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November 26, 2019

OAFC elects 2020 board of directors

The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) elected its new board of directors for 2020. The OAFC also held its annual general meeting and fire service roundtables this week in Niagara Falls, Ont.

St. John's Goulds fire station transitioning to full-time

St. John’s Regional Fire Department's Goulds station will transition from a volunteer to full-time station within the next three to four years.

Lack of fire fighting resources putting southern Winnipeg residents at risk: union

A large chunk of southern Winnipeg could be at risk because there aren’t resources in the area to adequately protect residents from fires, warns the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg.
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Current Issue  

Feature: Improving efficiency with data

Jin Y Xie presents a case study on how Burlington Fire Department in Ontario uses data analytics and GIS spatial analysis to drive performance. » Read more...

Leadership Forum: Make taking care of yourself a top priority

Are you taking steps to improve your own mental well-being? Chris Harrow discusses the value of fire service leaders prioritizing themselves. » Read more...

Fire captain who was critically injured in blaze released from hospital

Toronto’s fire chief says a captain who was critically injured while battling a blaze earlier this month has been released from hospital. Chief Matthew Pegg shared a photo on Twitter showing Capt. James Warren leaving a downtown hospital flanked by a fellow firefighter. » Learn more

Discarded cigarette sparks fire above Hamilton, Ont., karaoke bar

Residents living above Happy Hourz Pub in downtown Hamilton, Ont., were evacuated after careless smoking sparked a fire in one of the building’s apartments. » Learn more

Vancouver apartment fire deemed suspicious

Vancouver police say a three-alarm fire that badly damaged a Marpole apartment building is suspicious. Crews were called to the three-storey apartment complex around 2:30 a.m., Tuesday morning. » 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

FDSOA Fire Apparatus, Safety and Maintenance Conference

January 12 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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Hicks Morley Labour Relations Seminar

January 29-30, 2020
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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