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April 27, 2019

1. Pegg named new Ontario Fire Marshal

Jon Pegg is the new fire marshal for the Province of Ontario. He started the job Feb. 20 and replaces Ross Nichols. Pegg has been chief of emergency management for the Province of Ontario for the past eight months and has a long history in the fire service and started as a firefighter with the Richmond Hill Fire Department in 2000.

2. Volunteer Vision: Volunteers should aspire to be humble heroes

Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie explains why he is not a fan of the word “hero” in his February Volunteer Vision column. One reason is that it is used too frequently, and the second is that everyone is a hero to someone, most of the time.

3. StopBad: Sacrifices are required to excel as a firefighter

Are you a t-shirt firefighter or a real firefighter? Do you take being in the fire service seriously? These are questions Fire Chief Gord Schreiner asks in his March StopBad column. Schreiner says once you let someone know you’re a firefighter, you better be able to back it up.

4. Trainer's Corner: A challenging drill that's fun

Fire Chief and training officer Ed Brouwer revisits a training drill that is simple to set up, yet challenging enough to keep your members interested.

5. Protocol and proper dress: Navigating rules and regulations

Canadian honours and decorations are often the most puzzling and deliberated aspect of a firefighter’s dress uniform. Firefighter Kirk Hughes shares advice to help navigate the rules and regulations around medals, honours and awards, protocol and proper dress within the industry.
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6. Health and wellness: Signs of trauma

Discussing mental health in the fire service is not easy, but it is vital. Firefighters have a higher incidence rate of mental illness and suicide than the general population and firefighter Dave Wiklanski addresses some of those issues in his February Health and Wellness article. » Read more...

7. Former fire chief files suit against City of Vernon

Vernon, B.C.’s, former fire chief filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging it terminated him without cause or notice and didn’t offer to accommodate his disability. » Read more...

8. Cape Breton Regional Fire Service seeks smaller budget

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality's fire service in Nova Scotia was one of the few departments seeking a budget reduction. Gilbert MacIntyre, deputy chief of operations, presented a draft budget to the CBRM's fire and emergency services committee in Sydney. » Read more...

9. Well Being: Cannabis in the firefighter workplace

Governments, retailers, and growers are gearing up for what is said to be a multi-billion dollar industry ever since the legalization of cannabis was first mentioned. This has left communities, universities, workplaces, and more scrambling to create policies and standards for cannabis use on the job. Dr. Elias Markou wrote about some of these issues in his Well Being column back in July. » Read more...

10. Back to Basics: The minuteman hose load

To aid firefighters in getting their lines in place, firefighters have different hose loads that can be configured on engines. One such load is the minuteman hose load. We revisit an article in our archives that firefighter and trainer Mark van der Feyst wrote back in 2008 on the topic. » Read more...

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 May 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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