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New board formed to harmonize construction codes across Canada

The newly formed Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) replaces the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) and has assumed responsibility for the development of Canada’s National Model Codes.

Vancouver fire chief wants council to allocate $6.9 million to hire 55 firefighters

Vancouver Fire Chief Karen Fry says she will ask the city council to allocate $6.9 million in next year’s budget to hire 55 firefighters to ease the burden on crews who continue to deal with a record number of fires and have to react to overdoses.

Adaptation strategy commits funds to fight heat, fires, floods

A national climate adaptation strategy released Thursday includes $1.6 billion in new spending to help communities faced with risks ranging from deadly heat waves and wildfires to floods and storms.

Ontario opioid death rate drops in 2022, coroner’s data shows

New data shows the rate of opioid deaths in Ontario has dropped by 13 per cent in the first two quarters of this year compared to the year before.
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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. » Read more

From Hire to Retire: A coach approach for firefighters

Coaching is a big part of developing our firefighters. We coach them from day one on our culture, our norms and our operations. Coaching is a skill not all have, thus creating a coaching culture within the fire department may help reshape the development and culture for the better. By Arjuna George. » Read more

Psychological PPE: The Sandwich Effect

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

A holistic approach

When I began my career in emergency services, I had a narrow view of what it meant to serve the public and provide aid to those in need. My perception of service was limited to a quick response and decisive action. Over the years I have come to realize that our response to incidents is just one part of a bigger picture. By Ryan Youngson. » Read more

What can coaching do for you?

What is coaching and how can it help you as a leader? What is the difference between a coach and a mentor? Shelley Langille, founder and president of SeeShell Consulting, talks to Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy about how career and executive coaching can help you align your mind with your goals, become a better listener, and increase your personal performance and self-awareness on the path to ultimately becoming a better leader and coach to others. » Listen now

Canadian BCP and Emergency Management 2023

Jan. 24-25, 2023
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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Lambton College Fire Trade Show

Jan. 28, 2023
Location: Sarnia, Ont.
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FFIC Virtual Summit

Feb. 23, 2023
Location: Virtual
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