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August 20, 2019

Former firefighter co-develops B.C. wildfire app

Former firefighter Aaron Kilback says his friends in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley used to ask him for updates on campfire bans and active wildfires, and he figured it would be easier if the information was all in one place.

Federal government funds creation of Indigenous Fire Marshal Office

The Government of Canada announced funding of $9.97 million over three years, starting in 2019-2020, to support the creation of an Indigenous Fire Marshal Office (IFMO).

Canada’s Indigenous fire fighting competition hits the east coast

From August 15-17, the Eskasoni band in Nova Scotia served as the first Atlantic Canadian community to host the annual skills event organized by the Aboriginal Firefighters Association.
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Feature: Common Sense in the fire service

When arriving on-scene it can be easy for incident commanders to get tunnel vision and miss the whole picture. District chief of the Atwood Station for the North Perth Fire Department Kevin Scholl discusses how an IC can affect the impact of the on-scene team. » 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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NFPA’s 2019 Fire Prevention Week products

“Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” is the theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 6 to 12.

Whether you’re making one presentation or 100, there are all sorts of ways to get people in your community involved in Fire Prevention Week with activities and giveaways that will inspire and empower them with knowledge that can help save lives.

NFPA’s materials and resources help support your department’s efforts during Fire Prevention Week, and all year long, giving people the tools and know-how to develop and practice a home fire escape plan. >> Order now

Nova Scotia house fire leaves one person dead

One person is dead after a house fire in Pictou County, N.S. RCMP say they were called to the house on Highway 347 in Willowdale, between New Glasgow and Sherbrooke, at 5:55 p.m. on Friday. » Learn more

Firefighter injured battling Winnipeg blaze

A firefighter was injured while battling a fire at a vacant house in Winnipeg’s North End Sunday morning. » Learn more

Kelowna, B.C. wildfire being treated as suspicious

The cause of a small wildfire that started Saturday evening near Highway 97 and Highway 97C in West Kelowna is under investigation. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Metoo and the fire service

MeToo allegations are serious business for any leader and organization and fire departments are not immune. Fire chiefs must be prepared to deal with such situations. Hope, B.C., Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy speaks with communications strategist Karen Gordon of Gordon Strategy about the MeToo movement and the fire service. She has spoken on the subject at a number of conferences for fire chiefs. Check it out here! » Listen now

Association of Yukon Fire Chiefs Annual Conference

August 21 to August 25, 2019
Location: Dawson City, Yukon
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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 September 16, 2019
Location: Calgary, Alta.
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