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June 29, 2019

1. Employment and hiring: Becoming a firefighter

Fire fighting is a challenging and rewarding career. If you’re thinking about becoming a firefighter, here are some things to consider.

2. Industry news: Female firefighters sought for study

Female firefighters from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, and elsewhere are being sought to participate in a research study conducted by the University of British Columbia in Canada.

3. 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.

4. Headlines: Brockville firefighters awarded wage increase

Brockville, Ont., firefighters are getting a retroactive pay hike of 14.24 per cent over six years in an award handed down by arbitrators.

5. Health and wellness: A story of resilience

At the age of 14, Tyler Pelke, deputy fire chief at the City of Red Deer Emergency Services in Alberta, went through a horrific ordeal. An assailant murdered his friend, assaulted Tyler, slit his throat, threw a blanket on him, doused it with gas, set him on fire and left him to die.
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6. News: Timmins names new fire chief

Timmins, Ont., Mayor George Pirie 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 and he has also been appointed as the community emergency management co-ordinator. » Read more...

7. News: 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. » Read more...

8. Leadership: At the helm

Fire Chief Cynthia Hammond didn’t have to take her focus off the firefighters making entry during her first significant structural fire as the chief of Inuvik, N.W.T.’s fire department for one second. She trusted that her pump operator knew what he was doing. She knew the water was coming. » Read more...

9. Podcast: Cannabis Challenges in the Fire Service

The National Fire Protection Association’s Canadian Regional Director, Shayne Mintz, is the guest speaker on Fire Fighting in Canada the Podcast’s latest episode. Mintz shares several ways the legalization of cannabis in Canada will challenge the fire industry and what chiefs can expect to face and tips on how to get a good handle on the changes and safety concerns without getting overwhelmed. » Read more...

10. Nova Scotia departments implement safety measures after training death

Two of Nova Scotia's largest fire departments moved quickly to implement safety measures to protect their own in the wake of a tragic training incident that killed a firefighter from Truro. » Read more...

Northwest Territories Association of Fire Chiefs

June 30 to July 4, 2019
Location: Yellowknife, N.W.T.
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Maritime Fire Chiefs Association Annual conference

July 12 to 15, 2019
Location: Moncton, N.B.
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OAFC FireCon

September 5 to 7, 2019
Location: Thunder Bay, Ont.
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CAFC Fire Rescue Canada 2019

September 13 to 16, 2019
Location: Calgary, Alta.
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