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October 8, 2019

Calgary launches online disaster preparedness tool for kids

Calgary kids have a new online tool to help them understand emergencies that may happen in their city. The Ready Squad was developed by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency to take a fun spin on teaching and training children aged seven to 12 about emergency skills and preventative actions.

Montreal firefighter taken to hospital after three-alarm fire

A firefighter has been taken to hospital after a three-alarm fire forced eight apartments to be evacuated Sunday evening.

Alberta approves $30 million in natural disaster funding

Wildfires and too much rain will put a $30 million dent in Alberta’s finances this year. The funds will help repair affected communities, roads, highways and other infrastructure.
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First line: Firefighters must understand how to deal with dementia

The number of Canadians with dementia is rising. Samantha Hoffmann discusses how the fire service must understand this disorder to better care for and protect communities. » Read more...

Stopbad: Present to represent

When you put on a fire department hat or t-shirt, you are a walking billboard for your organization. Gord Schreiner discusses the importance of looking the part as a firefighter. » Read more...
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3 Easy Steps To Fire Inspections On Your Tablet

With the right software, conducting fire prevention inspections on your tablet is easy. First, tick off answers to the provided checklists and note any code violations. Second, instantly generate a report that can be emailed or printed. Third, schedule a follow up if required. There’s a reason why fire departments from coast to coast are dropping paper and clipboards in favour of digital inspection solutions.

>> Yes, I want my fire inspections to be this easy!

Blaze destroys multiple buildings in Canning, Nova Scotia

An early morning fire in Canning, N.S., on Sunday saw two buildings destroyed, and the main street in the Annapolis Valley village closed to traffic for much of the day. » Learn more

Pair of fires highlight need for new fire station: Winnipeg union

The United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg are vocalizing the need for a fire station in Waverly West after the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service extinguished two fires within two hours in the area early Saturday morning. » Learn more

Weekend fire forces closure of university campus

Vancouver’s Emily Carr University of Art and Design campus remained closed on Sunday due to a fire that broke out Saturday morning. The fire was fully extinguished and there were no injuries, indicated a statement issued by the school. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Delivering the message

Fire chiefs work through various forms of media to convey accurate and timely information to their communities. Unfortunately, misinformation thrives in the blend of traditional and social platforms that dominate today. Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope B.C., hosts a candid conversation with Steve Darling, a senior broadcast journalist and city councillor in Port Coquitlam, B.C., that will help fire chiefs determine reliable sources, develop quality relationships with journalists, best manage a press conference and ultimately cut through the noise to deliver the needed information to their community. Check it out here! » Listen now

Firehouse Expo

October 8 to October 12, 2019
Location: Nashville, Tenn.
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Society of Fire Protection Engineers North America Conference and Expo

October 13 to October 18, 2019
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
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FSWO Professional Development Symposium

October 18 to October 20, 2019
Location: Ottawa, Ont.
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