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January 29, 2019

Oshawa firefighters demand city take action on report

The Oshawa Professional Firefighters Association in Ontario is calling for action from the city after an October report commissioned by the organization claimed the city’s fire services need to improve in order to meet industry standards.

Over $100,000 of equipment stolen from Calmar fire hall

Thieves broke into the Calmar, Alta., fire hall Saturday, Jan. 26 and made away with more than $100,000 worth of equipment.

Registration for 2019 Career Expo now open

The 2019 fire, security and police career expo and job fair is being held in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, March 7 for those who are looking to get into the various industries. Pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested in a career in either the fire, police or security industries.
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The Evolving Fireground: Research-Based Tactics DVD

In this video, Deputy Chief P.J. Norwood and Lieutenant Sean Gray discuss how fire ground strategy and tactics have evolved in light of fire research conducted around the world.

They discuss the fire tetrahedron and how fuel, heat, and air all affect a fire’s growth or extinguishment. Gray and Norwood use the lessons learned from the research as well as their general knowledge of the fire ground to illustrate safer and more effective ways to operate on the fireground.

This video is an important resource for anyone wanting to put new fire dynamics research to action.

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Back to basics

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..

Leadership: Effective leadership

What does it take to be an effective leader in the fire service and government? Len Garis, fire chief for the City of Surrey, B.C., writes about research that delved into the issue of leadership traits. The research found that organizations are seeking leaders who are ethical and have the courage to do the right thing. » Read more...

Barn blaze causes $50,000 in damage

A fire at a barn near Blenheim, Ont., destroyed the structure, causing $50,000 in damages. Firefighters from Blenheim and Ridgetown were called to the scene around midnight Sunday, Jan. 27. » Learn more

Former Port Dover fire chief re-instated

Norfolk County has re-instated former Port Dover, Ont., Fire Chief Gary Spragg as a volunteer at Station 2. Spragg was let go last year and the firing was made public in a county email. » Learn more

Carleton University buildings evacuated after lab fire

Carleton University in Ottawa evacuated three buildings Saturday, Jan. 26 after a two-alarm fire broke out at a laboratory inside the building housing the chemistry department. » 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

Canadian Firefighters Curling Association Championships

March 14-23, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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Firehouse World Exposition and Conference

March 25-28, 2019
Location: L.A., Calif.
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IAFC Wildland Urban Interface Conference

March 23 to 28, 2019
Location: Reno, Nev.
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OAFC Annual Conference and Trade Show

May 3 to May 4, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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OAFC FireCon

Sept 5 to 7, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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