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March 26, 2019

Saskatchewan introduces volunteer firefighter tax credit

The 2019 to 2020 Saskatchewan budget contains new, non-refundable tax credits for volunteer firefighters and medical fire responders. Volunteers with at least 200 hours of service in a year will be able to claim a $3,000 tax credit, starting in the 2020 tax year.

Robots working with humans

Swarms of robots could help us perform tasks in the future from search and rescue, fire fighting operations to farming, researchers say.

New Podcast: The New Norm

Firefighters should brace for more forest and wildland blazes across Canada in future years – because it will be the new norm as climate change takes hold. Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta, spoke with Fire Fighting in Canada editor Grant Cameron about the issue in a podcast that will be launched April 1. Check out some previously recorded episodes here if you missed any!
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Firefighter Photographer

Mykhail Baehr, who serves on the Toronto Fire Services team, has managed to combine his firefighting career with his passion of photography. He visits fire halls and departments on his own time, shooting individual portraits of crew members and group shots. » Read more..
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Truck Tech: EVTs are the unsung heroes

Chris Dennis is the chief mechanical officer for Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service in Ontario. In the March issue of Fire Fighting in Canada Chris shares some information on the Emergency Vehicle Technician, or EVT program. EVTs consist of fire trucks, apparatus equipment, fire department automotive vehicles, ambulances, police cars and airport emergency apparatus and equipment. » Read more...
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Fire departments across North America are using technology to get fire prevention inspections done faster than ever. With CityReporter software, you can load fire inspection checklists on to your tablet/smart phone and simply tap your touch screen to tick boxes and add comments. One click will automatically convert your findings into a professional report that can be emailed to the property owner or printed on the spot. >> Learn how to do fast, paperless inspections!

Pictou crews bring printing plant fire under control

A fire at the Advocate Printing plant located on the outskirts of Pictou, N.S., on Mar. 24 was brought under control. » Learn more

Fire marshal's office investigating blaze at agricultural building

The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal is investigating a large agricultural building fire in Leamington, Ont., on Mar. 23. The initial damage is estimated at $7 million. » Learn more

Windsor restaurant fire was intentionally set: officials

A restaurant fire Mar. 23 on Glengarry Avenue in Windsor, Ont., was intentionally set, fire officials say. Crews responded to a building in the 600-block of the street that serves both as a commercial building and residential building. » 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

OAFC Annual Northeastern Fire Education Conference

March 29-30, 2019
Location: Deerhurst, Ont.
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Fire Department Instructors Conference

April 8 to 13, 2019
Location: Indianapolis, Ind.
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Fire Services Association of Nova Scotia Conference

April 12 to 19, 2019
Location: Truro, N.S.
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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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