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Two-hatters speak out against union charges

Mandy Gould was 21-years-old and had the job of her dreams. Now, she might lose her job for helping out on weekends. Gould and six other Caledon firefighters are bracing for a fight against their union as they prepare to defend the practice of two-hatting — volunteer fire fighting for one municipality during off time while being full time in another jurisdiction.

Editor’s blog

It’s complicated, this two-hatter issue. But, as Laura King writes, the gist of it is this: an American-based trade union is denying its members the freedom that other Canadians have to work and do what they want in their spare time.

Plan calls for overhaul of Sudbury fire department

City staff say a plan to overhaul Greater Sudbury's fire department will ensure that more Sudburians are safe and will replace outdated fire halls. But the long-awaited optimization plan will also see an increase in taxes in areas currently served by volunteer firefighters, whose numbers could be cut in half, while more full-time firefighters are hired.
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Featured News 
White Shirts

White shirts?

An emergency responder called in to assist at a major fire arrives to find a sea of dark shirts. Who is in charge? This scenario is a common occurrence across North America, where many fire and police chiefs have swapped their white shirts for dark blue or black. As Len Garis and Larry Thomas write, a new study may encourage departments to reconsider the sartorial switch.
Lessons Learned

Lessons learned from fire fatalities

Not all fire departments have communications divisions but every fire department relies on communicators. With 34 years of experience, Sue Dawson has learned numerous lessons, some of them the hard way. As Dawson writes in her inaugural column in Fire Fighting in Canada, no one wants to experience the loss of a firefighter in the line of duty. That happened at Barrie Fire and Emergency Service in 2002. The investigations, reviews and inquest affected everyone. From that experience, Dawson set out to make positive changes. » Read more...

The intricate art of community service

Vince MacKenzie is a career chief of a volunteer department, and, frankly, he writes in his Volunteer Vision column, he doesn’t know how unpaid volunteer fire chiefs do it. There is an incredible amount of time that must be put in to ensure a fire department runs and performs. Fire chiefs of volunteer fire departments, whether paid or volunteer, are some of the most industrious people MacKenzie has met. » Read more...

On scene blog

It was 10 p.m. on a cold Wednesday night and the tones went off for a vehicle fire in the southwest part of town. Just another vehicle fire, thought Chief Jamie Coutts. The incident, it turned out, was the furthest thing from a run-of-the-mill call, and a good reminder to the members of the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service to always be prepared. » Read more...

Size-up blog

The untimely passing of Malahat Chief Rob Patterson has Rob Evans thinking about mentors and builders – those whose contributions to the fire service are immeasurable. » Read more...

Toronto firefighter charged with break in at station

Crew members hurried out of their North York station one summer day in August after receiving a call about a fire at a nearby building. The firefighters quickly arrived at the site of the call, only to find out it had been a hoax. There was no fire in the building. When they returned to the station, they discovered they were missing cellphones, watches, jewelry, credit cards and iPads. The accused? One of their own. » Read more...

Firefighter hurt in explosion returns to work

Even as he lay on a hospital bed, unable to move his arms and legs, Tim Casarin knew he would one day return to the job he loved. The Mississauga, Ont., firefighter had survived a warehouse explosion that caused a cinder-block wall to collapse on top of him, shattering bones in his pelvis, legs, neck, face and skull. He had been found at the scene with no vital signs. » Read more...

Canadian Firefighters Curling Association championships

March 24-April 2
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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