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CAFC census finds fire and emergency services face a precarious future

A new survey released by the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) details the realities Canada’s 3,200 fire departments are facing.

New overdose outreach teams in Saskatoon and Regina

A new pilot program is creating teams of counsellors and paramedics to reach out to people suffering from addictions in Saskatchewan’s two largest cities and offer them support.

Kativik Regional Government sets goal to improve firefighter training, fire halls across Nunavik

Quebec’s Kativik regional government has a goal of making sure every Nunavik community has a certified firefighter instructor and new and improved fire halls.

Council pledges significant investment toward Nanaimo Fire Rescue

Additional resources for B.C.’s increasingly strained Nanaimo Fire Rescue (NFR) appear likely following a commitment from city councillors. Unanimous preliminary approval during a finance and audit committee meeting last week would see 40 new firefighters hired, including 20 next year.
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Current Issue 

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? In Canada, this tactical option is not a popular one, with many departments shying away from this tactic and adopting the hose line bailout instead. By Mark van der Feyst. » Read more

New diversity training program reduces barriers for aspiring firefighters

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service launched its Diversity and Equity Fire Training program in 2021 to reduce barriers facing prospective firefighters. Currently, the closest place to complete Firefighter I and II training is at Brandon’s Manitoba Emergency Service College (MESC). It takes nine months, is full-time and in person, and costs about $30,000 for tuition and room and board. With the launch of this new program, WFPS Chief Schmidt hopes to reduce systemic barriers for prospective firefighters and see more diverse candidates apply for firefighting jobs. By Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. » Read more

From Hire to Retire: 6 leadership traits of a training officer

The role of the training officer is one of the most critical and influential roles within the fire service. Training is what bonds our fire departments; it is what draws in new talent and keeps veterans excited and engaged. The role is so essential that morale and the organization can crumble without a good training officer. By Arjuna George. » Read more

Heart health

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated cases of cardiovascular disease by disrupting much-needed care, screening and research, shows a report released in October by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (Heart & Stroke). Considering that NFPA research shows that sudden cardiac death is the leading cause of on-duty deaths among firefighters, this new research from the foundation is troubling. By Julie Fitz-Gerald. » Read more

B.C.’s Playbook and the evolution of training standards

In the latest edition of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast, Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy sat down with Craig Richardson, a training specialist and fire services advisor with the Office of the Fire Commissioner in B.C., to talk about training standards. The two discussed the 2014 training Playbook and how it helped to revolutionize training standards in B.C. Tune in to hear where training is headed now with the OFC’s training standard, what’s changing and how departments are reacting. » 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.
For more information, reach out to:
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FFIC Virtual Summit

Feb. 23, 2023
Location: Virtual
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