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March 19, 2019

Algoma District departments receive equipment grant

Algoma District volunteer fire and rescue teams in Ontario will be replacing some old equipment soon, thanks to funding received through Jenny's Heroes Canada Ontario Fire Services Equiment Grants.

Firefighters’ union raises concerns over strategic planning process

An executive with the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association has blasted the City of Thunder Bay for its strategic planning process, which he called flawed, biased and rushed.

Volunteer departments can apply for free turnout gear

The 2019 application period for MSA’s annual Globe Gear Giveaway is now open. Thirteen fire departments will each receive four sets of new state-of-the-art turnout gear, for a total of 52 sets. The program is a partnership of Globe by MSA, DuPont Protection Solutions and the National Volunteer Fire Council.
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Current Issue  

Leadership: Switching Sides

When Peter Simpson was CEO of the country’s two largest homebuilding industry associations he was against requiring sprinklers in new homes. Now that he’s a firefighter, he’s changed his point of view. » Read more..
Fire Chief Chris Harrow

Leadership Forum: Avoiding the pitfalls of an online presence

Social media for fire chiefs can be a very valuable leadership tool if used properly. Used improperly, it can sink your career in a hurry. Fire Chief Chris Harrow shares his advice on how to be a leader online as well as in the hall. » Read more...
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FLIR Compact TIC

Compact TIC with MSX®

FLIR is on a mission to make high quality thermal imaging cameras standard issue equipment for every member of a fire crew. The FLIR K2 makes that possible by providing capability, ruggedness, and reliability at an affordable price. With features such as Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX®), easy-to-use buttons, and operability in temperatures up to 500°C, the K2 is a small investment that pays big dividends–saving lives, protecting property, and improving firefighter safety. >> Learn more

Three-alarm fire guts historic Montreal church

A three-alarm fire gutted the interior of a historic church in Montreal's Ville-Marie borough on Mar. 16. » Learn more

Fire destroys West Pubnico wind turbine

A fire in West Pubnico, N.S., destroyed a wind turbine on Mar. 15. The fire caused large chunks of burning nacelle components and melting fibreglass blades to fall from 80 metres above the ground. » Learn more

Early morning fire displaces four Chilliwack families

Four families are out of their homes this week after an early morning fire in Chilliwack, B.C., on Mar. 15 in a townhouse complex. » Learn more

FFIC The Podcast: A Story of Resilience

At the age of 14, Tyler Pelke, deputy fire chief at the City of Red Deer Emergency Services in Alberta, was brutally assaulted. Tyler survived the violent attack and now speaks across North America about the power of forgiveness. In our latest podcast Tyler talks to Fire Fighting in Canada about the experience and how he refused to let the events of his past define him. Podcast sponsored by Dräger. » Listen here

Canadian Firefighters Curling Association Championships

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

March 25 to 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 4, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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OAFC FireCon

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