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1. Mississauga firefighters test Spartan hydrant

Firefighters in Mississauga, Ont., are the first in Canada to train using a new fire hydrant designed to increase firefighter safety and efficiency. The Spartan hydrant was unveiled Aug. 17 at the Garry W. Morden Centre, home to the training and mechanical divisions of Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services. According to inventor George Sigelakis, the hydrant fixes common issues that create difficulties for departments, such as freezing and unreliable pressure.

2. Former Sault Ste. Marie chief charged with fraud

On Aug. 1 Ontario Provincial Police charged Mike Figliola, Sault Ste. Marie’s former fire chief, with fraud, uttering a forged document, and breach of trust. Just one day earlier, city council named Peter Johnson as Sault Ste. Marie’s new chief. Figliola is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 18

3. OPP lay additional charges against former Kingsville chief

Provincial police laid two more sexual assault charges against former Kingsville fire chief Bob Kissner on June 26. Kissner now faces 17 charges including 11 counts of sexual assault, five counts of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual interference in relation to multiple victims.

4. Jim Kay hired as deputy chief in Toronto

Toronto Fire Services has hired former Ontario Deputy Fire Marshal Jim Kay as its new deputy chief of training and technical operations. Kay began his career in the fire services as an operations firefighter in Burlington, Ont., later filling various roles from chief training officer to deputy fire chief. In 2000, he joined the Hamilton Fire Department as a deputy chief and was promoted to chief in 2004. Kay begins his new role with Toronto Fire Services on Sept. 11.
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5. Recruitment and retention

The Clare Firefighters Association in Nova Scotia has developed a streamlined training program that allows volunteers to train within their comfort levels. Fire Fighting in Canada writer Robert Krause explains how the program is boosting training and morale. » Read more..
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6. Trainer’s Corner: How to train rookie firefighters

Fire Fighting in Canada columnist Ed Brouwer says new firefighters should be allowed to learn on the fire ground, in addition to traditional classroom sessions. » Read more...

7. MSA acquires Globe

Fire-service equipment provider MSA announced on June 28 it is buying gear maker Globe in a $215-million, all-cash deal. The acquisition expands MSA's line of fire fighting equipment; the companies said in a press release that there is no product overlap. The acquisition deal closed in early August. » Read more...

8. How to train for higher achievements

For a training program to be effective, it must instil a strong sense of confidence in firefighters. In the May issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, cowboy columnist Ed Brouwer explores how purpose-driven training leads to greater success. » Read more...

9. Particulate protection: New gear reduces health risks

Prevention is one of the most important aspects of the fire service, yet when it comes to cancer prevention, PPE lagged behind. Fire Fighting in Canada editor Laura King takes a look at new particulate-protecting hoods that shield firefighters from up to 99 per cent of toxic, skin-penetrating substances. » Read more...

10. Assistant chief harassed over campfire ban

Pitt Meadows Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Brad Perrie was harassed on the job during a call in late June. Chief Don Jolley says Perrie answered a call on June 29 at the Pitt River dike, about people having a campfire, which is not permitted any time of the year. Jolley says the campers became verbally abusive, pushed Perrie and spat at him, after they were asked to put out the fire. » Read more...


September 7-10, 2017
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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September 17-20, 2017
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EMS World Expo

October 16-20, 2017
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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