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Ontario on track to surpass last year’s fire deaths, fire marshal warns

Ontario’s Fire Marshal says the province is currently on track to surpass the number of fire deaths recorded last year.

Wildfire season extends into fall as crews battle two fires in B.C.’s Southern Interior

Hot and tinder-dry conditions have pushed wildfire season into fall with fire crews battling two new wildfires in B.C.’s Southern Interior.

Winnipeg crews fight five fires in 14 hours

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) has had a very busy 24 hours, fighting five residential fires overnight Sunday and into Monday morning.

Improper training, inadequate boat led to drowning death of Montreal firefighter during rescue: report

Quebec’s workplace health and safety board says a fire department boat that capsized during a rescue effort last year in rapids off Montreal, killing one firefighter, was not designed to be in that part of the St. Lawrence River.
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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? By Mark van der Feyst » Learn more

Front Seat: Moving up the ranks

As your department gets older, it is inevitable that the ranks change and eventually you see someone promoting into a new captain role. I always love watching new captains work and watching their style both in the station, at training courses and on the fire ground. By Jason Clark » Learn more
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Structural Firefighting: Strategy and Tactics, 4th Edition

The goal of this text is to explain how to apply proven tactics and strategies used at structure fires. It is designed to be used by all fire officers, from company officer to the chief of the department.

This text allows a company officer or incident commander to learn fireground procedures at an accelerated pace, thus reducing the cost in lives and property associated with learning by experience only. The Fourth Edition also includes significantly expanded, in-depth suggested activities that challenge the reader to apply the strategies and tactics presented in each chapter and Incident Summaries that recap real fireground events and the lessons learned.

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NFPA Impact: Celebrating 100 years of Fire Prevention Week

In May 1919, at NFPA’s 23rd annual meeting in Ottawa, at the invitation of the Dominion Fire Prevention Association, resolutions were passed urging governments in the United States and Canada to support a campaign for a common Fire Prevention Day. Fire Prevention Day expanded to Fire Prevention Week in 1922, and the non-profit NFPA, which has officially sponsored Fire Prevention Week since its inception, selects the annual theme. By Laura King » Read more

What is killing firefighters?

Dr. Robert Krause shared the findings of his study into 176 LODD firefighter fatalities. The top two reasons, accounting for 75 per cent of the loss of life, were sub-optimal personnel readiness and inadequate preparation for/anticipation of adverse events on the fire ground. His bottom line: “Training is the way out of this.” By Laura Aiken » 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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OAFC Annual General Meeting

Nov. 23-25
Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
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