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January 15, 2018

Firefighters say snow can cause a fire in winter

Corner Brook, N.L., Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig Harnum says clearing snow properly and making sure appliances work safely are key this time of year.

Ontario takes steps to curb devastating barn fires

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is hoping to prevent barn fires that not only destroy farm buildings but kill livestock. Each year, there are approximately 80 barn fires causing $18.5 million damage.

Electric and hybrid vehicles pose new challenges for Saskatchewan volunteers

Electric and hybrid cars provide benefits, but also come with a learning curve for firefighters. Volunteer firefighters in Saskatchewan have introduced an electric and hybrid component to their training over the past few years, but they are having a hard time getting hands-on experience.
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Guidelines for Highway Incident Scene Safety and Traffic Control

Highway traffic accidents pose a daily hazard for first responders. Unfortunately, often responders are killed and injured assisting at accident scenes. In most of these cases, they are injured due to a second accident when other cars and large trucks crash into the accident scene. These accidents can be avoided if proper highway incident traffic control is utilized.

The materials presented in this training course are based upon proven highway traffic control that provides for a safe incident area. Participants are trained in the proper location of advanced warning signs, flagging techniques, lane closures, and safety equipment. >> Learn more
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Tom DeSorcy

Health and Wellness: Stress Strategies

Registered nurse Sara Wegwitz specializes in mental fitness, resilience training, and health and wellness programming. She writes in the Decmeber issue of Fire Fighting in Canada some simple ways firefighters can calm their minds and give their brains a break. » Read more..
Gord Schreiner

Back to Basics: Specialized training

Firefighter Mark van der Feyst shares in the December issue of Fire Fighting in Canada that while not a new concept, specialized training is still needed for firefighters on Rapid Intervention Teams. It has been around for 10 to 15 years in the U.S., but has only begun to infiltrate the Canadian fire service in the last five years. » Read more...

Montreal crews battle pair of duplex fires

Two Quebec duplexes, one in N.D.G. and the other in Rosemont, were damaged by fire overnight from Saturday to Sunday. » Learn more

Two-alarm blaze sends three people to hospital

Mississauga, Ont., firefighters are investigating what triggered a two-alarm fire at an apartment on Saturday, Jan. 12. » Learn more

Tanker crash spills 50,000 litres of jet fuel on Highway 401

All lanes on Hwy 401 have now been re-opened after a tractor trailer rolled over and spilled jet fuel early Sunday. Lanes reopened throughout the day as cleanup progressed from around noon to shortly before midnight. » Learn more

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 soaring cancer rates and other key firefighter health risks. » Read more

FDSOA Apparatus Specification and Maintenance

Jan. 20-24
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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FDSOA Annual Safety Forum

Jan 20-24
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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OAFC Labour-Relations Seminar

Jan. 22-24
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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