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Nov. 6, 2018

Historic Ontario wildland fire season officially ends

October 31st marks the end of 2018’s wildland fire season. With more than 1,000 wildland fires in central and northern Ontario, 2018 was one of the busiest fire seasons in the province's history. The government has so far provided an additional $100 million in funding to successfully combat these blazes and keep Ontarians safe.

10 Saskatchewan fire departments receive grain rescue equipment

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), in partnership with G3 Canada Limited, announced 10 Saskatchewan fire departments will receive vital grain-rescue equipment.

Free online PTSD course for firefighters

Studies have found that 17 to 22 per cent of first responders are struggling with PTSD. With these facts in mind, TargetSolutions, has made an online training course available at no cost to the fire service. The two-hour overview, called NFPA 1500: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Fire Industry, uses in-depth lessons, real-life scenarios and engaging interactions to immerse learners and improve content retention.
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Health and Wellness: Road to recovery

Acting Captain Chris Howe suffered from mental health issues and became an alcoholic and drug addict and was suicidal before reaching out for help. Howe shared a personal, no-holds-barred account of his and his journey to recovery at Fire Rescue Canada 2018. He hopes that his experience and story of recovery will help others in a similar predicament and raise awareness in the fire service community about the true nature of the diseases. » Read more..

Association News: CAFC conference

The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) held its Fire Rescue Canada 2018 conference this past September with a series of speakers, sessions and lightning talks to educate fire service leaders. The association is looking to expand and bring more members into the fold. » Read more...
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Saskatoon crews battle restaurant blaze

Improper storage of boxes and paper was the cause of a fire at a restaurant in Sutherland, Sask., The Saskatoon Fire Department was alerted smoke was coming from Donair & Pizza Palace at roughly 11:20 p.m. Tuesday. Global News reports. » Learn more

Portable heater sparks house fire

An investigator with the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal believes a portable heater caused a house fire Tuesday morning which left a 17-year-old with serious, and three others with lesser injuries. » Learn more

Officials investigating three suspicious fires in Victoria

Fire inspectors and Victoria, B.C., police are investigating three suspicious fires within a two-block radius on Halloween night. There were no injuries, but the estimated damage to property is more than $100,000. » Learn more

Tune in to latest podcast: Stopping the stigma

It’s time to listen in on the latest Fire Fighting in Canada podcast featuring Steve Farina, a captain in the fire suppression division at Coquitlam Fire Rescue. He and editor Grant Cameron discuss the B.C. First Responders Mental Health committee as it takes aim at the issues of mental health in the industry and the committee’s campaign called “Share It. Don’t Wear it.”

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