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May 21, 2019

12 ways fire departments can improve firefighter mental health

A clinical counsellor and music therapist in Vancouver General Hospital’s burns and trauma unit has some recommendations for how fire departments can do better at supporting firefighter mental health.

Has British Columbia’s fire season already begun?

The early start to this year’s wildfire season could be a harbinger of another challenging summer for the province.

First FireFit event results

Ten Canadian FireFit competitions are scheduled throughout the summer across Canada, culminating with the World FireFit and Canadian National Championships in Oshawa, Ont., from Sept. 11 to 15. More than 1,500 firefighters are expected to compete. Results from the first Canadian FireFit event of 2019, held in B.C., have been announced. Check them out.
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New FLIR Situational Awareness Camera

The NEW FLIR K1 is a rugged, compact thermal camera that serves as an extra set of eyes on the fire scene, allowing commanders, officers, and inspectors to quickly complete a thorough 360° assessment in total darkness and through smoke. With a bright, integrated flashlight, the FLIR K1 illuminates the scene to help the user steer and manage the crew more effectively. It also displays 160 × 120 pixel thermal images that help users gain additional situation awareness that is not possible with the naked eye. >> Learn more
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Leadership: Coaching Your Crew

Fire Chief Vince MacKenzie made it clear at a recent fire education conference that part of the job of fire chief requires you to be a coach. Not just any coach – a coachable coach. » Read more..
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Prevention: Reducing Risk

The City of Surrey, B.C., launched a program that forces property owners to either secure their property or pay the city to do it for them. The initiative has reduced related fires by up to two-thirds and recouped more than $853,000 from property owners. » Read more...
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Elevator & Escalator Rescue: A Comprehensive Guide, 2nd Ed.

The long-awaited second edition of Elevator & Escalator Rescue: A Comprehensive Guide is written by firefighters for firefighters and contains important information for technical rescue members, training officers, and fire company members alike.

This book details the risks involved in elevator and escalator rescues and how to face them successfully. >> Order now!

Winnipeg crews battle trio of weekend blazes

Winnipeg firefighters had a busy Friday night and early Saturday morning with three fires across the city. » Learn more

Cattle perish in dairy farm blaze

A dairy barn fire outside Moorefield, Ont. has left more than a dozen cattle dead. Wellington County OPP and Mapleton Township Fire Department were called to the blaze on Concession Road 6 around 5 p.m. Monday. » Learn more

Toronto firefighters rescue man and woman from Scarborough Bluffs

Toronto Fire says a man and woman were safely rescued from the Scarborough Bluffs on Monday night. » Learn more

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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