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October 29, 2019

Wage increase negotiations settled for Saskatoon firefighters

The City of Saskatoon and the union representing fire department employees managed to settle on terms for a four-year contract without arbitration. Firefighters and other department workers will receive five wage increases totalling 8.1 per cent over the four-year deal, which covers 2017 through to the end of next year.

Council approves contract for new fire station in Niagara Falls

The construction contract for a new fire station in Niagara Falls’ west end was approved by city council last week.

Condition of Sudbury’s fire halls ‘continues to decline’: report

A recent report presented to Sudbury city council in Ontario states the majority of the city’s fire and paramedic stations are in poor or very poor condition. An update was presented to the city’s finance and administration committee last Tuesday.
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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 collaboratively during large scale incidents. Blue Line magazine editor Renée Francoeur hosted a Q&A with the key partners. » Read more...

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...
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Two people seriously injured in crash involving fire truck

Two people were taken to a trauma centre after a crash between a car and a Toronto fire truck on Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews were called to the scene after 12:30 p.m. Two people had to be extricated from the car and two elderly victims were taken to hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. » Learn more

Burnaby, B.C., crews tackle high-rise fire

Burnaby, B.C., fire crews responded to a fire on the 29th floor of a building Sunday afternoon. The fire lasted about 20 minutes and caused the evacuation of the high-rise. » Learn more

High winds fuel grass fires in southern Alberta

Emergency crews responded to multiple grass fires burning in southern Alberta, fuelled by extremely high winds blowing throughout the region on Friday afternoon. » 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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Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs 2019 AGM

November 19 to November 21, 2020
Location: Niagara Falls, Ont.
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FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference

January 13 to January 15, 2020
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
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