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October 22, 2019

Mandatory WCB coverage for volunteer departments coming to Nova Scotia

On Thursday, the Nova Scotia government said it is amending the legislation governing the Workers' Compensation Board to make it mandatory for municipalities to pay for the coverage of volunteer fire department members in their respective jurisdictions.

Ontario selects Bell for first responder radio overhaul

The Ontario government has selected Bell Mobility to rebuild core components of its aging Public Safety Radio Network. The $765 million in funding was announced last year and will go towards reconstructing core infrastructure, replacing outdated equipment and maintaining the new radio network.

TV series featuring Canadian firefighters returns

Hellfire Heroes, Discovery Channel’s hit TV series featuring Canadian firefighters, returns for a second season tonight at 7:00 p.m.
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Current Issue  

Volunteer Vision: True leaders see the abilities in others

Getting recognized for what you do is an important motivator. Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy talks about recognizing leadership skills in the fire department. » Read more...
Hose line

Back to basics: Pulling the right size of hose line

Do you find yourself defaulting to the same hose for every fire? Mark van der Feyst discusses the importance of pulling the right hose lines the first time. » Read more...
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Fire damages two tow trucks

Officials say they are investigating a suspicious fire in Armdale, Ont., after two tow trucks ignited early Monday morning. » Learn more

Man seriously injured in three-alarm fire

A man was seriously injured in a three-alarm fire in North York, Ont., early Friday evening. Emergency crews were called to the York Mills Road and Don Valley Parkway area just before 6:00 p.m. for reports of smoke coming from the top of a seven-story building. » Learn more

Firefighters battle blaze at B.C. homeless camp

Black smoke filled the sky near downtown Victoria, B.C., Sunday morning as crews worked to put out a fire at a homeless camp near the Bay Street Bridge. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

What is the Nozzle Forward?

The Nozzle Forward is a system of hose line management and fire attack developed by Seattle firefighter Aaron Fields. Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope B.C., interviews Brian Pods, an Indianapolis firefighter and technical marketing manager for Task Force Tips, on how adapting this system can help fire departments big and small develop their passion and skills for aggressive and efficient fire suppression, in particular for those lower frequency but high-risk events. » Listen now

IAFC VCOS Symposium in the Sun

November 14 to November 17, 2019
Location: Clearwater, Fla.
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FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference

January 13 to January 15, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Conference

January 15 to January 16, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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