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FireFit Championship challenges firefighters at the Can-Am Games

In Windsor, Ont., last weekend, the Cam-Am Police Fire Games took place, with one of its landmark events happening on Saturday morning. The FireFit Championship competition is based on fire fighting tasks commonly performed in emergency situations, including stair climb, hose hoist, forcible entry and victim rescue simulations.

Research team collecting first field data on ‘zombie fires’ in N.W.T.

Jennifer Baltzer, an associate professor of biology at Wilfrid Laurier University and Canada Research Chair in forests and global change, has been studying the effects of the 2014 wildfires on the environment. She is leading a team of researchers who are collecting the first field data on zombie fires.

Community rallies around family of St. Thomas firefighter following fatal motorcycle crash

In Ontario, the communities closest to Nicholas Cheeseman have come together to help support his family following a motorcycle crash that took the life of the 34-year-old St. Thomas firefighter this week.

‘Stretched too thin’: Kelowna firefighters union says crews fighting fires with unsafe staffing

In B.C., the Kelowna Professional Firefighters Association (KPFA), says they’re forced to fight fires with unsafe staffing levels as per the National Fire Protection Association standards.
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Extrication Tips: Work smarter not harder during hood access

I know we’ve all heard it before — work smarter not harder — and it seems like it can be applied to almost any task or discipline in our industry. And while it may seem simple, we still find ourselves taking the hard road. By Chad Roberts » Learn more

Q&A with Chief Training Officer Bryan Edge

Bryan Edge is the chief training officer with Six Nations Fire and Emergency Services in Ontario. Read the interview below for a conversation on virtual classrooms, live fire training and staying motivated. By Laura Aiken » Learn more

Tools of the Trade: A plan in motion

When we look at overall health and more specifically holistic wellness, there is a myriad of factors or modalities that need to come together for optimal success. The benefits of exercise are well documented with adherence and compliance being a significant variable across society and the fire fighting industry. An equally important element is mental health, which has gained significant momentum in the modern fire fighting world. By Sean Kingswell » Read more

Front Seat: Inside the beach rescue

When you think of the branches within fire departments, you usually think of your suppression division, public education and inspections, training division and, if the organization is large enough to support one, apparatus maintenance. You don’t often find a beach rescue division within the fire service, but for several weekends this summer, I found myself working alongside the men and women of our beach rescue team who fall within our fire service organizational structure. By Jason Clark » Read more

Full-scale mass timber burns

In this episode of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast, Steven Craft, principal at CMH Fire Consultants, joins host Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy to discuss the series of five separate fire research burns on a full-scale mass timber structure in Ottawa. Craft touches on the importance of these research burns, how the tests are being conducted and what they mean for the fire service. » Listen now

FireCon 2022

Sept. 8-10
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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Fire-Rescue Canada 2022

Sept. 11-14
Location: Ottawa
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FSWO 2022 Training Symposium

Oct. 20-23, 2022
Location: Belleville, Ont.
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