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December 10, 2019

Weyburn to launch junior firefighter program

Weyburn Fire Services is launching a Junior Firefighter program in the new year. Fire Chief Simon Almond said it is designed for youths ages 14 to 18.

New PTSD program trains service dogs alongside first responders who need them

Two emergency workers living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are introducing dogs as part of a new program to help fellow first responders deal with the illness.

Firefighters’ union blasts proposed plan for fire department

The union representing Thunder Bay firefighters is looking to city council to reject recommendations in a proposed new master strategic plan that would set the direction for the fire department over the next decade.
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Samantha Hoffman

First Line: If you permit it, you promote it

Winter holidays are exciting times to gather with family and friends, enjoy traditional decorations and eat special foods. Unfortunately, these holiday festivities can also present unique fire hazards, writes columnist Samantha Hoffman. It is important that the fire service practice what they preach as public educators and actively spread the message of fire safety over the holidays. » Read more...
Chris Harrow

Leadership Forum: Make taking care of yourself a top priority

Over the past few years, the mental well-being of first responders has been the subject of much conversation. Many great leaders have now implemented programs to take care of their personnel. How many of these great leaders have implemented programs to take care of themselves? By Chris Harrow » Read more...
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CP train derails near Lanigan, Sask.

A Canadian Pacific freight train hauling crude derailed overnight sparking a fire that forced the closure of part of a major highway south of Humboldt, Sask. » Learn more

Windsor firefighters push for naloxone kits

As the debate rages over whether Windsor police should carry naxolone, local firefighters have been pushing for more than a year for permission to carry the life-saving antidote for opioid overdoses. » Learn more

Man jumps from second floor window to escape apartment fire

A man was rushed to hospital Sunday morning after jumping from the second floor of a burning Gatineau apartment building to escape the flames. » Learn more
Fire Fighting This Week

Mental health moves into the mainstream

Many in the fire service will remember a time when it didn’t feel right to openly discuss a call you were struggling with. Today, organic conversations around how firefighters feel are starting to flow. Toronto’s Fire Chief Matthew Pegg discusses the fading stigma of mental illness with host Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope, B.C. Pegg and DeSorcy discuss the impact of media coverage in the aftermath of tragedy and the growth in open conversation around occupational injury and stress. What’s the next step for the fire service and mental health? Keep the topic top of mind. Listen now to keep the conversation going. » Listen now

Lambton County Firefighters’ Fire Trade Show

Jan. 25, 2020
Location: Point Edward, Ont.
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Hicks Morley Labour Relations Seminar

Jan. 29-30, 2020
Location: Toronto, Ont.
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Firehouse World 2020

Feb. 24-27. 2020
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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