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May 14, 2019

Boot camp puts B.C. firefighter recruits to the test

More than 200 young men and women are learning what it takes to join the B.C. Wildfire Service. Potential recruits will test their physical stamina and mental endurance during an eight-day course this spring with the hopes of joining the ranks of the B.C. Wildfire Service.

Ontario's forest fire fighting budget will increase as necessary

The Progressive Conservative MPP for the Kenora, Ont., area says the province will continue to free up the necessary money to fight wildfires as the Ford government has come under fire from some federal Liberals over the emergency forest firefighting budget.

Ontario First Nation declares emergency over fire deaths

A remote Indigenous community in northern Ontario where five people died in a house fire last week is so overwhelmed with grief that it has declared an emergency. The blaze on May 2 killed a foster mother, her biological daughter and three children she was raising at the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, also known as Big Trout Lake.
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Back to Basics: PASS alarms and your SCBA

Firefighter and trainer Mark van der Feyst says the SCBA is the most important piece of PPE that any firefighter can use. The level of protection that it provides is unparalleled compared to the other equipment. » Read more..
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Feature: Career Kick Start

Fire Fighting in Canada, along with Blue Line and Canadian Security magazines partnered to present the first combined Security, Police, Fire Career Expo to help potential security professionals, law enforcement officers and firefighters get their foot in the door in March. » Read more...
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This manual can be used as a guide for emergency services to develop and implement an up-to-date RIT program and/or modernize a current RIT program. Procedures and practical tips for rescuing those in trouble are included as well as how a two-team concept can provide resources for most rescue situations.

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Weekend blaze destroys barn in Woolwich

Officials are trying to determine what caused a building on a farm in Woolwich, Ont., to burn to the ground early Saturday morning. » Learn more

Five-alarm fire damages commercial building in Montreal

A five-alarm fire in Montreal’s east-end left a commercial building with several businesses in it heavily damaged on May 9. » Learn more

Surrey industrial fire destroys five vehicles

Fire crews responded to a major fire at an industrial site in the Bridgeview area of Surrey, B.C., on May 9. » Learn more

Cannabis Challenges in the Fire Service

Associate editor Jayson Koblun spoke with Shayne Mintz, the Canadian regional director of the NFPA, about several ways the legalization of cannabis in Canada will challenge the fire industry in our latest podcast. Check it out here! » Listen here

Fire Chiefs’ Association of BC and BC Fire Expo

June 2 to 3, 2019
Location: Mississauga, Ont.
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OAFC FireCon

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