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October 15, 2019

Community supports former Calgary fire chief in need of lung transplant

An online fundraiser is raising funds for former Calgary fire chief Bruce Burrell, who is in need of a double lung transplant that would take place in Toronto.

Dogs assist in new first responder PTSD program

The Valhalla Project Niagara is launching in Ontario to treat, educate and advocate for first responders and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Niagara Regional Police Services Const. Phil Sheldon announced on Oct. 5 that the project will launch in March 2020.

Bowen Island, B.C., chief steps aside after volunteers threaten to resign

Derek Dickson, Bowen Island’s fire chief, has offered to take a leave of absence to try and resolve a workplace dispute that nearly ended in all 26 volunteer firefighters walking off the job.
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Feature: A collaborative approach

York Region’s emergency services worked out an integrated response model that sees fire, police and paramedics working more collaboratively in large scale incidents. Renée Francoeur hosted a Q&A with the key partners. » Read more...

Volunteer vision: True leaders see the abilities in others

Getting recognized for what you do is an important motivator. Hope, B.C.’s Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks about recognizing leadership skills in the fire department. » Read more...
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Fire destroys building that houses to businesses

A Wednesday morning fire sent two men to hospital and destroyed a building that houses two Chatham, Ont., businesses. » Learn more

Fire crews battle blaze at towing yard

The Brooklyn Fire Department says multiple departments were called to a towing yard on Mountain Road in Three Mile Plains, N.S., around 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Deputy Chief Ryan Richard says the fire started when a spark ignited a barrel of oil that was underneath a suspended vehicle. » Learn more

Downed powerlines sparked pair of fires in Winnipeg

The City of Winnipeg said downed powerlines are to blame for a garage and house fire in the city Thursday morning. » 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

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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IAFC VCOS Symposium in the Sun

November 14 to November 17, 2019
Location: Clearwater, Fla.
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