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November 12, 2019

New study looks at how wildfires affect firefighter health

Researchers at the University of Northern British Columbia will spend the next year studying the impacts of wildfire exposure on firefighters.

Saskatoon Fire Department implements falling awareness program

The Saskatoon Fire Department hopes a new partnership program with the Saskatoon Council on Aging (SCOA) will help prevent more seniors from falling down. The program, called Remembering When, brings SCOA volunteers and fire fighting community outreach workers into homes to identify risks before they become problems.

Calgary officials investigating malfunctioning fire hydrants

Residents of the southeast Calgary community of Legacy are raising concerns about fire hydrants they say were malfunctioning a week ago when two homes were damaged by fire.
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Current Issue  

Feature: Looking ahead

Picture your fantasy fire truck 50 years down the road. What has it morphed into? Is it flying or rising up out of traffic on spidery legs of steel? Is it self-driving? Does it run on compost and float in an indestructible bubble? The future is fun to imagine, and that cognitive projection drives us here, there and everywhere until we figure out where we are going. This brings us to the crux of our story: Where are the innovations in fire apparatus today taking us in the not too distant tomorrow? » Read more...
Deryn Rizzi

Feature: Use data to drive decision-making

Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service embarked on an ambitious data project that gained national recognition. Deryn Rizzi, Vaughan’s fire chief, shares what was learned and how the data is helping drive performance improvements in the department. The completed project, titled Igniting Insight: Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Analytics in the Fire Service, received the bronze 2019 Innovative Management Award from the National Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). » Read more...
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Gas line fire sends one person to hospital

One person was taken to hospital after a gas line caught fire at the site of a home under construction in Calgary on Thursday. » Learn more

Construction site fire deemed suspicious

Victoria police and fire investigators are asking for the public’s help as they look into a downtown building-site fire that appears to have been deliberately set. The fire alarm was first raised just after 1 a.m. on Thursday at the construction site at the Customs House building. » Learn more

Halifax crews douse fire at CN railyard

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency say the remains of an abandoned building at a CN Railyard has now been turned over to officials with the company. Crews were called to the scene at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday and spent the night and much of Sunday morning battling the blaze. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

The power of a story

A great story told well can make the difference between a lesson learnt or a lesson lost. Fire service leaders who share stories effectively can make a big impact with their personnel. Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope B.C., talks with storytelling expert Paul Smith about how to choose the right kind of story to achieve your goals and then tell it best. » 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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