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Dec. 15, 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, said they're quitting effective Dec. 1.

Ontario government repeals firefighter certification regulations

Volunteer firefighters in northwestern Ontario are reacting with a mixture of disappointment and relief to news that the provincial government is revoking new training requirements. The new rules, which were brought in by the previous government in May, mandated standardized training for volunteer firefighters across the province.

Free online PTSD course for firefighters

Studies have found that 17 to 22 per cent of first responders are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With these facts in mind, TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand, has made an online training course available at no cost to the fire service.

Surveillance video catches two employees having sex in fire chief’s office

Two employees of the fire department in Vernon, B.C., are battling to keep their jobs after a videotape showed them having sexual relations in the interim fire chief's office.

New hydrant opens quick and easier

International Safety in Newmarket, Ont., is introducing the Spartan Fire Hydrant manufactured by Sigelock. The company says it revolutionizes municipal firefighting with the first major overhaul to hydrant design in a century, and will reduce municipal budgets and increase operational readiness at the same time.
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OAFC supports labour relations reform

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) is applauding the provincial government for introducing legislation that will allow full-time firefighters to volunteer as firefighters in their communities. The legislation was introduced in the Legislature earlier in early November. » Read more...

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. » Read more...

Six Nations fire station closed indefinitely after break-in

A Six Nations fire station is closed indefinitely after a break-in at the site. The Six Nations department said thieves cut through a security fence, broke through a double cinderblock concrete wall and bypassed the security system » Read more...

New stamp pays tribute to firefighters

Canada Post has unveiled a new stamp that honours the country's firefighters for saving lives and protecting property and the environment with their skills and courage. The stamp is the fourth of five unveiled to reflect Canada’s gratitude for all emergency responders. » Read more...

Podcast: Road to Recovery

Firefighters don’t like to show their weaknesses or vulnerabilities. They often keep their problems to themselves instead of reaching out for help. That’s what happened to Chris Howe, an acting captain with the Niagara Falls Fire Department. He suffered from mental health issues and became an alcoholic and drug addict and was suicidal. One day, though, he reached out and found help. » Read more...

FDSOA Annual Safety Forum

Jan. 20-24, 2018
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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Canadian Firefighters Curling Association Championships

March 14-23, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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