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July 30, 2019

Budget cuts will hit service in Calgary, says fire chief

The Calgary Fire Department has been hit with its second budget cut this year. Calgary’s Fire Chief Steve Dongworth says cuts will have an impact on response times.

Kanata fire hall closed due to unsafe working conditions

A fire station in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, is closed due to construction caused unsafe working conditions. Construction started this winter, but Vic Dillabaugh, vice president of the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association and health and safety committee co-chair, says workers were moved out July 11.

Next Fire Fighting in Canada podcast airs August 5

In the next episode of Fire Fighting in Canada: The Podcast, sponsored by Dräger, Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy speaks with communication strategist Karen Gordon of Gordon Strategy about the Metoo movement and the fire service.
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Back to Basics: The lowdown on low-air alarms

In the world of fire fighting, it’s easy to become de-sensitized to the alarms and alerts heard from devices. In the August issue of Fire Fighting in Canada Mark van der Feyst discusses the importance of listening to low-air alarms. » Read more...

Volunteer Vision: Training is critical for departments of all sizes

How is your department? In this issue, Vince MacKenzie examines how frequent trainings can boost morale and inspire motivation among slower departments. » Read more...
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Fireground Size-Up, 2nd Ed.

Fire officers have many decisions to make when they approach a scene – decisions that could mean the difference between life and death. Pre-incident information combined with your on-scene size-up give the fire officer the advantage of knowing what to expect when arriving and operating at a fire scene.

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Half of Yukon’s women-only fire fighting program grads now first responders

In the last four years, a little more than half the participants of the women-only Ember Fire Academy have gone on to serve in emergency services. » Learn more

Nova Scotia Firefighters School seeks federal funding for expansion

The Nova Scotia Firefighters School seeks government funding to expand its 50 year-old training ground. » Learn more

Fire destroys part of North Winds motel

Firefighters have contained a fire that destroyed part of the North Winds Inn and Suites in Brackley Beach, P.E.I. Fire Marshal Dave Rossiter said one guest was taken to hospital with minor burns. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

NFPA 2019 Fire Prevention Week campaign

Podcast host and Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks with NFPA public education representative Laura King on this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign titled, “Not every hero wears a cape: Plan and practice your escape”. The two discuss what’s new this year, some background and history on the campaign and offer valuable resources departments can use as they prepare for the 2019 Fire Prevention Week which runs from the week of Sunday, Oct. 6 to October 12. » Check it out here!

APCO 2019

August 11 to August 14, 2019
Location: Baltimore, M.D.
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Association of Yukon Fire Chiefs Annual Conference

August 21 to August 25, 2019
Location: Dawson City, Y.T.
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