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16 fire fighting students graduate from Winnipeg’s new DEI program

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) hosted a celebration today for the 16 graduates of the first year of the Diversity and Equity Fire Training (DEFT) program.

Ceremony honouring Ontario’s fallen firefighters held for first time in 2 years

In Ontario, hundreds of family, friends, and colleagues honoured 134 fallen firefighters for their bravery and sacrifice at a special ceremony just outside Queen’s Park on Sunday.

Village of Zeballos reinstates fire service after volunteers step up

Residents of Zeballos, B.C., and the neighbouring Ehattesaht First Nation can breathe a sigh of relief now that the area’s fire department has been reinstated.

N.S. fire chief raises concerns over lack of radio contact after Fiona

A volunteer fire chief in northern Cape Breton, N.S., says being unable to contact RCMP or the ambulance service after last week’s storm was scary. The trunked mobile radio system, used by first responders in Nova Scotia, is run by Bell Mobility and was out of service in parts of Victoria County, N.S., for up to seven hours the day after post-tropical storm Fiona hit.
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Virtual reality

Training within the fire service is as crucial as putting out fires – ever-changing technology makes doing the job more multi-faceted in approach than ever. Integrating up and coming tech, like virtual reality, into firefighter training can provide unique, safe and efficient learning opportunities. By Kaitlin Secord » Learn more

Back to basics: Firefighter survival: Rope bailouts

When needing to escape from the upper floors of a structure, using a rope bailout system may be an option to look at. The headfirst ladder dive was explored in our last issue as one way to do this, but if there is no ladder in place, what else can you do? Besides hanging and dropping, which can cause injury, the rope bailout is that other option. By Mark van der Feyst » Learn more
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For the Spouse or Significant Other of Canadian public safety personnel

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It provides free education and guidance on techniques for managing various mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress injuries. » Learn more or sign up today

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 Sandwich Effect 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

Extrication tips: Strut into autumn

In a rescue world surrounded by the need for us to be versatile, we can very quickly get confused as to what struts are the best for every application. To truly understand what type you may need, you have to have a basic knowledge of what struts are used for in the vehicle rescue application, and from there you can make a better decision on which is right for your team. By Chad Roberts » Read more

Succession planning for the future of your fire department

Arjuna George, retired fire chief and professional coach, talks to fire chief and host Tom DeSorcy about the importance of succession planning to the fire service, maintaining business continuity, identifying emerging leaders, how succession planning impacts recruitment and retention, defining retirement, empowering people to lead, and the future of the volunteer fire service in Canada. » Listen now

FSWO 2022 Training Symposium

Oct. 20-23, 2022
Location: Belleville, Ont.
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IAFC VCOS Symposium in the Sun

Nov. 10-13, 2022
Location: Clearwater Beach, Fla.
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