the curve’ in meeting provincial firefighter standards

In Ontario, the chief of Thunder Bay Fire Rescue says the organization is “ahead of the curve” when it comes to meeting new, provincially-mandated minimum certification standards for firefighters. The province brought forward draft legislation in January, which introduced minimum standards for Ontario firefighters.
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Psychological PPE: The miracle

There is a story inspired by the U.S. hockey team at the 1980 winter Olympics that stands out above many others. Regardless of what nation you belong to, this story and its outcome will always be remembered as the miracle on ice. Let's start near the beginning, with Herb Brooks, sitting at home on the sofa with his father, watching his hockey team win an Olympic gold medal. The year is 1960 and after making the previous two Olympic teams, a young and deflated Brooks was the last cut for this year's team. Ever since that moment, Brooks was determined to move from player to coach, eventually coaching a U.S. hockey team. By James R. Rychard » Learn more

Recipe Rescue: Why recipes fail

Every interview or television appearance I’ve had usually starts out with the same question: “How did you ever get into cooking?” For me it’s quite simple, I was born into a large French Canadian family who lives and breaths everything food, who loves to eat and finds great joy in the kitchen together. I always thought everyone lives to eat and relishes in the cooking experience. Turns out some people just eat to survive and will only cook out of necessity. I know, unfathomable! There is a recipe out there for everyone. Name a cuisine, any ingredient, any skill level and you will be able to find endless examples and recipes in cookbooks and online. But what happens when a recipe doesn’t quite turn out? By Patrick Mathieu » Learn more
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The journey of lifelong learning

So, what does it take to succeed? How do we not only attain the career of a firefighter, but work to get better in this trade each and every day, over a career that may last 30 years? Does it take motivation? Does it take the ability to read, participate, and become a lifelong learner? Does it take the right attitude? Yes, it takes all of these traits. By Adam McFadden » Read 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 » Read more

The evolution and future of mass notification systems

Tune in to April’s podcast for a conversation on how public alerts have evolved, why radio is still a key player, what the research shows about public reaction to emergency notifications, best practices for crafting your message, why it’s important to know and address your policy hurdles and how GPS plays a role in the next generation of population targeting. Podcast host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks all this and more with Jacob Westfall, chief technology officer with Public Emergency Alerting Services Incorporated (PEASI), a mass notification software company based in Calgary who is the developer of Alertable software. » 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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