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November 19, 2019

Fire services tug-of-war on Newfoundland’s Fogo Island

The Tilting Fire Services Committee is hoping to curb Fogo Island’s plan to close the Tilting station and focus all the town’s resources on maintaining the three larger stations.

Directory of mental health clinicians now live for B.C. first responders

British Columbia firefighters and other first responders in need of mental health resources can now access The Directory of Occupationally Aware Clinicians.

Saskatchewan firefighters now have non-opioid medication for medical calls

The Saskatoon Fire Department has added a new medication to its emergency response kit – Penthrox, a non-opioid gaseous drug used for pain relief.
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Feature: Cancer in firefighters

The first installment of a three-part series that is a call to action and retrospective on firefighters and cancer through the eyes of oncologist Dr. Kenneth Kunz. » Read more...

First Line: If you permit it, you promote it

Do you take an active approach to fire prevention? Columnist Samantha Hoffmann offers tips on how best to put fire safety first this holiday season. » Read more...

One person dead, hundreds displaced following high-rise blaze

A person is dead after a five-alarm fire ravaged a high-rise in North York in Ontario on Friday evening. Flames and smoke seeped out of the 15-storey building for hours as roughly 100 firefighters took turns attempting to tame the blaze. Nearly two dozen fire trucks were at the scene. » Learn more

Tanker truck carrying oil catches fire near Dawson Creek, B.C.

A tanker truck carrying petroleum crude oil rolled over and caught fire between the northeast British Columbia community of Dawson Creek and the Alberta border Saturday afternoon. » Learn more

Montreal firefighters douse pizzeria blaze

The Montreal fire department was called to a fire in a pizzeria in the Plateau Mont-Royal Sunday morning after the blaze set off an alarm just before 5 a.m. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Green initiatives in the firehall

Mitigating one’s environmental footprint isn’t a trend – it’s the now way and it’s here to stay. There are many opportunities, big and small, for the fire service to green up their operations. Gord Schreiner, the fire chief in Comox, B.C., talks with host Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope, B.C., about a number of environmental initiatives undertaken by his department and training centre. Schreiner, who also pens the StopBad column for Fire Fighting in Canada, shares cost and benefit details alongside an important message: green technology is good for your firefighters’ health and safety too. » Listen now

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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FDSOA Annual Health and Safety Conference

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