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April 16, 2019

Timmins names new fire chief

The mayor of Timmins, Ont., says the city's new fire chief is bringing three things to the job: leadership, leadership, leadership. Council appointed Tom Laughren as the new Timmins Fire Department chief. He has also been appointed as the Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator for the City of Timmins.

Oakville Fire Auto Extrication Team selected to compete in France

The Oakville Fire Department Auto Extrication team has been selected by the Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee to represent Canada and the U.S. at the World Rescue Organization Challenge in La Rochelle, France this September.

Wildfire Week Wrap up!

From April 8-12, 2019, Fire Fighting in Canada published specialized wildfire content to address innovative suppression strategies, training, and more. Take a look at the landing page and Facebook page to catch up on some of the posts you may have missed throughout the week.
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Firefighters in training

Back to Basics: PPE should always be combat ready

Last month we looked at the factor of not inspecting our PPE and its consequences. This absence leads into the complacency that prevails in the fire station and on the fire ground. In the March issue of Fire Fighting in Canada, firefighter Mark van der Feyst continues to look at PPE and complacency in having our PPE being readied to go, or, in other words, combat ready. » Read more..
Secondary trauma symptoms

Trainer's Corner: March 2019

Chief instructor and deputy chief training officer Ed Brouwer has written the Trainer’s Corner Column for Fire Fighting in Canada since 2001 and has covered a wide variety of training topics. In our March issue, Brouwer writes about secondary trauma and how the symptoms are similar to those of PTSD. » Read more...
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New FLIR Situational Awareness Camera

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Officials investigating fire at Guelph recycling facility

The Guelph Fire Department in Ontario continues to investigate the cause of a fire at Guelph's Wet-Dry facility on April 13. Fire crews arrived at the scene at around 2:43 p.m. and found smoke coming from the transfers station at the recycling facility. » Learn more

Weekend fire forces evacuation of apartment building

Twenty-three people had to leave their apartment suites after a small fire broke out in Calgary on April 13. » Learn more

Suspicious fire destroys Surrey pub and liquor store

One man is in hospital with life threatening injuries after a suspicious fire destroyed a pub and liquor store on April 11 in Surrey, B.C. » Learn more

FFIC The Podcast: A 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 our latest podcast! » Listen here

Northern H.E.A.T. Conference Peace Regional Fire Chiefs

May 1 to 4, 2019
Location: Peace River, Alta.
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IAFC VCOS Symposium in the West

May 2 to May 4, 2019
Location: Pheonix, Ariz.
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OAFC Annual Conference and Trade Show

May 3 to 4, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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B.C. Fire Training Officers’ Association Conference

May 25 to May 30, 2019
Location: Nelson, B.C.
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OAFC FireCon

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