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Nov. 27, 2018

Entire Ontario volunteer fire department submits resignations

All members of the volunteer fire department in Gogama, Ont., have submitted their resignations. Eleven firefighters, including Chief Mike Benson, say they're quitting the first week of December.

Firefighters' association raises concerns over dispatch plan

The Yarmouth Firefighters Association in Nova Scotia has burning questions about the future of dispatch services in the region. The association says it wants and needs more information on what the level of dispatch service will be in the future now that the Town of Yarmouth has decided to go ahead with the layoffs of the four dispatchers who provide local service in the tri-counties.

New podcast Dec. 3: Studying the Statistics–a look at the top health concerns facing firefighters

A Canadian study is calling for the creation of a national firefighter wellness surveillance system to help address cancer rates and other firefighter health risks. Fire Fighting in Canada editor Grant Cameron spoke with several authors of the study, including Len Garis, fire chief for the City of Surrey, B.C. and an adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice & Associate to the Centre for Social Research at the University of the Fraser Valley in our latest podcast sponsored by Dräger. Tune in to our previous episodes in the meantime!
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StopBad: Firefighters need to be constantly training

Comox, B.C., Fire Chief Gord Schreiner says in the December issue of Fire Fighting in Canada it is training that makes you a firefighter and that without training, a firefighter is just another civilian dressed up to look like one. This includes physical training, constantly reading fire service publications and constantly taking on new training. He also says that it is important to note that it’s too late to train tomorrow for the incident you are responding to today. » Read more..
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Volunteer Vision: Uniform is essential to department well-being

Hope, B.C., Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks about how the firefighter uniform is essential to a department’s well-being. In the December issue of Fire Fighting in Canada magazine, he shares his thoughts on how uniforms, being recognized in the community, responsibility and more make an impact » Read more...

Fire crews extinguish blaze at Victoria apartment building

Firefighters were called to an apartment building on Fisgard Avenue in Victoria, B.C., for a report of a fire last Thursday afternoon. » Learn more

Bonnechere Valley firefighters battle pair of blazes

Eganville, Ont., was the scene of two fires last Wednesday, and while damage was extensive, no one was reported injured. » Learn more

Montreal duplex blaze claims man's life

Montreal’s arson squad is investigating a fire that killed a 66-year-old man in Côte-des-Neiges Sunday 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.” » Read more

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OAFC Labour-Relations Seminar

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