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Flooding triggers states of emergency across Quebec, no sign of missing firefighters

Search and rescue teams spent Tuesday scouring muddy riverbanks and flying through cloudy skies northeast of Quebec City for signs of two missing firefighters who were swept away in floodwaters during a rescue mission.

Canada's longest serving firefighter dies after more than 70 years on the job

Members of the Lamont Fire Department are remembering Bob Mitchell, the longest serving firefighter in Canada, who died last week. Mitchell began working as a volunteer firefighter when he was 18 and was with the Lamont fire service for 71 years.

SPSA invests in water bomber to help fight wildfires

A new water-scooping air tanker has arrived in Saskatchewan, just in time for wildfire season. The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) has invested in a CL-215T air tanker to provide a stronger wildfire response in the province. The CL-215T will replace the obsolete CL-215 in the SPSA’s aerial wildfire suppression fleet.

New $2.2M interchangeable tower preps Coquitlam firefighters for any emergency

It’s been a year since Coquitlam Fire/Rescue completed its new training tower at Town Centre Fire Station — across from Lafarge Lake. But the structure, at (1300 Pinetree Way), and built with 12 shipping containers, complete with interchangeable props for various rescue scenarios, has proven to be one of the most effective practice facilities in the Tri-Cities.

Sponsored Spotlight 

Aspen Fuels: Better for Man, Machine & Environment. Why Fire Departments Trust it:

With Aspen, Ness Lake Fire doesn’t need to service equipment sitting all winter; a huge savings. Engines start on the first pull every time.  It has no odor so can be safely stored in the truck. Impressive.  I strongly recommend Aspen. 
Chief Percy Dergez 

Van Anda Fire switched to prevent destabilized fuel from fouling our equipment. We don’t have to drain and dispose of out-of-date fuel twice a year.
Chief Mike Craggs 

Vanderhoof Fire now has no problems with engines not starting, no fouled carbs or sparkplugs.  I promote Aspen to other departments.
Chief Ian Leslie

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Preserving life on the fireground: The main goal for every call

Advancing a hose line to an interior position supports all fire ground objectives, leading to the achievement of our overarching goals. The nozzle is the tip of that spear when moving beyond the front door, supported by a team moving as a singular entity and addressing the emerging challenges affecting the completion of the assigned objective. By Jared Newcombe. » Read More...

Front Seat: Rekindling passion for the fire service

I am the kind of person who always tries to have an all-in, 100 per cent positive attitude with most of the daily activities I do, but it’s especially important when I walk into the fire station. I work with a great team of both firefighters and chiefs; upon arrival, we like to catch up if we haven’t seen everyone for a while and share a laugh or two. We will continue chatting while we are getting some of the station duties out of the way, like washing the rigs and floors and changing equipment around. By Jason Clark. » Read More...
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An homage to Bobby Halton, Editor in Memoriam of Fire Engineering Magazine.

Over his 18 years as Editor-in-Chief, Halton contributed a number of pieces on critical topics to the fire service in his monthly "Editor’s Opinion” column – all of which are now gathered in this book.

In the pages of Editor’s Opinion, take a look at Halton’s unique perspective on everything from social media, to the importance of spending time together as a company, and the importance of educating not only the men and women in the fire service, but also our communities and the next generation of firefighters.

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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 now...

Testing new technologies

Drones with infrared and thermal sensors, night-vision goggles that enable helicopter pilots to fly at night, and virtual-reality training for firefighters are some of the new approaches to wildland firefighting. New types of suppressant foams, different types of water delivery systems, and altering land management practices around timber harvesting or the land base itself are also under the microscope. By Grant Cameron. » Read More...


Today’s recruits, connecting with the frontline, and learning from each other

Toronto’s Fire Chief Matthew Pegg joins Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast to talk about the department’s latest recruitment; the qualifications, courage and motivation of today’s candidates; the importance of connecting with and supporting your members, and why large fire services can and do learn from small departments. » Listen now


OAFC 2023 Conference and Trade Show

May 4-6, 2023
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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Wildfire resiliency and training summit

May 10-14, 2023
Location: Vancouver, B.C.
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AFCA Conference and Trade Show

May 28-31, 2023
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
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