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Nov. 7, 2018

Yarmouth-area departments opt out of dispatch service

Several fire departments in southwestern Nova Scotia are opting out of a fire dispatch service run by the fire department in Yarmouth, N.S. It's not that they are unhappy with the service, it's the price that is now being requested.

Piapot First Nation declares state of emergency after blaze at water treatment plant

A fire at the water treatment plant on the Piapot First Nation in Saskatchewan has put the community in a state of emergency, according to Chief Jeremy Fourhorns.

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 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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Major fire erupts at Winnipeg processing plant

Friendly Family Farms in Winnipeg caught fire Monday afternoon, sending thick black smoke across the neighbourhood. Fire crews were called to the scene at about 1:15 p.m. to battle the blaze at the oil seed processing plant. » Learn more

Landlord, occupants facing fire code charges following deadly blaze

Oshawa Fire Services says both the landlord as well as two residents are facing charges under the province’s fire code following a deadly fire earlier this year that killed two adults and two children. » Learn more

Calgary crews douse high-rise blaze

Emergency crews were called to a fire on an upper floor at a residential building in Calgary’s downtown core Monday morning. » 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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» Listen in.